Preface: I want to reiterate (again) that I am a huge ginormous proponent of adoption. It is messy, yes. But it is beautiful. It is redemption. And I also want to be clear that not all adopted children exhibit behaviors that are troublesome or traumatizing. Many are well adjusted, happy individuals. They are surviving and thriving. (Thus no one is writing about them.) And I’m thankful that some of those individuals live in my home and share my last name… Read more »

Update 1/14/15: After the popularity of this original post, I wrote a follow-up, specifically for those who are married and parenting in the trenches of trauma. If you find this original post beneficial, you will probably want to read the follow-up as well. You can find that by clicking HERE. Blessings, Prayer, and Much Solidarity, heidi   Update 1/4/17: A reminder that this post is for ADOPTIVE PARENTS in the trenches. If you are wanting to lecture, chastise, or empty… Read more »

Like anyone who grew up singing along with the original Annie, reenacting flips into laundry baskets, climbing up ladders to escape Miss Hannigan and Rooster, and trying to make things levitate like Punjab—you all did do that, right?, I eagerly anticipated the release of the remake of Annie. Actually, scratch that, to be honest, I cringed when I first heard about the new version, because you sometimes just shouldn’t mess with a classic. (See: Karate Kid, Flubber, and Planet of the… Read more »

It was my honor and privilege to get to review and officially endorse this book a few months ago, and I have to tell you this book is a breath of fresh air for adoptive parents and those walking alongside us folks. If you are considering ADOPTION, in the process, have already adopted, or just have close ties to someone connected to adoption, you MUST get this book! Written by a dear friend, Mary Ostyn (popular blogger at Owlhaven), it… Read more »