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My second baby is going to be 2 in less then 2 months 😭😭 She’s so much determination, strength, and power in such a tiny body! You know we are bringing in the troops to make this birthday special (her first birthday was the start of quarantine 😒) Any guesses on the theme? 😉

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I hesitated to share our experience, because everyone’s is so different. But, I realized that is exactly why I should share. ⠀ ⠀ The newborn stage so far for us is as tiring as we had been warned. But more than that, I am grateful for THIS kind of tired. ⠀ ⠀ I am happy to miss sleep, because it means my baby is here. She needs me. I stare at her in awe at 3am, marveling at what a blessing it is to finally have her in my arms. ⠀ ⠀ We have lived through 5 years of being exhausted. Physically, emotionally, mentally, weary of struggling to bring our child home. I don’t wish that kind of tired on anyone. If your in that season now, cling to the hope that one day, it will be over. ⠀ ⠀ I’ll drink a extra cup of coffee, and cheers to this happy kind of tired any day🤍⠀ ⠀ PS. @takingcarababies schedule is AMAZING👏🏼⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #adoptionislove #bravelove #oneineight #infertilityjourney #adoptionjourney

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Even paradise sees its share of storms, but in the end, it's still paradise... . . Moment Captured By: @defiephotography

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I share this post every year, because it has yet to become irrelevant: A Harvard study once evaluated the mental health issues that are arising from black students constantly having to confront stereotypes & found that "students are working themselves to the point of extreme illness in attempting to escape the constant threat of perceived inferiority." The researchers compared the students’ efforts to John Henry, a folk hero who pitted his own strength against a powerful steam-powered hammer in a race to drill through a mountain. Henry won the race but quickly died when his heart gave out. As his mother, I can't think of anything more distressing than watching my son's heart give out because of a lifetime of energy spent challenging other's bias. I cannot let him shoulder the weight of this burden alone. Or anyone else • So what can we do? We can start by keeping a stash of responses in our back pocket for those moments when we feel compelled to stand up for a person or race who is bearing the brunt of someone else's prejudice. And maybe by doing so, we will ease the burden of even just one person of color from having to do it themselves. • Whether it's said with intention or thrown out in ignorance–challenge it. Gently, firmly, patiently, seriously, with explanation or without. You decide. But please friends, say something. Say something so that my son can spend less of his precious life devoting so much energy to fighting the stereotypes that he never deserved to face in the first place. • Here are a few responses we can use to challenge any kind of bias or ignorance we hear: -Can I ask what made you assume that? -Dude it's 2021 We don't say things like that anymore. -People of color have enough challenges to face. Being the brunt of your jokes should not be one of them. -Hey you are better than what you just said. -I like you too much to let you stoop so low. -That is actually not true. Would you like to know where that belief originated and why it's so hurtful? -Come on dude that sounded really ignorant. I know you are smarter and kinder than that. Share a response you've used below ⬇️

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📢 THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 📢 Meet @instantparents, an educational hub for prospective and rookie foster parents. When I started fostering as a single woman in my early 30s, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I taken the required trainings, I’d read what few books about foster care were out there, and I listened to the small handful of podcasts I could find that covered the topic. But none of them provided but I was really looking for: an experienced and relatable foster parent telling me the good, the bad, and the ugly, the ins and the outs, and the ups and the downs. I wanted to sit with someone who had been down this road before and ask them my thousands of questions that no class or book had covered, including the awkward ones like “what if I say yes to this and then I regret it?” “What if I don’t bond with a child in my care?” “What if I think the parents are truly awful and I can’t be supportive of reunification?” “If I do this as a single woman, can I say goodbye to a love life?” Now, with 5 years and 14 placements under my belt, I decided to create the resource I wish I would’ve had back then. Meet Instant Parents, a resource for prospective and rookie foster parents. Instant Parents features a series of educational units that are easily digestible but comprehensive, and cover everything you might want to know on your journey to considering becoming a foster parent, getting licensed, and walking through your first placement. No questions are off-limits, and no topics are too awkward. (Continued in the comments) #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionislove #fostercare #thisisfostercare #fostermom #fosterparent #fostermama #singlefostermom #singlefostermama #singlefosterparent #singleadoptivemom #fostertoadopt #fostercareadoption #fosteradoption #fostercarejourney #fostercareawareness #fosterparenting #fosterteens #fosterteenagers #safefamilies #safefamiliesforchildren #fosterlove #fostermore #togetherwerise #adoption #fosterparents

