Everyone is an expert and no one has a soul. While holed up in an attic for two years of her short life, Anne Frank famously penned in her diary, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” And I really want to believe that. The eternal optimist in me who sees the potential for good in even the worst of people—I cried when Osama bin Laden was killed and I will always shed tears when the… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Dear Readers, The following is a repost from an entry several months ago. It is a post I personally revisit often. And with the holiday season upon us in full swing, I feel compelled to share it again with you. So many of us find this season to be especially difficult. Maybe a loved one has passed away. Maybe a child has wandered astray. Maybe your husband can’t find work. Maybe your children are driving you berzerk. Maybe I just… Read more »

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