Hari♥️ Destiny is not always preordained. Life is about making choices. Our lives are the sum of all the choices we make, the bridges we cross, and the ones we burn. Our souls cast long shadows over many people, even after we are gone. Fate, luck, and providence are the consequence of our freedom of choice, not the determinants. When justice is served by following our principles, making good decisions brings us inner peace😇I am very much glad to complete more than 15 families👨👩👧👦 and yet to more😇 #adoption #adoptionjourney #postadoption #intercountryadoption #usa 🇺🇸 #adoptiveparents #adoptivefamily #abandoned #cherish #memoriesforlife #childwelfare #matrimandirguwahati #blessed 🙏 #socialworker #childeducater #counsellorlife
Covid date night? Drive in movie. Thanks Matt for always keeping things fun, and thanks to my dad for watching our little guy. ❤️ Matt made sure we got a good seat, unbeknownst to me, we were here an hour early 😂. Star Wars here we come @watergardenstheaters #datenight #hopingtoadopt #tenyearstogether #covidromance #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily
Hey Party People! • There are a lot of new friends around here recently, so I thought I’d do a quick introduction! • I’m Katie! Jesus follower, wife to Garrett and new mom to our lil bit Theo. Theo joined our family through domestic infant adoption this past April, and I’ve loved the members of the adoption community I’ve met through these squares. I’m the host of the @messyhallelujahpodcast telling stories of faith in the middle of the messes- I believe faith isn’t always tied up with a pretty bow and that’s what makes it beautiful. • If we’re talking personality tests, I’m an enneagram 7, ENFJ and STRONG yellow/red. When I’m not working at my job I love, you can find me binge watching Law and Order SVU or hunting for bargains on the racks of Walmart. I could survive the rest of my life only crunchy purple grapes, pizza and Diet Coke. • Now that you know a little bit more about me, I want to know about you! Do we have anything in common?
Give kids a granola bar and you have fed them a snack. Teach them to grow and forage and they won’t come to you asking for a snack.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are your children/grandchildren learning heritage skills of gardening, foraging, cooking and preserving?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •
Oh I love it when photo memories pop up! 2018 I was scrolling through, my heart fluttering at how big all the kids have gotten in 2 years, especially Adam. Then I realized I've never been able to share these without covering his face! So here you have it, a compilation of Adam "Little Man A" pics from the first month that he was part of our family. The very first photo, of him between Scot & I, was from the very first time we got to meet him - 2 days before he moved in. The day after he moved in we went to Sacramento for two nights to celebrate 4th of July. Then a week later we took a road trip to Sunriver, Oregon. He got thrown in the mix real fast! 💞 #LittleManA #adamxiansmith #fostercarestory #adoptionjourney #ourson #adoptivefamily #adoptionrocks #fostercareadoption #fostercareawareness #fostercare
Someone shared this with me recently. We were able to process what it might feel like to fall short of adoptive parents’ expectations as their adopted child. • There’s no easy response here, just affirming it’s ok to feel this way👶🏻 • #adopted #adoptee #adoptees #adopteevoices #teenadoptee #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #adopteemovement #adopteesspeak #dearadoption #adoptivefamily #adoptiveparents #projection #familydynamics #familytherapy #familycounseling #adoptionawareness #mentalhealthawareness #bravespaces #therapy #therapyredeemed
More of the adorable kids on Patrick’s side of the fam. 😍 Kinetic sand is SO fun to play with, even when it’s all over your floor. 😂😅 . . . . . . . . #andersonfamilyadoption #adoption #adopting #adoptionrocks #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt #lookingtoadopt #wereadopting #weareadopting #waitingtoadopt #adoptivefamily #hopefuladoptivefamily #fostercare #fosterfamily #hopefuladoptivecouple #thisisus #privateadoption #openadoption #asoptionislove #independentadoption #hopefulparents #adoptionjourney #infertilityjourney #infantadoption #domesticadoption #virginiaadoption
I’ll never get over these silly faces she makes when laughing! 😍🤣 . . . . . . . . . #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily #adoptionislove #adoptionstory #adoptionisbeautiful #waitingforelise #elisecorinne #lemaysadopt #babygirl #adoptionjourney #thatsdarling #sweetcheeks #19months #babylove #motherhood #rainbowbaby #summertime #summerfun #homegoods #summervibes #summer