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We’ve spent approximately 7200 hours in the pool since we got here and there’s no end in sight. My kids are all fishes and are loving their life. 🐠 I’m so thankful that we took the time to get away. This is our first real vacation in years and it’s just what we needed. 🧡 #raisingrichters

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Happy Hinamatsuri!! ; 雛祭り❤️ The day I met Noa’s beautiful birthmother was one of the greatest, most heart-wrenching days of my life. Two worlds colliding with only one commonality; Our sweet Noa. She asked me that day, as we were saying goodbye, that she had only one request; that we celebrate Japanese holidays with her as she grows older. Of course it was an immediate and I promised her, woman to woman, that I would incorporate and celebrate Japanese traditions in our home forever and honour Noa’s roots. So here we are today, with all of her keepsakes straight from Japan, celebrating our 4th Hinamatsuri (aka Girls Day) with our favourite Japanese girly, our sweet Noie. xx

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Lots of new followers the last couple of days so wanted to do a quick family intro, with three quick facts about each of us to tell y’all a little bit more about what you’ll be seeing here: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ᕱᕱᕱ The Baker Fam ᕱᕱᕱ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🧔🏻 Dad = Austin (he’s a pastor, enneagram five, and he has approximately 800 books in his library) 👩🏻‍🦰 Mom = Christine (she’s a therapist, enneagram 3w4, and loves all things oils and Disney) 👧🏾 Big Sis = Riley (she is 2 years old, adopted from a hospital about 30 mins from us, and loves to dance, sing, make up songs, and go on walks) 👶🏼 Little Sis = Ellie (she is almost 10 months old, born in our bedroom - see my home birth highlight for an incredible God story on that, and we think she might have gotten her mamas red hair 🤞🏻) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Okay - that’s it! Obviously there is lots more to us but those are some good basic intros! Would love to hear yours! Top three things I should know about some of my new friends in the comments 👇

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Twinning with my girlfriend!! 👯‍♀️ Little chica is *no surprise* loving the sun and heat. She was made for summer and I was made for fall, but we were made for each other so we’ll just stick together and enjoy it all. 🧡 #raisingrichters

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Are you ready to take the first step of your adoption journey? We're here to help! Our compassionate team will empower and support you through the entire process. 💕 Visit the link in our bio for more info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #LovingHearts #LovingHeartsAdoptionServices #AdoptionServices #AdoptionAgency #AdoptionisBeautiful #AdoptionJourney #AdoptionistheOption #AdoptionOption #AdoptionProcess #Adoption #Adopt #ChosenFamily #HopingtoAdopt #WaitingtoAdopt

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💫 MYTH BUSTING 💫 It all seems so long ago now. Our initial assessments. Panels. But the questions and those awkward thoughts are still very present. I thought - well convinced myself - that having been through years of fertility treatments would be a hurdle. How could us spending all that time, effort, and emotion (not to mention the thousands of pounds) mean we were committed to adoption? How could how hard we tried for a pregnancy mean that we wouldn’t always want one - and try for one? How could we convince them we were over the losses and our tears had stopped falling? How could we demonstrate we had moved on and had no regrets? The truth was we didn’t have. To pretend. Hide our version of hell. They already knew. Social workers have seen and heard it many many times. Many people embarking on adoption have also been on a fertility treatment rollercoaster. We didn’t have to hold back tears when reflecting on those years. Nothing can ever take away the pain. And we’re human after all. They felt it with us. Acknowledged it. But we had processed it. Accepted it. That part of ours lives will always be a part of us. It’s our life story. And that’s ok. To try and cover feelings, be flippant or nonchalant about our history, is not doing it justice. Social workers do need to know you are not jumping the gun. That you can talk openly about it. Show how you have tried to heal. This is very important. Be honest. Be truthful to yourself. And them. If you haven’t come to terms with it. Give yourself more time. Seek advice. It doesn’t mean it will go against you. Quite the opposite. Assessments are not about showing you are perfect. That you can tick every box. They’re about finding out how you react. Show emotion. Deal with what life has thrown at you. And will continue to do so. You won’t have all the answers. I didn’t. But you can do this. You can adopt ❤️ @adoption.uk @im.winging.it.too @mumadukedesigns #ukadoptioncommunity #adoption #ukadoption #adoptionuk #adoptionprocess #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #adoptionsupport #love #youcanadopt #fertilitytreatment #ivf #infertility #adoptionsundaysocial

