“I See You, I Know You, I’m Cheering For You.”

A Look Back At The 2017 Refresh Conference in Seattle

It’s been a month since we were in Seattle, Washington for The Refresh Conference and we are still overwhelmed by everything we experienced. Take a look at the highlight video below…

Have you ever had that feeling that you were exactly where you needed to be, at the precise moment you needed to be there, experiencing the exact thing you needed to, with the exact people you needed to experience it with? That was the thought that kept running through our hearts and minds on March 3-4 as we joined with 1600 of our fellow foster and adoptive parents in Seattle for The Refresh Conference.

You Simply Can’t Miss The Refresh Conference This Year!

If you’re a foster or adoptive parent, there’s one conference happening this year you simply cannot miss. It’s called The Refresh Conference. Check out the video below to learn more…

“These are my people!”

For two years I’ve been a part of Refresh. And for two years, those words have crossed my heart, and my lips each time the conference kicks off. There’s no other way to explain my experience than this…. I feel at home. As comfortable as if I were hanging out in my own living room…pajama pants and all (kidding). I can breathe at Refresh. I can hurt openly without anyone looking down on me, or judging me. I can share my deepest wounds as an adoptive parent, and everyone around me nods.

They get it. More than that, they offer hope for anyone who is weary or worn out from the journey of foster care and adoption. If that’s you, let me be clear…. you simply CANNOT miss The Refresh Conference this coming fall and winter. You read that right… fall AND winter. There are now two great locations to choose from. Click below to find out more…

Get the scoop on Refresh Chicago

Get the scoop on Refresh Seattle

Question: Have you been to Refresh? What was your favorite part? Share with us in the comment section below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Escaping Hurt and Finding Hope in Foster Care and Adoption [Podcast]

Season 2, Episode 9- The Honestly Speaking Parent Podcast

Today we’re launching Season 2 of The Honestly Speaking Parent Podcast and we are so excited. We have so many great things planned over the next few months. Today, we’re talking about escaping hurt and finding hope as a foster or adoptive parent.

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It’s a big question moving into a brand New Year: How can you move past pain and defeat and into a season of hopefulness? Today, we’re sharing a recap of Monday’s blog post, 5 Ways To Find Hope In The New Year, and we’re also excited to share a excerpt from last month’s webinar with The Refresh Conference founders, Andrew and Michele Schneidler. 

The Must-Have Characteristics Of A Strong Support System [Podcast]

Season 1, Episode 8- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

We’ve often been asked how we made it through 9 years of foster parenting and 14 years as adoptive parents. Our answer is simple: We have a great support system of people who help keep us going. But how do you find a support system like this?

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“You’re going to be alright…this is going to be alright,” our friend said to us. “I know it feels like a dead-end street but there’s hope. I’m here for you!”

She was right. More importantly, she was there. Those were two things we were certain of. In our darkest moment on the journey, she looked at us with eyes of compassion, a spirit that understood, and a gentle smile that said “I get it.” We found the strength we needed to get up and keep moving.