Every Child, Even Those

Originally posted on Stephanie Rodda:
I’m thankful for a lot today and every day. But, when I really think about it, it’s the children in my life that I’m most thankful for and here’s why. They have given so much to me. I am a better person because of the children in my life. ?…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 8

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m still blogging about the ABCs of Adoption. Today I’d like to share a bit about our oldest adopted child, Josiah. I’ve often said that he would be the perfect poster child for older-child adoption. He joined our family when he was eight years old and he has…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 7

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m the mother of seven adopted children, five of whom are presently teens. So, let’s talk about adopted teens. Surely that can’t be as simple as ABC. You’re so right. They test you and rebel against boundaries and are stubborn and have emotional outbursts sometimes…just like any other…

Not Necessarily

Originally posted on Stephanie Rodda:
The thing about adoption is that every story is it’s own story that is just as unique as the people involved. People seem have this uncontrollable urge to box people up and categorize them. For some folks it’s a simple method of skin color. Further divisions include gender or education…

ABCs of Adoption- Part 5

Relationships are so very complicated. People can have personality clashes, old wounds that haven’t healed, memories that haunt or resentment and unforgiveness. And then sometimes people just don’t care or won’t even try.  On the other hand relationships are so basically simple. People who are willing to tolerate differences, who have forgiven, grown, healed. People…

ABCs of Adoption part 4

Today my little corner of the world was very hectic. A tire puncture on the way to church which caused us to be very late and then after church being locked out of my husband’s vehicle that he had loaned me  after rescuing us from the tire debacle.  I could feel my temperature rising. I…

ABC’s of Adoption – part 3

November is National Awareness Day for both Adoption and Prematurity. It seems only right that I spotlight our son who was born prematurely and also became our first adopted child.  We had only been foster parents about six months when we received a call just days before Christmas that would forever change our lives. I’ll…

ABCs of Adoption – part 2

Continuing my ABCs of Adoption in honor of November being National Adoption Month! Celebrate with me.  Today is the day we go the Dream Center downtown and minister to those who are there for food and fellowship. It’s always a blessing, but today was even more so.  One of our sons, Jeremiah, has a birthday…

The ABCs of Adoption

November is National Adoption Month and I want to recognize it by sharing some of our personal adoption experiences. It’s really as easy as ABC. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?  A stands for, well it naturally stands for adoption itself and rightly so. Adoption is in its own right, the beginning of a…