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I'll always remember you this way 💙 #walker #walkerwithnomiddlenames #adoptionjourney

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As promised..... it’s here... the end of #lgbtadoptionandfosteringweek and a bringing you upto speed blog update!. The link is in my bio..... A little insight into the journey of us being re approved to adopt. The thought of building on our family fills me with joy!! Seeing all my boys have to offer!. Due to Covid matching is very very slow and we also now have two little lives to consider to! What will be will be..... watch this space!!! @adoption.uk @im.winging.it.too @mumadukedesigns #lgbtadoptionandfosteringweek #ukadoption #2dads #dadtribe #lgbtadoption #thisislove #adoptionuk #adoptionjourney #adoptionblog #socialsunday #adoptionjourneyuk #secondtimearound ##daddiesdiary#adoptionblog #dadblog #adoptionchatter #afoptionblog #adoptionjourney #lgbtadoption

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𝐄𝐘𝐄 𝐀𝐌 𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 ꜱᴛᴀʏ ᴘʜᴇɴᴏᴍᴇɴᴀʟ, ꜰᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ. ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙʀɪɢʜᴛᴇꜱᴛ ꜱᴛᴀʀ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴋʏ, ꜱᴏ ɪɢɴɪᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɴɪɢʜᴛ. ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ꜰᴏʀɢᴇᴛ ᴛᴏ ꜱʜɪɴᴇ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʏᴛɪᴍᴇ, ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ʀᴇᴍᴀʀᴋᴀʙʟᴇ.

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Kelcie Grace has always known adoption would be a part of her story. Early in our relationship we discussed growing our family through adoption and are excited we are this life journey now. We are open to any level of openness but hope that the expectant mom that chooses us feels welcome as a member our our family. #hopefuladoptivefamily #hopefuladoptiveparents #openadoption #adoption #adoptionjourney #expectantmother

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If you are reading this while considering an adoption plan...along with me, these are the people who will love your child unconditionally as well as love and support you ❤️ There is always room at the table. Learn more about us at courtneyadoption.com or txt (315) 217-5887 me directly. Safe and confidential. If you know someone that is pregnant and considering an adoption plan, please share this as you may be the link to our being a match. #adopt #adoption #openadoption #bravelove #lovemakesafamily #adoptivemom #adoptionmatch #adoptivemother #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #journeytobecomeamom #unplannedpregnancy #adoptioncommunity #adoptionplan #adoptionisoneoption #birthmotherlove #homestudyapproved #lookingforabirthmother #birthmothersupport #readytoadopt #motherslove #amotherslove #privateadoption #lookingtoadopt #hopetoadopt #hopingtoadopt

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Anybody else with trauma just sit and think how many parts of your childhood just weren't normal?? I wanna share some of the fucked up things my adoptive mom did, and I want to preface with the adoption agency that placed me friendsinadoption , lawyer and social worker IGNORED red flags (and I have the documentation to prove it) TW- childhood abuse and negelct My AP did foster care before adopting me and the social workers noted my a-mom victimized herself to the kids, they took care of her, she had no understanding of trauma and how it affected the foster kids. My a-mom had 2 transplants and a leg amputation by the time I was 9. I have no memories of her taking care of me, I was her servant. I swear she only adopted me because she wanted another nurse. She would constantly yell at me, kick me with her artifical leg, there's a few times she banged my head against the wall. If I ever had a meltdown, I would be told I was a fuck up like my birth mom and no wonder she didn't want me. I often heard her scream "I don't deserve a child like you you're useless" If my Dad ever tried to stand up for me, she'd start hitting him, threaten divorce, and yell at him. Again I share this to demonstrate how adoption agencies ignore red flags that can lead to abuse. She should never of been allowed to adopt me. My adoption story is not an isolated incident. When people try to defend adoption to me "well you had a bad experience" SO DO OTHER ADOPTEES. Even if abuse only happened in 1% of adoptive homes that's 1% too many. #adopted #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #ptsd #cptsd #anxiety #depression #traumasurvivor #infantadoption #friendsinadoption #adoptionagency #traumarecovery #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

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Two things - ⋒ YL you’ve changed our life. Thank you. ⋒ I’m in desperate need for a cross country road trip. Think the chicks will travel well? 😅 ps check my stories - we did a thing today. 🐥✌🏻