Have you ever ordered something, with every intention of using it, but then it sat in the box for months? . That was me with my superfoods shake. . I ordered it in November, but Thanksgiving, then Christmas, school started back up, admin trips out of town, and life just got in the way. Literally, I pretty much forgot it was there. I was supposed to get a new shipment every month, but I just kept pushing it off until the next month because, well, there was that box in the corner. . Then the phone call came. I had to admit to my friend, the one who had recommended this to me, that I hadn’t even tried it. Her advice: OPEN THE DAMN BOX SHELLY! . So I did. I tried it. It tasted good, but would it really do what she said? . Give it a few weeks she said. You should see/feel changes. It didn’t take a few weeks for me. Within a week, my cravings had lessened, I wasn’t as hungry hours after drinking it as I had been when I’d eaten a meal, and I was noticing changes in my bathroom habits (sorry, TMI, but facts! ) . Now, I wish I had opened that box sooner. I wish I hadn’t let it sit there for months. Hindsight is always 20/20, but we can’t undo what’s been done. We can just move forward. . And, move forward I have. It’s now a part of my daily routine, either for breakfast, or an afternoon snack so I don’t get the “before dinner munchies.” It’s what keeps me healthy I know. (the benefits of 7 salads in one glass ). It’s what curbs my appetite. It’s what keeps the snacking at bay. It’s what keeps this girl regular, if you know what I mean 😉! . I’m sending samples to friends that will be joining me in my next challenge group. Can I send some to you??? Drop your favorite flavor (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, cafe latte ) in the comments and let’s chat!
Dear Expectant Mom, We will be the first to admit that when we first started this journey 2.5 years ago, we were a little afraid of you. Not afraid of you as a person, but afraid of the possibility of sharing our parenthood with you. Because we were already parents, we understood the fierceness of a parent's love for their child. And maybe there was a part of us that felt like sharing a child through an open adoption relationship would somehow fracture that fierce love. As if sharing the love of a child with you would make ours less complete and whole for the child. Or, as if sharing the love of a child with you would somehow take away from our experience of parenthood. Please hear our hearts in this and know that WE AREN'T AFRAID anymore! In fact, it didn't take very long at all for God to completely soften our hearts to you. Where there was once fear and doubt, there is now only hope and faith. We know that our fierce love cannot be fractured. We know that sharing the love of a child with you makes the love more whole, not less. We know that gaining a child is not the only blessing of adoption anymore, YOU are a blessing to us too. We stand here with our arms wide open, completely vulnerable, ready to form a unique kind of family with you, if you'll let us. We stand here, completely vulnerable, ready to love you through it all. We hoped and prayed for an open adoption from the beginning (despite our fears ) because we knew that it was best for the child. Now, we hope and pray for an open adoption because WE LOVE YOU! Please find us soon. Love, Kyle, Emily, and Blakely
Why choose us? Another reason: we provide 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 for birth parents. . It is better for birth parents, adopted children, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 adoptive families when birth parents receive the respect and support they deserve. . Adoptive parents must understand that they, too, benefit when birth parents are well counseled, well treated, and well served. ❤️ . Text or call (anytime! ) for info about adoption: (317 ) 496-2207. Or visit our site at the 🔗 in bio. . . . #adoption #domesticadoption #adoptionjourney #adoptivefamily #adoptionsupport #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionlove #adoptionagency #hopingtoadopt #birthmother #birthmothers #birthmothersupport #birthmom #birthmomstrong #birthmomsrock #birthmomsupport #birthparents #samesexadoption #samesexparents #samesexfamily #samesexfamilies
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a season for everything! And before you tune us out and start playing that Beatles song in your head...TURN, TURN, TURN...hear us out. • • Our Society in general is in a hard season right now. • • Individuals are facing hardships—as well as our families and our communities. Our Adoption World is no different. Birthparents and Adoptees go through different seasons. Adoptive parents too! • • Verses 1-8 give exact opposite emotions and actions: Born\Die Kill\Heal Tear Down\Build Mourn\Dance Weep\Laugh Scatter\Gather Embrace\Refrain Search\Give up Keep\Throw Away Tear Down\ Mend Silent\Speak Love\Hate War\Peace • • The thing is we can’t say we should always be embracing the emotions/actions on the left side or the right. Why? Because there is a season for all of these emotions on both sides. • • • • So we thought we would ask—What season are you in? • • For us—right now—we are in a season of listening and learning.
