adoption and foster care

Do You Pay Your Kids? – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Money is a tricky subject and every family manages it differently. I’m trying something new with Greenlight. My oldest is 32. Not to sound all nostalgic, but money was simpler when she was growing up. No phones. Lots of chores done for the sake of our homeschooling family. No allowance, but we met needs as they came up. She and her siblings earned money babysitting and later had jobs. There is a 20-year span between my oldest and youngest –…

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Should You Take the Leap Into Foster Care and Adoption? – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Should you become a foster or adoptive parent? While I can’t tell you what’s right for your family, our story may help you. Sometimes we need to jump in over our heads simply because God asks us to. That’s what happened to us a few years ago when we unexpectedly became foster parents. Becoming Foster Parents This is the very short version of our adoption history. We had seven children by birth, adopted three from Ethiopia, adopted one more from Ethiopia.…

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3 Ways For Moms to Pray Through the Hardest Days – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Last week I wrote,  5 Reasons Prayer is Essential for Adoptive and Foster Moms, and I promised to share three ways of praying that carried me through our hardest parenting season and continue to be essential to my prayer life. What if you feel you can’t pray? There are so many reasons we may feel this way. Lack of time and energy are at the top of many moms’ lists. Mental fog and stress are other factors. Doubt may grab…

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5 Reasons Prayer is Essential for Adoptive and Foster Moms – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Adoption and foster care may lead us to places we never imagined. It’s no ordinary life, my friends. Would you agree? Our children existed before we knew them. They grew in the warmth of another woman’s womb and were delivered into her arms. We may know details of that day or we may only imagine it. They may have been with their first moms for a few hours or a few years. Some of our kids may have had many…

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Love Like Crazy | TAPESTRY – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes people look at our families, built through adoption, foster care, and kinship placements, and wonder why we would choose this path for our family. Our guest blogger, Chantel, shares with us the new path her family is on and how God has called her family to step out of their comfort zone into a whole new world: I am a mom of 3 through birth and adoption. Recently, we had 2 new kids join our family. We are now…

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Out of My Comfort Zone For the Sake of Connection – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

Last week I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone for the sake of connection. Being a mom for 32 years has taught me that doing what feels good to me doesn’t lead to close relationships with the people I love. This is how I found myself layered in a down jacket and snow pants spending the day in a snow-covered sagebrush meadow. In the spirit of being a supportive mom,  I chaperoned Wogayu’s 6th-grade class trip to McCall…

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I Could Have Missed This – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

My son crawled wearily into bed, barely pulling the covers around him. “I don’t know why I’m so tired,” he said as he closed his eyes. “Probably because you had a full day of school followed by wrestling practice.” “Mm-hmm,” he whispered. I looked at this beautiful boy, on the brink of being a teen, and breathed in, my eyes filling with tears. I love being his mom. Adoption is complicated. We step into brokenness with hearts longing to bring…

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How Horses Help Kids Heal – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

# 30 How Horses Can Help Kids Heal First of all, I loved every minute of speaking at Refresh. I shared my heart and thoughts with foster and adoptive parents. It’s amazing to be with people who understand our unique parenting experience. Best of all, three of my kids spoke with me in a breakout about the sibling experience in foster and adoptive families. They were fantastic. Having them with me gave me so much joy. This week’s podcast episode…

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The Bitter and Sweet of Foster Care with Jamie Finn – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

#20 The Bitter and Sweet of Foster Care Reunification with Jamie Finn “I couldn’t do foster care because I’d never be able to give them back.” How many times have you heard this, said this, felt this? There’s no doubt, it’s so hard to love and care for a child and then return him to his family. And yet… I sat down with Jamie Finn to talk about the bitter and the sweet of loving children and then letting them…

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