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216. Two hundred and sixteen pieces remain for our adoption puzzle. Want to buy a piece?! This is how it works! You can go to the link in my bio and donation directly to our fund. Each piece is $10 and your name or family name will be written on the back! Or you can Venmo me the $10. Either way is perfect. We are excited to have you on this journey with us! #adopttogether #adoptionjourney #journeytobabymiller #fundraiser #puzzle #puzzlepiece

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David's ideal weekend - a book and his cat! 📖 🐈 Please check out our website in our bio or DM if you're interested in getting to know more about us! #adoption #adoptionislove #NCAdopt #unplannedpregnancy #unexpectedpregnancy #achildshopenc #achildshope #hopingtoadopt #waitingtoadopt #adoptionjourney #expectantmother #pregnant #pregnancy #catsofinstagram #booklover

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In church this morning, we had a prayer time for all hopeful adoptive parents who are patiently waiting for women to be in crisis and to give up their babies. We also took an offering to help out their adoption fundraisers. These couples are surrounded with so much love and support! It’s really too bad that parents in crisis don’t have this kind of love and support. Anyways, adoption is the gospel in action! ⠀ #adoptionprayer #adoption #internationaladoption #adoptionislove #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionisthegospel #adoptionrocks #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney #adoptivemom #adoptiveparents #wanttoadopt #hopingtoadopt #hopefuladoptiveparents #adoptionphotos #homestudyapproved #iloveadoption #adoptionsaveslives #paperpregnant #nobumpstillpumped #notshowingstillglowing #waitingtoadopt #paperpregnant #birthmomstrong #birthmom #givemeababy #anybaby #christianadoption #nowhitesaviors

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Sis made a picnic of rice-a-roni, leftovers, crackers, and fruit just for us girls. I love her heart and that she is working to connect just as hard as we are. One-on-one time is vitally important to her being grounded and stable. Whereas others thrive on whole family time to feel grounded and connected. (I shared this with permission) What should we do next? What’s your favorite thing to do when needing closeness with your kids?

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I am so lucky to have been bought, I mean, adopted by this loving Christian family. My biological family was poor and they don’t really go to church much because they cannot afford transportation to get there. Thank God I will not grow up thinking for myself and I will one day dress as fabulously as my adoptive mom. She is super awesome and uses pictures of me and my little brother and our adoption stories to help boost her business on Instagram. I love when she calls us “gifts” because being compared to an object that you purchase, wrap up, and give to someone totally makes me feel empowered and not dehumanized at all. Our parents are right: we are gifts from God to make them feel better about being infertile. They even crowdfunded to get us, which means they wanted us A LOT. So glad they didn’t waste all those donations helping my actual mom get back on her feet so she could parent me. #adoption #adopted #happy #family #love #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionislove #adoptandshop #nobumpstillpumped #paperpregnant #adoptee #adopteevoices #adopteestories #truth #adoptionjourney #adopteerights #adoptionistrauma #adoptionistrafficking #familypreservation

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Only once a year! 🥳

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I picked up this bracelet (one for each of us) at our recent parish mission. It’s been an awesome reminder of the presentation the speaker gave! 🙌🏻 If you’ve never been to a parish mission, it usually consists of a few nights of a dynamic speaker who helps energize, challenge, and inspire you on your faith journey. Dr. John R. Wood spoke at our parish about encountering the living God and knowing His ✨extraordinary mission✨for our lives. We believe God created all of us to become saints {saint = a holy person who is in Heaven for eternity with God} and that is THE purpose of our earthly lives. Helping each other grow in holiness and become saints is the purpose of our marriage and God-willing, one day it will be our most important role as parents.💕 #catholic #catholicchurch #catholiclife #faith #becomeasaint #prospectiveadoptiveparents #adoption #adoptionjourney #indianaadoption #adoptionindiana

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Our house is officially on the market and I’ve busted my tail all week to make it show-worthy! I’m really considering housing my family in a hotel until we accept an offer. 😂🥴 Four kids in a big house is a challenge to keep presentable so I’m hoping today’s a one and done. Tag a friend who’s selling their home or can relate to this! 🤪

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Who are the foster families in West Virginia? Full article available by clicking the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ Families interested in pursuing foster care in West Virginia can contact Mission West Virginia by visiting www.missionwv.org/request-information, emailing fosteradopt@missionwv.org or calling 304-512-0555.

