encouragement

For Large Families Who are Sheltering at Home and at the End of Their Rope – Foster Parents Article

My kids are having a brief moment to watch a “Phineas and Ferb” episode while chicken nuggets are in the oven, so I’m going to make this brief. This is really hard. I woke up this morning at the time I used to get up to make my 7th grader breakfast. I cherished those quiet, dark mornings of just the two of us before the rest of my six kids got up and dressed for 5th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten and…

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Loaves, Fish, & Adoption Funding – Foster Parents Article

What God desires to happen, He makes happen. God is faithful to give us what we need in order to live in obedience to His will. And we find evidence of this in a story tucked in each of the four Gospels. 5,000 people had gathered to hear Jesus speak. After a long day of learning, they were hungry. The disciples suggested sending the crowd to surrounding towns to find food for themselves. But Jesus had a different idea. From…

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“The Moment We Knew We Were Called to Adopt.” – Foster Parents Article

Just three years after grieving the loss of their daughter, Jon and Kristen felt called to adopt. The following post written by Jon details their journey from calling to homecoming.  In January 2013, we mourned the loss of our daughter Kate. She was stillborn at seven months. We think about the many moments when we felt Kate’s hands and feet push out against Kristen’s baby belly and the eagerness and anticipation we experienced waiting to bring her into our world.…

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This is Not Homeschool. This is Survival School. – Foster Parents Article

Deciding to homeschool your kids is a huge decision. You think about what curriculum will work best for your kids and for your teaching style. You research. You talk to other people about it. If you have kids with medical or education or social skills needs or behavioral challenges, you think about your ability to meet those needs at home vs. the services they could receive through the school system. You rearrange your work schedules or other activities to make…

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The Best is Yet to Come – Single Mum, Parents Article

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” — Anne Frank THE BEST IS YET TO COME! Yes, the mindset that a single parent must digest and believe with every ounce of our being.  You must verbalize it. Believe it and walk in it. When it’s 2:00 a.m. and you are mentality and emotionally exhausted from being the only one comforting, encouraging, and correcting your children. The Best is…

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Think Big: What 2020 Could Hold – Foster Parents Article

2020 is less than a day away! Even with the new decade rapidly approaching, there’s still time this year to make a big difference in the coming year. From now until midnight on Tuesday, December 31, your gift to Lifesong is matched up to $1,000,000.   MATCH MY GIFT!   What would hitting the $1,000,000 match mean for children in 2020?   FOR ADOPTION… 500 more families—like the Tubergens—being one step closer to adoption with help from Lifesong financial assistance. In…

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This Mess is Perfectionism Too – Foster Parents Article

To look at this picture (or my house in general) I don’t think you’d describe me as a perfectionist. But I can see it hidden in there, between the wadded up paper towels jammed next to the paper towel roll. The other night my mom gave me some dishes she was getting rid of. She wrapped them in clean paper towels for the drive home so nothing would break. When I unwrapped them, I couldn’t throw the paper towels away.…

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Why single mums are super heroes – Single Mum, Parents Article

Why single mums are really super heroes.The life of a single mum can be peppered with self-doubt. Always worrying if you’re a good mum or not. Whether you’re doing everything right. It saps your strength. Sort of like Superman’s Kryptonite.Just the other day I was chatting to a close friend and single mother to her grown-up son. She admitted that, even now, she still has uncertainties. So one day, whilst crying into her proverbial milk, she asked her son about…

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Financially Impossible? Not for God. – Foster Parents Article

Choosing a hard yes over an easy no. From fundraising to waiting to adjusting, adopting isn’t easy. But with God’s leading, every adoptive and foster family makes the decision to say YES to their child (and the JOY that comes with them), even when it seems impossible. Hear from a Lifesong family who recently shared with us– Bennett’s adoption was our third adoption in 3 years time. We still had outstanding debt for our second adoption when our agency called…

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It Was Instant Love – Lifesong for Orphans – Foster Parents Article

Love at first sight. It’s the stuff of fairy tales and romantic comedies… right? Believe in it or not, nearly all parents talk about this feeling. When their son or daughter is born, many birth parents mention the instant love they had for their child. And the same often holds true for adoptive parents upon seeing their son or daughter for the first time. It was certainly the case for William and Paige, who met their daughter less than 24…

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