Double tap if a bonfire 🔥 + s’mores 🍫 = ALL THE SUMMER VIBES for you ☀️ @delcoronado they offer Roast which is a concierge service where they set up chairs and a bonfire for you and your family to enjoy. Plus, UNLIMITED s’mores. I’m telling you it’s a service you definitely shouldn’t miss. Pretty sure it was a highlight of our little staycation. Bonus- it also leads to some pretty hilarious conversations. Something about the combo of the salty sea air + sugar high from the s’mores 🥰🥰🥰 Check our stories to see the whole set up 👍🏻 Have you visited The Hotel Del Coronado? #delmemories #hoteldelcoronado . . . . . #familytravel #familytravelblog #kidstravel #travelwithkids #travelkids #familytrip #familyjaunts #bringthekids #traveltogether #adoptivefamily #adoptivemom #adoptivesiblings #adoptionrocks #mightymamasbyadoption #travelblogger #luxurytravel #luxuryfamilytravel #travelinfluencer #ilovetravel #travelstroke #instavacation #sandiego #travelbreak #travelinstyle #visitcalifornia #coronadoisland #coronado
You've heard of postpartum depression, but did you that adoptive moms can experience something quite similar? According to a 2012 study at Purdue University, Post-Adoption Depression affects 18-26 percent of adoptive moms? So why don't we hear much about it? And why is it cloaked in shame? Today's guest, @authorjcallahan , shares her story of post-adoption depression following the adoptions of her children. Through her experience, she found multiple tools to help herself come through the darkness and back into the light of enjoying her family and her life. She generously shares her journey and her top tips in this episode. . Drop an emoji if you'd like us to send a clickable link for this episode to your DMs. . . . #theadoptionconnection #adoptionpodcast #depressionhelp #authorgram #postadoptiondepression #adoptionishard #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #adoptionstrong #chinaadoption
It's a match! C&C, from NY, matched with an expectant mama due in this fall. This couple felt drawn to this adoption situation and mama the moment they found out! . . . . . #familythroughadoption #infantadoption #domesticinfantadoption #buildingfamiliesthroughadoption #openadoption #rgadoption #rgadoptionconsulting #adoptivefamily #birthmom #adoptionawareness #waitingfamily #hopefuladoptivefamily #adoptioniscomplicated #adoptionislove #bettertogether #adoptionislife #adoptionisbeautiful #birthmamalove #2020baby #adoptionisdifficult #goodvibes #infantadoption #adoptionconsultant #itsamatch #NYfamily #comingthisfall #novemberbaby #birthmotherrelationship #NYadoption #hopefulparents ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For all things adoption, follow us at @rgadoption
As transracial adoptees, many grow up in predominantly white families, white communities; as the minority. Even though we grow up in a white world, in white families, we are not safe from what the rest of the world (and even what some of our family members see us )—a racial minority. . "Just because we’re raised in white homes, in cute little towns, with nice people, doesn’t mean we’re safe from harm. It’s almost harder, because people like to think we’re immune. We aren’t." . Repost (and to see full post ) from @kiana .bosman ・・・ My Family Is White, But That Won’t Save Me Even though I wish it would. I wish it would’ve spared me when I was younger, & I wish it was enough to protect me in the future. But it’s not. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• My mom said “People need to understand that trying to raise black kids as white kids is wrong.” 👏🏾 #GoMamma Our lives our different than our white siblings, friends, & cousins & it always will be. We don’t get to learn about racism at “age appropriate times, because we’re forced to experience it whenever an aggressor chooses. So be proactive. Talk to us. Listen to us. Talk to those who have walked this road before us. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• - I was four the first time we had a serious conversation about race & skin because somebody wouldn’t hold my hand. • - I was in 8th grade when two girls behind me in math class said the N-Word repeatedly at me. Until the bell rang. • -I was 15 when my white peer looked me in the eyes & said “ I DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE LIKE YOU EVEN HAVE RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY” just because I asked for my seat back. • - I was 19 the first time I feared a cop •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Just because we’re raised in white homes, in cute little towns, with nice people, doesn’t mean we’re safe from harm. It’s almost harder, because people like to think we’re immune. We aren’t. If you let us believe we’re immune; we won’t be ready when we’re forced to face it. We aren’t privileged or protected from racism just because we’re adopted by white people. Adoptive parents; You signed up to stand up, the moment you signed those papers. ••••••••••
