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What Adopting Parents Want You to Know

My husband and I were returning from overseas with our newly adopted son. We had spent 20+ hours on a flight with a screaming toddler, and I was pretty certain I had animal crackers and seaweed snacks lodged in my hair. We stumbled off the plane like a…

Adoption: A Dad’s Perspective

Post created by guest contributor, Peter Ashmore. Looking at the title of “A Dad’s Perspective”... I want to address some issues that I believe are at the core of the orphan crisis. These are issues I struggled with—lies I at one time believed and sometimes still battle. So,…

3 Side Effects of Being Adopted: My Story

As a little girl--two days before Christmas--I received my forever family via adoption. I've spent the last 30+ years of my life joking with my parents that I was the best Christmas gift they ever got, though in reality, I consider it entirely the other way around. Let…

And Then She Changed Her Mind…

The road to adoption was not an easy one for Chris and me. It was paved with loss and heartache, but we could have never imagined our story being anywhere close to as amazing as what God wrote for us. We made the decision to pursue adoption at…

Wait Gain: 5 Truths for Seasons of Waiting

Waiting. It doesn't sound hard, and yet it can be excruciating. Though the word implies sitting still, waiting requires more action than virtually any other assignment from God. Whether you are waiting on adoption or fostering news, or whether you are waiting for something else entirely, here are 5 truths…

3 Ways You Can Support Family Preservation

Easy answers rarely exist when caring for vulnerable children around the world. Thankfully, hard questions can be used by God to cause us to think more deeply and critically about difficult topics. One frequently asked question: Is it possible to support international adoption and family preservation simultaneously?  We…

Growing from 5 to 11

Michael and Suzanne say they're just an ordinary family. They help out with homework, share family dinners, and try to keep their schedule straight. While this ordinary family started out with three children, God has been leading them on an adventure... The Journey Begins Through a…

3 Truths When Mother’s Day Is Hard

For women all over the country, Sunday will bring a bombardment of sticky, unidentifiable crafts. Mothers will treasure these masterpieces even if they have no idea what they actually are. Fact: There are worse things in life than looking like a hippo in a child's drawing of the…

Lessons God Taught Me On The Bathroom Floor

In 2014, guest blogger & Lifesong Adoptive mom Nicole Schmidt shared candidly about the struggles she and her husband faced after bringing their older sons home. Today, over 6 years later, her words hold up. Enjoy this guest post from the Lifesong Blog archives...  Our entire adoption…