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Have You Ever Considered Adopting from Foster Care?

Adoption article Home is the nicest word there is-Laura Ingalls Wilder brick wall with shadow

You may have noticed that I often mention how much one of my daughters really likes a recipe.  I don’t know if I can adequately express how happy it makes me when I see her joyfully partaking in a meal or special treat.

J was 2 1/2 when she came into our lives.  She was a teeny, boney little thing with straw hair and pallid skin.  Neglect and lack of nutrition had taken it’s toll on her tiny body.  But this did not dampen her fire.  That girl had energy.  She was in a bouncy house at a church picnic.  I often tell her that the first time I saw her, she was “jump, jumP, juMP, JUMP-ing.”  She had already been in the system and had been moved through several foster homes by the time I met her.

I’ve always known that I wanted to adopt.  Ed and I talked about it before we were married and we were both open to adoption if that was the path God had for us.  Infertility, miscarriage, preterm labor, and premature babies were things Ed and I became very familiar with.  And we revisited adoption.

On Sept. 20, 2010, there were 408,000 children in foster care in the United States. (source)  At that time 22% of those children would age out of the system and become homeless for a portion of time.

After Ed and I had prayed, talked, and researched, we decided that foster to adopt was what the Lord was calling us to.  We started researching agencies and licensing criteria.  Each state has a different set of foster care requirements in order to obtain a foster care license.  You can go through a county foster care agency or a private foster care agency.  We chose a private Christian foster care and adoption agency that dealt with many counties and provided foster care, therapeutic foster care, and medically-fragile care.  J. was one of the children serviced by this agency.

Due to the neglect and abuse she had suffered, she required both therapeutic and medically-fragile care.  It is nothing short of a miracle every time my daughter requests that I make her Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars.  It is nothing short of a miracle every time she sits down at the table with us and happily eats her broccoli.  It is nothing short of a miracle when she has friends over and they eat pizza together.  Just writing this out makes my eyes well up with tears because I know how far she has come physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

At this point in my blog post, I’m supposed to pull this all together and ask a question or make a “call to action.”  I’m not really sure that I want to do that.  I just know that the Lord laid a burden on my heart to share part of our family’s adoption story.  I hope it ministered to someone.  Deciding to adopt a child or children from foster care can be a very personal and private matter.  Please feel free to comment below or contact me privately if I can help answer any questions.

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How Fun! Vol. 10


“How fun!”  I find myself exclaiming this many times throughout the week.  Here are just a few things that touched me or made me smile:

Macro snowflakes.

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New Books to Read:
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood  I have always enjoyed children’s literature.  Glory Be is about 1964 Mississippi and segregation.
The Inklings by Harry Lee Pope It’s in at the library!  I’ll be picking it up and digging in soon.


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As an adoptive mom, I was deeply touched by this post, Dear Moms of Adopted Children.   Even if you’ve not adopted, it’s worth reading.


I have two 13 year-olds who are huge Blimey Cow fans.  This week’s video was Seven Ways to Beat Writer’s Block.  I thought it was cute.


What we are eating next week:

  • Saturday Homemade chicken noodle soup.
  • Sunday Cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes. They asked for them again!!!
  • Monday Spaghetti, broccoli (frozen)
  • Tuesday Chicken and rice (The old-fashioned kind my grandma used to make), green beans
  • Wednesday Pizza
  • Thursday Hamburgers, fries, mixed vegetables
  • Friday Taco salad

Baking this weekend: Salted Carmel Shortbread

Proverbs-16-3 Commit your works to the Lord.

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Have a great weekend!  Remember Philippians 4:8.  “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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A Very Special Ornament

A great gift for your adopted child from another adoptive mom at #adoption #attachment

When I was a little girl, I watched a movie called The Family Nobody Wanted and I knew I wanted to adopt.  God made a way for that to happen many years later. Our daughter was five years old when my husband and I adopted her in 2005.

I find that much of adoption parenting can be trying to find solutions for problems that you never thought would arise.  Tears can be triggered in both mother and child by simple things like stripping the bed and washing the sheets.  Holidays can present all sorts of issues.

Every year my Mom buys a Christmas ornament for each of her grandchildren. Her desire is that each will have a set of ornaments to decorate their trees with when they establish their own homes.  She begins their collections with a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament.

Christmas decorating is a fun time in our house.  We like to “ohhh” and “ahhh” over each ornament and retell its story.  But this can prove difficult when the older adopted child has no “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament like the other children in the family.  Sure, adoption ornaments are nice, but their aren’t quite the same, are they?

My solution to this was e-Bay.  I tracked down a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament from the year J was born.  She’s so happy when she places it on the tree every year and I’ve noticed that she usually picks a place that is front and center so that all can see!

Not all adoption issues are so easily fixed, but I am grateful to God that we could find a solution for this one.

If you have one, please leave a comment about your adoption solutions to the Holidays!

 A great gift for your adopted child from another adoptive mom at #adoption #attachmentElizabeth Nicholson 12/17/2013

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