Every year, our Bound4LIFE Birmingham smallgroup hosts a donation drive at our local crisis pregnancy center. We announce it on social media praying that hundreds come to donate diapers, wipes and other needed baby item donations to support moms, fathers, and families in crisis. Every year, we are blown away by the gifts brought by the community. And I love that my children grow up where this kind of activity is their normal. That loving others and helping them in their needs is commonplace. Our friend @captainmcnamarica took some candids of our children during the donation drive. And these took my breath away. Because if there was ever a photo to sum up these two brothers this would be it. ❤️ Love sees, Love gives, Love builds. #TheHouseThatLoveBuiltBook #profamily #fosterfamily #adoptivefamily #multiracialfamily #fostercare #adoption #fosterlove #Godbuildsfamily #Godbuilt #Lovebuilt #Lovebuiltdreams #Lovebuiltdestiny
Hey guys how are you? I hope everyone is doing well and in the best of health.￼￼ For those who just started to follow me I want to first say WELCOME❤️ My story is on my page but I have noticed that if you are on a laptop or computer that it is not visible. So here is my story. From a young age I’ve always wanted to become a foster mom. The reason is because I spent my teen years in the foster care system. Most people call me a success story because “I made it out”. I graduated high school went to college and got two different certifications got my license, my own car, and my own apartment. While I was getting my life together an older sister of mine had four kids, which she lost to the foster care system. Her first child was born when I was 16 years old. I really wished I could have kept those four kids but I couldn’t because I was too young. I was also still in care myself so being a resource parent wasn’t an option. When I finished college and aged out of the system she gave birth to her fifth child. I made it my mission to fight for the baby and raise her myself. Now she’s my oldest and beautiful D’Nasia. It took me three months to prove myself and to finish the classes and then she came home with me. After that my sister had three more kids that I also took in awithout hesitation.￼ Those babies are J’Den, Gionny, and Samyah. Soon after during and emergency situation I took in my niece’s daughter when she was three months old and adopted her as well. She’s the youngest girl Lilith. I would have never imagined at 24 that from adopting one four more would come along. It’s been a tough journey but I regret nothing. So I adopted five then finally had one of my own. It was something I always talked about but never thought I would ever do. Until one day my doctor told me that due to a medical condition it was either now or never so my biological son was born the baby of the bunch 2 year old Kyree. I am so thankful and blessed to have been able to keep my family together. It’s always been about the kids and it always will be. Music: With You In The Morning Musician: Carl Storm #adoption #bigfamily #adoptivefamily #blessed #singlemomofsix #momofsix
So many wounded hearts today. ⠀ ⠀ So many broken bodies. ⠀ ⠀ So many lost lives. ⠀ ⠀ So many crushed spirits. ⠀ ⠀ So many unheard pleas.⠀ ⠀ So many disillusioned Americans. ⠀ ⠀ So many grieving mothers. ⠀ ⠀ So many heartbroken children. ⠀ ⠀ So many jaded former church-goers. ⠀ ⠀ So much isolation. ⠀ ⠀ So much loss. ⠀ ⠀ So much uncertainty. ⠀ ⠀ But even so, we still exist. ⠀ ⠀ #adoption #adoptivefamily #adoptiveparent #americandream #fosterfamily #parenting #fosterparent
Yes, he’s my dad and I’m enjoying this evening on the hammock 👶❤️ #birthmomsrock #adoptionislove #selfless #adoptionanotheroption #family #togetherisbetter #openadoption #adoption #anewbeginningadoption #anewbeginningadoptionagency #openadoption #birthmomsupport #internationaladoption #fosteradoption #infantadoption #domesticadoption #adoptivefamily #adoptionjourney #idahoadoption #specialneedsadoption #boiseadoptionagency #birthmomsupport #chooselife
We got our profile book in the mail! Watts’ page is of course my favorite ✨. More sneak peaks of a few of the pages in my stories if you’ve ever wondered what what these sorts of things are like
I love sharing about our life on social media - all things Hawai’i and homeschool and fostercare and adoption and military family and working from home... Sometimes I shed light on some dark things too, though. I just want you to know it’s because I feel called to. I pray more and more of us will feel called soon, too. ❤️