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And my journey begins... Wish me luck. I will leave Dublin 5:55am GMT, transit in Amsterdam for 1,3h and land in Entebbe tomorrow 10:30pm/1:30am Uganda Time. . . . . . . . . . . . #90daysuganda #adoption #journey #volunteering #fostering #orphanage #orphan #daughter #german #cameroon #uganda #ireland #camp #excited #love #kampala #ngo #trip #journey #adoptionjourney #fostermom #fostertoadopt #internationaladoption #adoptionstory #itmatters #family #future #help #children #instadaily

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We LOVE the park and go almost everyday! We are so blessed there is an #allinclusivepark right down the road from our new house, the house we’ll be bringing our next child home to❤️ #onemorechosen #onemoreloved #onelessorphan #adoptionfundraiser #fundraiser #adoption #internationaladoption #specialneeds #love #family #specialneedsadoption #orphan #everychilddeservesafamily #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #allinclusivepark #linkinbio

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I can't even believe I'm this Gorgeous girls Aunt.....🌷🌷🌷 I mean I'm like the Mailmans kid or something 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 She is part of the reason that started me seeing what my options were to be a Momma Bear of my own.....Watching her babies grow just makes me want one more and more...💕💕 She is a true girl Mom and Gorgeous.....so I just get more excited to start my journey and love seeing my fam growing around me.....💕💕..I really think its my turn...... #adoptionjourney #manifest #MarchMotivation 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💖💖💖

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Congratulations Jackson on finding your family. IT Is with great Honor that the Perez family have once again chosen a dog from our rescue. We were at Best friends adoption event somewhere in Los Angeles in 2009 where we had Ginger a middle age cattle dog mix. Monica and Jojo fell in love with her. They even made Ginger their bridesmaid along with Tiki her new brother. Ginger passed away of old age while they had their first born. They waited to raise their boys and now have decided to adopt again. We are so grateful to know ahead of time that Jackson is in the best of hands. Again no words can describe our happiness and how we Thank God for sending us the right people. Happy new life Jackson. Jackson was adopted from BP shelter last year at 7 months old.. the woman had to give up becuase of apartments rules. Sometimes things work out for the best a later date. All in God's timing not ours. Can't wait for more updates. Xoxo #adoptionjourney #adoptdon'tshop#rescuedogsofinstagram#loverofdogs#dogsarefamily#

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Taking time for a relaxing activity such as yoga can help you better manage stressful situations and get back to the basics of caring for yourself, inside and out. . . . #SelfCareSunday #Yoga #SelfCareTips #Family #FamilyLaw #FamilyLawyer #Adoption #AdoptionLaw #AdoptionJourney #Divorce #DivorceLawyer #DivorceAttorney #UncontestedDivorce #ChildCustody #LegalHelp #LafayetteGA #Georgia

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At the start of our adoption journey we had so many worries. There were the small unecessary worries like 'What if they don't approve us because we can't successfully bake anything other than fridge cake?' and 'Should we change the plants on the balcony that look a little sad because if we can't keep plants alive surely they will worry about our parenting skills?'. Then there was the big stuff like 'Are we really ready?', 'What if we're not good enough?' and 'What if the fact that we have both suffered from mental illness and have dysfunctional families means we can't adopt at all?'. Looking back now, adopting meant so much to us that we over thought every tiny thing... and the big things, our amazing social worker helped us realise that what we thought might hold us back, actually made us more resillient and empathetic parents. As for the 'Are we really ready?', everything happened with perfect timing. The process had prepared us more than we knew and when there were chances for it not to work out during family finding and ffa we realised just how ready we were. It all makes sense now. The timing, the waiting. All those doubts slipped away the moment we held our baby in our arms. @adoption.uk @mumadukedesigns @im.winging.it.too #adoptionsundaysocial #youcanadopt #adoptionjourney #adoptionuk #adoptionukcommunity #loveispatient #lgbtq #lgbtparents #lgbtadoption #thisisadoption #mentalhealth #lgbtfosteringandadoptionweek

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So grateful for a boat and a river close at hand during Covid! Perfect weekend city escape 🕶☀️🌊

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Tomorrow... Suspension of Disbelief by Founder and Director of Living Life Adopted Rachel Snavely-Merhaut gets released. Get excited! Adoptee voices are so important! All of them.

