Kristin will be speaking at the brand new Rejuvenate Retreat for foster and adoptive moms this October in Eastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about Rejuvenate, click here.

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Date: October 20, 2017—October 22, 2017
Event: Rejuvenate Retreat- Pennsylvania
Location: Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

We are both excited to announce that we will be returning to Refresh Chicago as general session and breakout speakers, October 6-7, 2017. To learn more about this conference and organization, click here.

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Interested in bringing us to your event? Click here for info!

Date: October 6, 2017—October 7, 2017
Event: Refresh Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

“I Didn’t Sign Up For This!”

The journey started off on a good note, only to come crashing down on you a few months later. When you find yourself whispering, “I didn’t sign up for this,” where do you go next?

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Let me begin this post by first saying, I know. I know, I know, I know, I know and I know! Sister, I’ve been there. Brother, I’ve walked in your shoes. No one told you about the way trauma rears its ugly head. No one told you about the real story behind his bed wetting, or her rage, or his impulsiveness. You jumped into this journey with two passionate feet and a heart to bring light into the darkness of a broken child’s life. And now, you’re exhausted and your kid is holding your entire family hostage.

How To Help Typically Developing Children Cope With Raising a Non-Typical Child.

One of the biggest issues adoptive parents face, is helping typically-developing children cope with the struggles and behaviors of non-typically developing children. But there is a way to find balance.

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When our first daughter was born, everything was just as it should be. She was full-term. Her birth-mom did not drink or smoke or use drugs. She took her pre-natal vitamins and ate a healthy diet. Our daughter was placed in our arms just minutes after birth. From the moment she entered the world, all was right. She developed appropriately. She walked and talked on time. She ate all the right foods and transitioned to a big girl bed with ease. We were absolutely certain there would never be a bump in the road with this child. We were convinced she would have smooth sailing as she developed and matured.

How Can Spouses Help Husbands Overcome Resistance To Adoption? (Dads & Adoption Part 2)

Season 4, Episode 39- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

If you’re a spouse and your husband just won’t get on board with adoption, it’s easy to become frustrated. But, there’s a better way to approach the subject.

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As I mentioned in last week’s episode, in the early years of our adoption journey, I was pretty resistant to the whole idea. Not because I was against adoption, I just didn’t understand it. In last week’s podcast, we talked about the ‘why’ behind the resistance that many men have felt as they’ve begun the adoption journey. On today’s episode, we’re concluding this 2-part series by discussion practical ways spouses can help their husbands overcome the resistance he may feel.

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3 Conversations My Multi-Racial Family Is Having About #NoBanNoWall.

This past week my children came home from school repeating political rhetoric they no doubt heard from classmates at school. Instead of counter with our opinion, we chose to have a conversation about it.

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I can’t scroll through my Facebook feed without seeing it. Trump is refusing access to Syrian refugees. Trump wants to build a wall on the boarder of the United States and Mexico. Trump wants to use tax-payer’s money to do so. Trump is misunderstood. Trump is the anti-Christ. Give Trump a chance. Here’s what Trump’s executive order really means. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah….and blah! I just want to see what people are up to on Facebook! Is that too much to ask?

Our Big Announcement!

Yesterday we announced some big news to our email subscribers and now, we wanted to share it with the rest of our blog community! Check out the video below…

We are moving real close to releasing Oasis Community to the entire world but, before we do, we need your help. We would love to hear what you think about this community, the questions you have, insights you could give us on the content we’re including, and any extra feedback you have. Your opinion means everything to us because, this is a resource designed for you.

Why Are Men So Resistant To Adoption? (Dads And Adoption Part 1)

Season 4, Episode 38- The Honestly Speaking Podcast

When I first began the adoption journey, more than 15 years ago, I resisted. But it wasn’t because I was against adoption. There was something else at play in the background of my life.

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It always catches people off guard when I tell them this truth about myself. For as big of an advocate as I am today, it’s hard to believe this little tidbit about me. But, it’s true. Thankfully, my heart changed not long after we began the process, and I never looked back. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more beautiful storyline for our family. I’ve discovered there are many men who go through what I went through. And much like me, it’s not that they’re against adoption. In a 2-part series on our podcast, that’s what my co-host Matt McCarrick and I are discussing.

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