Sometimes when a family chooses to adopt, they do not know exactly how they want to go. Most of the time when you think adoption, you think newborn. An Evermore family decided to apply for a situation for a private adoption, however, dcf is in involved. A mom and her daughter sat down reviewed profiles and one of our families has been chosen to move forward. It is not going to be an easy transition nor will it be quick, however, they will continue to be amazing. . “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan . . . #adoptiongoals #waitingtoadopt #waitingfamily #adoptionfacts #adoptioneducation #loveadoption #adoptionfunding #adoptionjourney #adoptionishard #adoptionisrad #adoptivefamily #adoptionislove #hopefuladoptiveparents #lovemakesafamily #hopingtoadopt #newbornadoption #shareourstory #evermore #adoptionconsultant #evermoreac #adoptionfundraising #domesticadoption #hopefuladoptivefamily #semiopenadoption #fundingouradoption #chosen #matched #chosenfamily #adoptionfunding #birthmothersupport #fostertoadopt
Uk Adoption community daily photo challenge day 13. My best advice is to ‘Live your best life and things will happen when they are meant to.’ #adoption #adoptivemum #ouradoptionstory #ukadoptioncommunity #adoptioncommunityuk #adoptionuk #adoptionjourney #adoptiveparent #adoptivefamily #adoptionbloggs #ukacdaily #adoptionukcommunity #adoptionjourneyuk #adoptiveparents
One year ago we woke up on the other side of the world, insanely jetlagged, and so ready to meet our new son. I'll never forget the way his nanny ran to us with him in her arms when she saw us arrive, or how incredibly special and heartbreaking his three days of goodbyes to his orphanage-family in Vietnam were. We feel so grateful to have been able to be there and meet them and to be able to maintain those relationships. We have such fond memories of our weeks in Vietnam- exploring the cities, becoming a family, trying tons of new foods, showering Toan with all of our attention, and his favorite- playing ball for hours in our hotel rooms. The last year has been one full of changes and adjustments and so many new things for our little guy and he is a trooper through it all. I can't say enough how incredibly blessed we feel to get to have him in our family. These are some of my favorite photos from our adoption trip and of Toan from this last year. Happy Family Day Toan! #oneyearhome #Vietnam #InternationalAdoption #WeCouldHaveMissedThis #BlessedByAdoption #DillonInternational #NinhThuan #PhanRang #VietnamAdoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #adoptionday #adoptionjourney #gotchaday #familyday #arthrogryposis #AMC #ouradoptionjourney #adoptivemamas #adoptivefamily #lovemakesafamily
I’m not sure where the time went, but this baby girl of ours will be 9 months old tomorrow! &, today, the ball pit for her playroom finally came! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I think it’s safe to say she loves it - we couldn’t get her out of it! This is from the Etsy shop: whatkidslovethemost 😊 • • • • • • • • #girlmama #momlife #happyheart #mamasgirl #ootd #babyootd #babyplayroom #playroom #momblogger #mondayvibes #happybaby #9monthsold #ourfirstbaby #adoptivefamily #documentinglife #documentingmotherhood
Seems this past Sunday was our first day of watching the Convention Program I thought I’d take a little stroll down memory lane of our family at each convention since having the privilege of becoming parents. ❤️ 2020-2011 #convention #alwaysrejoice #conventionofjehovahswitnesses #2020 #virtualconvention #familypics #adoption #adopting #jwadopt #jwbaby #adoptivefamily #adoptiveparents #adoptionmadeusafamily #adoptionislove #jwkids #jwfamilyadopting #weareready #readyforbaby #hopefuladoptivefamily #hopefuladoptivesparents #christianfamily #adoptingthisyear #birthmothersareselfless #love #selflessdecision #respect #michiganfamily #jwsinmichigan #domesticadoption #homestudyapproved
We are learning so much from Adoptees who are coming forward and bravely sharing their experiences! • • One nugget of advice that @_project_dawn recently gave us is that you don’t have to have an answer for everything. It’s ok to say I don’t know. Don’t make up something just to have an answer or just to be able to say something. Adoptive Parents desperately want to be able to fill in the missing pieces and in that desire sometimes create narratives that aren’t true. This is much more harmful than just being truthful and saying “I don’t know.” • • Shout Out to all of the amazing adoptee accounts like @_project_dawn and @tinaa_bauerr who are sharing their experiences. Thank you!