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𝗪𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧, 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬!⁣ ⁣ Training through a pandemic has been a challenge within itself! ⁣ ⁣ Today marked my 11th half marathon! The women I have ran with, through the years, are truly inspirational! ⁣ ⁣ 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐩𝐮𝐬𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞! ⁣ ⁣ #womensupportingwomen #nationalwomensmonth #infertility #adoptionjourney #adoptionwait #lifeisbeautiful

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💙💙💙 Chad, Baby J & I were thrown the most beautiful shower/adoption party yesterday. We cannot even begin to express our appreciation for the family & amazing friends who attended, sent gifts & well-wishes and showed us the most amazing display of love. We are overwhelmed by your generosity and cannot thank you enough for giving us an afternoon devoted to our guy and this crazy adventure (especially in the midst of Covid). To my sister @aringblom, niece Harper, mom @nrthwdsmom and mother-in-law @southseasliving...😭😭😭 your support means the world & the party was just perfection. (Here are a few pics from Alli as I took zero 🙈). #babyj #adoption #adoptionjourney #familyfirst #love #foster #fostercare #boymom #toddlerboy #shower #love #loveislove

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Want to support a business owned by someone with Down syndrome for day 7 of #21ThingsIveLearnedFromDownSyndrome? Check out Julia from @dance.happy.designs, and see what her friends have to say about her!

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Quem somos nós? . - pai - mãe - um trio lindo 💙 - um catchorinho 🐶 - muitas plantas - uma casa de papéis colados pela parede - uma kombi - uma vida de histórias! . . . . . #derepentecinco #derepente5 #maedetres #maedemenino #brasilsemórfãos #adoçãolegal #adocaotardia #adocaodeirmaos #maternidadeadotiva #gravidosdocoracao #gestaçãodocoração #diariodeadocao #mundoazul #ensaiogestante #ensaioadocao #pósadoção #parentalidadeadotiva #adocaosp #adoçãolegal #adoptionjourney #maesporadocao #exposiçãodetelas #telacomcautela #pompeiacity #casahashimoto #pompeiacity #arrumação #criandomeninos #kombeiros #kombilife #desenhodecriança

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Looking for an excuse to take a break? Here’s one: Today, I’m celebrating enjoying life with friends!⁣ After months of hard work, I was more than ready to get away with my husband and our friends and enjoy a break from work and kids!⁣ So CHEERS to that, friends! (And Salut!) Tell me, what's your favorite way to take a break? ⁣ #adoptionislove #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #hopefuladoptiveparents #hopefuladoptivefamily #adoptionislove #adoptionstory #adopting #adopt #homestudy #hopingtoadopt #weareadopting #adopting #waitingtoadopt #adoptmatch #adoptingababy #privateadoptions #hopingtoadopt #hopefuladoptiveparents #fostercareadoption #infantadoption #adoptionjourney #birthmomstrong #adoptionisbeautiful #lovemakesafamily #adoptioncommunity #adoptiveparent #newbornadoption #adoptwell #adoptiontalk

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#Meet our #new #furbaby the latest #addition to our #family. #Rocky Vargas, #male, #2months, #15lbs, mixed breed. #adopted from @anticruelty. The only way to go when looking for a new fur #companion. He's #perfect. Our #baby Norayah is already #intrigued by him, and he to her. This new #journey of #watching them #grow #closer #together will be #beautiful. #God is #good. . . . #anticruelty #anticrueltysociety #anticrueltysocietychicago #adoptdontshop #adopt #adoptdontshop🐾 #adoption #adoptionjourney

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I love that Joseph’s first Heavenly messengers came in a sacred, secluded spot, but his next one came in an overcrowded bedroom. This fact brings me so much peace, because some days it feels impossible to find a grove. But an overcrowded room? I can easily find one of those. A situation doesn’t need to be ideal for God to be revealed. Yes. God meets people on top of mountains. But he also meets us crushed under a mountain. Or beside a mountain of laundry. Where we reach out to Him, He creates space. And those spaces become sacred. Whether it is an overcrowded bedroom or a grove. repost @comefollowmedaily

