Monday, June 30, 2014

Introducing the Hodgson's!!

I met Liz at an Usborne party. What are the chances?
Basically, she is adorable.
Like I want to squish her adorable.

She has this teeny, tiny, sweet voice that makes you 
want to sit and listen to her for ages.

So, I did. Well, it wasn't ages. But it was long enough to hear her story.
Long enough for me to tell her to be sure to apply to Give1Save1.
Long enough for me to actually have hug/squished her.

She didn't tell me the entire fam was so delightfully adorable!
Squishing those kiddo's is now on my bucket list.
Behold, the cuteness!!!

They have such a sweet spirit in their family and
I love their hearts for adoption. 
Right now they are headed to adopt a newborn in the next week and a half. They are hoping to use the funds from this week to cover some travel expenses.
They are praying for $1,000.
We can handle that, right? 
Let's wipe that $1,000 right off for them!

First: Watch the video

Second: Copy and paste the link of the blog into your facebook, twitter, pinterest, google plus, wherever and however you want, but share it! Tell their story and ask your friends to help by donating $1

Third: Donate to their adoption fund by giving $1 through this link.

They have a family blog that you can follow at

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three Steps toward Post Adoption Support {Guest Post by Jillian Burden}

The best advice I can give someone about post-adoption support is to try find it before you adopt! Everyone’s post adoption journey is different, but readying yourself with post-adoption support is sort of like preparing to go on a trip: you’ll be far less stressed if you go prepared, you’ll have way more fun if you go with friends, and in case of emergency you’ll want to know who to call!

Going Prepared

If you’ve been through the adoption process, you’ll know how much information you are made to consume during the home study process! I know my husband and I had stacks of photocopied articles, lists of book recommendations, and spent hours completing adoption education courses online. Since the education component is just one aspect of the hearty home study process, your brain will likely not absorb all the information presented to you. And even if you could absorb it all, you won’t know which portions of all that material will apply to your specific child until you come home. Will she not want to be touched? Will she want to be held all the time? Will she struggle to eat enough? Too much? Will he be despondent? Seek too much attention? Grieve hard? Not appear to grieve at all? You won’t know until you’re home!

Do your homework before you travel, but keep those references handy! They will serve as great reference tools as you attach with your child and help him or her adjust to his or her new life. My favorite resource for tracking our health and attachment process as a new family was “Attaching in Adoption” by Deborah D. Gray and I have heard excellent things from friends about “The Connected Child” by Karen Purvis.

Going with Friends

For me, just as important as reading books and articles about adoption was having friends who were on the journey with us or who had gone before us. Before we adopted they helped us prepare in emotional and practical ways and after we came home I loved to trade stories and ask them, “How did you handle this?” for any number of parenting issues. Parents of biological kids will handle some issues in ways that parents of adopted children- especially those adopted as toddlers or older children or after a trauma- cannot or should not. For example, parents of biological kids will take a different approach to bonding than parents of adopted kids; while they will be helping kids to separate and become independent as they grow, parents of adopted kids will have to navigate the path to their children’s independence while simultaneously working hard toward a strong parent-child attachment. Parenting adopted kids sometimes looks a different than parenting biological kids! Having close friends who “get it” and who can offer advice and support along the way is absolutely vital!

In Case of Emergency

“Emergency” may not exactly be the best word, but I use it to describe situation you hope won’t arise, but very well may. My husband and I absolutely hoped our son would bond to us after his adoption, but we also knew we had to be prepared to seek help if we saw signs of an attachment disorder. Our social worker and pre-adoptive studies helped us learn what we should look for and then we also touched base with an attachment therapist before we brought our son home; we wanted to know who we could call if we felt we needed help or even if we just wanted some reassurance. She was happy to hear from us and let us know that she was available to us if we needed her. Likewise, you may want to do some initial research into what services are in your area for things like early intervention or physical therapy if your child is coming from a place where they may not have had the best start in life. It was a comfort to us to know that if we found ourselves in need of extra support, we did not have to do any research or figure out what to do; we knew exactly who to call and where to go for help!


These are three steps you can take to prepare yourself for life after adoption. I can say from experience that you will not regret equipping yourself with a great support network before you bring your new son or daughter home! Go into your adoption educated, make friends and be a friend to other adoptive parents, and know who to call in case of “emergency.” Post adoption parenting will be filled with joys and challenges but by preparing yourself for them both, you are setting yourself up for success. Blessings on the journey!

Jillian Burden and her husband John are Mama and Papa to their little Russian boy, home since November 2012. Jillian writes about her adoption, infertility, and faith journeys over at her blog

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Wong Family!!

Take a look at what God is doing through the Wong family!!  They have already been thrown a few curveballs in this adoption. They not only are being blessed with not one but TWO children, but the Philippines is also requiring that these children be hosted for the summer before the adoption can be completed. Whoa. Those are some crazy amazing blessings, but also crazy expensive curveballs. 

Orphaned NO more. Bring our son and daughter home! from haidee wong on Vimeo.

I'm really excited to be a part of their journey and a part of the adoption of these two kids. 

I know we usually only ask for $1 but I'm going to ask you to dig just a little deeper this week. If you only have $1 then please don't let this stop you but if you have $3 or $5 or even $10 let's put that towards this adoption. 

Here is their Donation site:

Here is their blog:

Friday, June 13, 2014

High Five on Friday!

Hey there friends! If your week has been like ours, it's been crazy! In all the hustle of the end of school and beginning of summer, have you been able to stop by our family of the week, the Huizenga's Pure Charity account and show them some love?  If not, no better way to start your weekend then that good feeling you'll get when you share the love (and dollars) to help a family bring home their child.  Click on over

Monday, June 9, 2014

Meet the Huizenga family!

For many of you, this is the first full week of summer.  Can we kick it off with a bang?!?

Let me introduce this fun family, Chris, Erin, and their handsome guy Knox.  They are in the process of adopting an infant domestically.  I have never met them, and feel like I wish they were our neighbors! Once you watch their video, you'll see why! They look like they have so much fun, and love being adventurous with one another.

They are just finishing up the process to become active with their agency, and are praying that they will be matched by the end of the year.  Can you help them get one step closer to helping Knox become a big brother?  You know how to do it! Click on over to their Pure Charity page and donate a dollar this week.

If you'd like to keep up with them as they travel through the process, check out their tumblr blog.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Say Hello to the Collins Family

I am so excited to introduce you to our family of the week, Sandia and KC Collins, and their two boys, Caedmon and Oliver! The Collins are adopting a 4 1/2 yr. old girl from Ethopia! Follow their blog to keep up with their adoption story as it unfolds.

Click Here to donate $1 to help the Collins bring their daughter home.

Sandia shared this about their adoption: 

My husband and I have been married for 8 years. We have 2 biological kiddos. Caedmon is just 2 weeks shy of 7 and Oliver is 5.

We began praying about expanding our family in October of 2010. After confirmation from The Lord, we mailed off our first piece of paperwork on my 24th birthday. We were just 5 days shy of being in this process for 3 years when we finally got a call from our coordinator. To say we were ecstatic is definitely an understatement! This had been 3+ years in the making. We had changed our age range from 0-2, increasing it each year until fall of 2013 when we increased it up to 5. We just wanted her to be younger than our youngest. They are 1 day short of being 8 months apart in age.

It's has been a long process, but God has shown us His faithfulness throughout the entire journey. We've grown stronger in God and my husband and I have grown closer to each other.

We cannot wait to have our little Bertie home and become a family of 5. ❤️