Happy Monday, friends! Today we’re talking all about JOY 🎉 You have the opportunity to choose joy everyday! No matter what you’re walking through, seeking joy gives you the chance to focus on hope and share light with those around you🌟 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 What brings YOU joy? Share with us in the comments below ‼️
Empower your teen this summer. Sign them up today for our virtual summer group! https://bit.ly/323MseG We are one week away from our much anticipated - Teen "Speak Out" Summer Groups! Starting July 20, your high schooler will have a full virtual week with other adopted teens to explore essential life topics with our adoption expert, Kristen Reighard, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and adoptee. Kristen with help teens navigate discussions surrounding - adoption & identity- "How it affects us?" "How can we respond?" "What's in your control?" "How do you cope?" Visit our website to learn more about the valuable topics teens will be a part of. Space is limited, so we encourage you not to wait and register today. This event is open to all adopted teens regardless of their connection to Barker.
Why choose us? Another reason: we have a 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 to serve both the expectant parents considering adoption AND the prospective adoptive parents. Agencies can have competing interests, but we truly serve both types of clients – and, first and foremost, the child. ❤️ . Text or call (anytime! ) for info about adoption: (317 ) 496-2207. Or visit our site at the 🔗 in bio. . . . #adoption #domesticadoption #adoptionjourney #adoptivefamily #adoptionsupport #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionlove #adoptionagency #hopingtoadopt #birthmother #birthmothers #birthmothersupport #birthmom #birthmomstrong #birthmomsrock #birthmomsupport #birthparents #samesexadoption #samesexparents #samesexfamily #samesexfamilies
Uk adoption community photo challenge #ukacdaily Day 12 Family Our boys came home two weeks before lockdown. With two new little ones at home there were times when we felt very alone with no one to turn to. However, our family were absolutely great! They tried their very best to support us and thought of creative ways to get to know the boys and it’s worked really well. From visiting our front window and doing silly dances and singing songs with the boys, daily FaceTime story time, social distancing snack time on the door step, phoning us in the evenings to check we are ok. They have been amazing and we are incredibly lucky to live so close to our family. #adoption #adoptivemum #ouradoptionstory #ukadoptioncommunity #adoptioncommunityuk #adoptionuk #adoptionjourney #adoptiveparent #adoptivefamily #adoptionbloggs #ukacdaily #adoptionukcommunity #adoptionjourneyuk #adoptiveparents
Here we are. Together is seriously our favorite place to be. ❤️ I got this photo in 2 minutes with a tripod and wireless remote. Easiest family photo yet!
Did you know that YOU are the one who creates your adoption plan? YOU are who decides who/how much time is spent with the baby? YOU are who is in complete control? Nothing is done without YOUR say-so. We are here to help YOUR adoption wishes become reality. Link in bio! #BirthMomMonday #BirthMom #BirthMomStrong #UnplannedPregnancy #UnexpectedPregnancy #Pregnant #PregnancyHelp #PregnancyOptions #PregnancyResources #Adoption #Adopt #AdoptiveFamily #AdoptionRocks #3rdOption #Abortion #AbortionAlternative #ChristianAdoption #ChristianAdoptionAgency #NonProfitAdoption #InfantAdoption #DomesticAdoption #FloridaAdoption #FloridaAdopts #NICUAdoption #BiRacialAdoption #TransRacialAdoption #OpenAdoption #SemiOpenAdoption #ClosedAdoption #ForeverFamily
👩👩👦👨👩👦👦 STILL TIME TO BOOK!! 👨👩👦👦👩👩👦 Really looking forward to our first virtual focus group this Thursday! These are a great opportunity available to all our families to have their questions answered by members of our team, have their say and discuss topics they want to discuss and at the same time, maybe help support someone else! It's a win win! 📲 Contact the Agency to book on #focusgroup #adoptyorkshire #yorkshireadoptionagency #supportingeachother #supportingadoptionfamilies #virtualfocusgroup #virtualfocusgroups #proudtoadopt #adoptiveparents #adoptivefamily #adoptiveparentstobe #adoptiveparentstobe 👪 #adoptiveparentstoadoptiveparent #youcanadopt #supportingchildren #adoptivechildrencompletefamilies