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We still get the stares sometimes. We occasionally get the “are they all yours” or “your hands must be full” comments. I’ve been asked if we run a daycare or once someone thought I was a teacher taking my life skills class for an outing. Pretty sure our entire neighborhood knows our family. We are loud, we are busy, and I’m convinced the inside of our van randomly produces goldfish and empty juice boxes on its own. It’s a beautiful, sometimes chaotic, never dull life. When asked by others if we had always planned to have a large family, we reply, “not really planned, just called.” Everyone’s calling is different. Our was to adopt children and have a large family. There is nothing super righteous or next level spiritual in what we have done, it’s just being faithful. One thing we have learned over the years is that everyone’s calling looks different, everyone’s path is unique, and that’s what makes life so beautiful. If you are faithful, heeding God’s call in your life, joy will be found. Even if that call seems unconventional. We have to plan ahead and can’t really be too spontaneous. Our grocery bill is like having a second mortgage. We draw attention wherever we go. Our kids medical needs keeps us on our toes. Yet we are happy. We have joy. Because we were called to this life. When you are faithfully living out your calling, joy will follow... What is God calling you to do? It’s not too late to heed that call and discover the joy He has prepared for you.

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I wrote an article a few months ago about our journey with Second Parent Adoption. My sweet, incredible friend read it and asked if he could interview my favorite person ( @hands_and_hearts_full_doula ) and me for his show over at @coxmediagroupli Thanks for having us and thank you for bringing this super-confusing issue into the spotlight instead of pretending it doesn’t exist. The interview is available now and the article is still just as relevant. Links to both in my bio. Check it out 🌈 . . . . #shitmomswontsay #gayfamilies #gayparents #lgbtqia #lesbianmoms #gaypride #equality #secondparentadoption #adoptionjourney #lgbt #twomomsarebetterthanone #twomomsquad

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I have been in therapy for adoption trauma, depression, betrayal trauma, anxiety, and attachment issues for about 2 and a half years now. These diagrams are so incredibly helpful. I remember early into my sessions my therapist would use the diagram of the therapy sandwich and on the surface I understood, but deep down I didn't. Being trauma informed, in my life, is essential to living. My husband is trauma informed, my close friends are, and the tiny pieces of family I allow in my life (biological or adopted) need to know these things too. This emotional work is absolutely exhausting but as an Adoptee, I got to a point in life where everything had spiraled out of control. It was heal or die, which seems extreme. Trust me, it isn't. Early childhood and preverbal trauma manifest in my body, in my behaviors, in the way my brain is wired and works.... It's that deep. It's cellular. This work is heal or die. #evolvingadoptee #trauma #healingjourney #healing #love #selflove #therapy #power #selfcare #traumainformed #traumaresponse #healingtrauma #adoption #adoptee #adoptionjourney #adoptionistrauma #adoptiontrauma #griefwork #grieftherapy #traumatherapy

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It's a physical issue. Infant separation from the birth mother causes the infant to develop differently. We are literally wired differently, mentally. Adoption is trauma. #evolvingadoptee #adoptionistrauma #traumahealing #traumacare #adopteelife #adopted #life #instaquotes #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #educateyourself #wounded #growth #personalgrowth #personaljourney #selfcare #selflove #this #childhoodtrauma

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This is so important. Once I started to heal my emotional trauma, I realized I didn't actually know why I was so upset. My number 1 is feeling unheard. But I have definitely felt ALL of these, often, from my adoptive family. That's just the truth. #evolvingadoptee #adopteelife #adopted #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptee #instaquotes #triggers #emotionalintelligence #emotionalmaturity #feelings #behavior #boundaries #love #selflove #selfcare #feelingheard #feelingseen #healingtrauma #healingjourney

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🕯 U*N*A*S*H*A*M*E*D 🕯 #if2021 —best @ifgathering yet! Not because of the speakers or the all-virtual venue, but because of what God did (and is doing) in my heart. In December, a friend of mine was preaching and he shared how annually he has a word that God lays on his heart. I’ve never really had a word, I’ve heard of people doing this though. But friends, I. Could. Not. Shake. the feeling that God was calling me to step out of my timid little Sunday morning faith and just step into his story in a big, bold way. Then we started the adoption process and every single step has had to be a step of faith and most of those steps had to be really big faith. Was this the right agency? Is this how to speak to an expectant mama trying to figure out her choices? Is this how we want to ask our friends and family to come alongside us? What words should we pray over our baby and his/her first family? And of course the scariest one, how in the world are we going to pay for this? 2021 is praying big prayers, loudly, in public if need be, and not being ashamed of our Jesus and his work on the cross that saved my life. His posture of humility and service and abundant love and speaking truth to power is a posture that I need to assume as a follower of Christ. Gosh, this was so much more profound in my sweet little head, but I hope the message of joy for the gospel is clear. #adoption #adoptionjourney #journeytoadoption #babies #love #peace #gospel #power #unashamed #jesusisbetter #letsgo