Two years ago to the day we introduced this sweet family as an Evermore family, just starting their process. By July 30th they were matched. Baby Wynter was born in January 2019 and they have been having all the adventures as girl parents ever since, as a family of 5. . . . . . #adoptiongoals #waitingtoadopt #waitingfamily #adoptionfacts #adoptioneducation #loveadoption #adoptionfunding #adoptionjourney #adoptionishard #adoptionisrad #adoptivefamily #adoptionislove #hopefuladoptiveparents #lovemakesafamily #hopingtoadopt #newbornadoption #shareourstory #evermore #adoptionconsultant #evermoreac #adoptionfundraising #domesticadoption #hopefuladoptivefamily #semiopenadoption #fundingouradoption #chosen #matched #chosenfamily #adoptionfunding #birthmothersupport
Today we heard from Vivian’s birth mom for the first time ever. I would be lying if I said anything other than it completely & utterly wrecked me. When I read how thankful she was for us giving Vivian the life she never could, but how much it hurts her to be without the child she gave birth to, it made me ugly cry. Adoption is so many things. It’s beautiful & ugly. It’s happy & sad at the same time. It’s emotional for a thousand different reasons. It’s the best & the hardest thing you’ll ever do. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I sure wish more people would take the leap & say yes to adoption. When Vivian asks about her birth family one day, I will be able to confidentially say that they loved her so much that they wanted more for her. That they not only chose life, when it would’ve been so easy in our world to choose otherwise, but they chose us to be her parents. I am forever thankful. Forever humbled. Forever in awe of the work of God. • • • • • • #prolife #adoption #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #adoptionishard #adopt #throwbackthursday #tbt #adoptivemama #adoptivefamily #girlmom #mamasgirl #homestudy #homestudyapproved #thankful #blessed #blessedmama #ourfirstbaby
I’ve been more active on speaking about adoption using my adoption account. Wanted to repost this topic here. Simply put, white saviorism is rampant in transracial adoption, which can have roots in white supremacy. Children are not a one size fits all. Adoption is not one size fits all. There CAN be ethical adoption but first questions should be, where’s the family preservation? Why is the bio family in the current situation where they feel giving away the child(ren ) is the only option? Adopting a child from a different race is going to be VERY DIFFERENT. Your child will stand out & often feel alone in their experiences. Adoption does NOT “solve” racism; in fact it can be rooted in racist ideology, i.e. demonizing the birth family/culture. Adoption isn’t over once you sign the papers; it’s just beginning. Finally, if you don’t have friends of the same race as the child you’re adopting ... why is that? What other support systems do you have in place? TW: suicide Another transracial adoptee died by suicide last week. Adoptees are 4x as likely to suffer this. If you are looking into adoption, you need to do the work & be prepared to listen. I’m not discrediting those with good experiences. But there are too many bad experiences. Too many unspoken issues. For things to change, they need to be talked about. Now. #adoptionawareness #transracialadoption #adopteevoices #adopteevisibility #adultadoptee #adopteevoices #adoptee #transracialadoptee #adoptiveparents #adoptivefamily . #adopteevoices #flipthescript #chinaadoption #transracialadoption #adopteewriting #transracialadoptee #asianamericanwriters #adoptionpoem #adoptionis #adopteevisibility #notmynaam #adopteecommunity #adopteestrong #adoptee #nam #adoptionart #adopteestories #adopteemovement #adopteesspeak #adoptionjourney #adultadoptees #AmericanAdoptees #amwriting #howtobeadopted #adoptionawareness #adultadoptee
Thomas and Jonathan became dads through fostering and then adopting their children. Since 2005👨❤️💋👨, when the two first met online, their lives have covered a great distance, both literally and metaphorically. Their lives have included working on a gubernatorial race, joining the army with DOMA still intact, fostering and then adopting their two girls, moving from Florida to Maryland to Vermont, and traveling around America in an Airstream. And, wonderfully, their latest chapter includes a third child they recently welcomed into their home and their hearts.❤️🙌✨ In honor of #NationalFosterCareMonth , Jonathan and Thomas are here to answer your questions! Check out our stories to send them a question and they'll respond this weekend! 🤔🤗 Also, click the link in our bio to read their story. 👈
Our adoption story. ✨ We recently did a special family session with Kelly McPhail Photography, a local photographer that specializes in family, maternity, and newborn photos. What I love about Kelly’s work is that she works hard to capture the family’s vibe within the photos. Our family is a mosaic blend, a beautiful chaos. ♥️ Kelly has been following our adoption journey, which has been filled with the highest highs and very low lows, and today on her blog she shared highlights from our photoshoot with our story weaved through the photos. We believe in protecting our children’s stories, and Kelly did an excellent job of telling our family’s adoption story while honoring the areas that needed to remain private. To read our adoption story, go to Kelly McPhail Photography’s website — link in her bio. ☀️ #adoptionjourney #failedadoption #adoptionblogger #transracialadoption #transracialfamily 📷: @kellymcphailphotography
2 years ago today, I dropped my kiddos off at my parents house, packed my bags, and headed to the beach for a much needed weekend away to relax with just my sweet hubby. We had not been on the beach for even an hour when I got an unexpected phone call. THE phone call. The call that changed our lives forever. We sat watching waves crash in as we huddled together listening to a Holt staffer tell us briefly about a sweet little guy who was 8 months old and in need of a match. She told us she would email us his file and we could think it over and let her know if we wanted to proceed with this placement. We hurried back to our hotel room to connect to the Wifi and opened up her email. I saw this photo right here for the first time that day. As soon as I laid eyes on him I said “that’s him. That’s my son!” You coulda stuck a fork in me. I was done. Instead of a relaxing, carefree weekend, we spent the weekend celebrating, praying, and crying tears of joy. We had finally been matched with our final puzzle piece. Our Maverick. It would take almost a year and a half from that day to make him an official member of the Wheeler fam, but we’d do it all over again and then some. Oh how thankful I am for that day 2 years ago when this sweet boy entered our hearts forever. #raisedbygrace #mommyblogger #mymavvy #adoption #koreanadoption #ouradoptionjourney #internationaladoption #intladoption #ourfinalpuzzlepiece #happymatchiversary #wheelerpartyof5 #adoptivemamas #adoptivefamily #seoulinlove
I’m guessing if you’re using this app, you’ve been sucked into the comparison trap in some capacity in this space. Maybe comparing vanity metrics like likes or followers, or maybe someone’s success or productivity, or their friends or community, or what you perceive is a better life or family. But can we agree that comparing ourselves to strangers on the internet does no good thing for our souls? Also? It doesn’t do any good for our sisters, either; it’s hard to lift each other up when our hands are full from holding a measuring stick. So, just a little reminder because I know I need it often: to more cheering on, less looking to the left & to the right, & more eyes fixed ahead on what is ours to tend to, our very own precious life. . 📷 @anna .d.spears #communityovercompetition #millsfamilytimes #comparisonisthethiefofjoy
Day ✌🏻 at the beach☀️ there are 4 couples & 5 kids in our house so our whole house is up by 6 & headed to the beach by 9! My bathing suit is @fabriksuwanee & Viv’s is @mudpiegift 💛 • • • • • #beachbabe #adoptionjourney #babysfirstbeachtrip #happyheart #babyootd #summerootd #rufflebutts #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily #adoptivemom #myworld #rosemarybeachflorida #girlmom #girldad #documentingmotherhood #documentinglife #influencer #influencerlife #momlife #liketoknowit #liketoknowitstyle
One of the napkins read: “I was adopted 64 years ago. Thank you for giving this child a loving family to be part of. Us adopted kids need a little extra love. Congratulations.” #LookForTheHelpers ⠀⠀ Join 13,000 people who get inspiring good news in their email every week. Link in bio 💛 @goodgoodgoodco @goodgoodgoodco @goodgoodgoodco
I didn’t think it was possible to miss my mom any more. Then, I became a mom. • I’m going to be honest with you. There have been more days then there haven’t been when I’ve cried because I need my mom so desperately in this season. Then I cry because I feel guilty that I’m anything but overjoyed when the baby so many people prayed for is sleeping in the next room. • Even though I know she is always with me, a few weeks ago I started yearning for a physical reminder of that. Enter @thelocketsisters . They create the most stunning personalized lockets, and when I reached out to them, they took time to help me figure out the perfect photo to fit my locket. It’s one of my favorite memories with my mom, on one of my favorite days. • Today, I cried, but they were happy tears. Thank you @thelocketsisters for the perfect way to help me remember that my Mom is near.