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We’ve had a very productive weekend getting the house ready for the little one 💙 making more space, getting the TV out of reach and making a little play room in the conservatory, just waiting for the rug and we’re done!!! Bring it on Baby Bowes, loads of space for adventure and fun #babyproofing #hideanythingvaluable #playroom #decorating #adoptionjourney #1moreweek

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Hi everyone! So today I got to go on my first walk outside. My moms bought me this fancy jacket because I am still so skinny and start to shiver because it is only 25 degrees in Rhode Island. Can you believe that!? But they got me dressed, and took me in the car (I shook a lot) and we went to a state park for a long walk! It was so cold but I had so much fun. There were so many smells to smell, and I even saw snow! I stepped on it and it was so cold on my paws! I could have walked for ever but it got to cold and we had to go home. So we went home and I got to stand on @annadonna63 lap in the car and stare out the window in the FRONT seat on the way home! It was so much more fun that way! I didn’t even shake! Then we came inside and I started to play with my new toys a little. Might take me some time with the toys. But I’ll get there. I love my new life. And I love my new moms. #rescuedog #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescue #rescuedogs #rescuepup #rescuedogsrock #rescueismyfavoritebreed #rescuelove #rescuemom #adoptdontshop #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #dogs #dog #doglife #doglovers #dogmom #doglove #adopt #adoptme #adoptdontshop🐾 #adoption #adoption #adoptables #adoptionjourney #adoptdogs #adoptdontshop❤️

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And it's hung. 💕💕 I was thinking last night about my college art professor. He was always frustrated I didn't spend more time outside of class hours working on my different pieces. I knew he questioned my commitment to my art and talent. But this is what he didn't know. As a independent student I was working A LOT to finance my degree (trust those students loan still aren't paid for too😩). Besides my classes and coursework, I worked two workstudy jobs and had journalism positions to hold to keep my scholarship. Going into my sophomore year I had some decisions to make. As a Communication major with an emphasis on journalism and business all my credits went to those courses. Painting was swapped for graphic design, drawing for business classes. I took up the position of layout editor/photojournalist/writer. And I effectively stopped drawing. This year was the first time in over 10 years I started drawing again. It was intimidating. Some of the different mediums I've dabbled in the past year have felt foreign but comforting. But this digital piece flowed. I named it 'Making Her Way.' Because I am.💕💕 #adopteevoices #AdoptionJourney #adoptionstory #adoptionishard #adoptionawareness #adoptionreform #adoptionlove #iamadopted  #adopteestories #adultadoptee #fostercare #adoptiontrauma #adoptionishard #coloradosprings #allherwords #adopteeInfluencer #TRAactivist #dopeblackart #TheDailyAdoptee

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SUNDAY STROLLS 🌾🌳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • Today we went on a lovely 5 mile walk and come across a beautiful village shop selling this handmade train set 🚂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#adoption #adoptionuk #adoptionjourney #adoptioncommunityuk #adoptioncommunityuk #adoptionstory #adoptionblogger #adoptionblog

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Me and my best friend Sparky! We met at the animal hospital in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 🐶 and knew we’d be friends forever! My new parents @creatingbrighterdays even sponsored him to come back to canada too! We’ll be traveling together and we are so excited 💛 Sparky’s new family is one of the team members at mom and dad’s CBD pet company, so we’ll get to play all the time! #puravida #onetuffpablo #holapablo #rescuedog #dogadoption #costaricanrescuedogs #adopt #adoptionjourney #dogrescue #adoptadog #treatyourpet #cbdpet #cbd #cbdisolate #creatingbrighterdays #cbdoil #cbdheals #cbdhealth #cbddog #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #instadog #doglover #puppy #ilovemydog #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #instadog #doglover #puppy #ilovemydog

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We are adopting a child!!! We are beyond excited and grateful to be able to share this journey with you. We are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. This has been a desire for Todd and I since we were dating. Within the last 3 years we began researching about all things adoption. We originally focused on international adoption, but since last year 2020 we felt in our hearts we needed to shift to domestic adoption. We are currently in the Home study process and are humbled by everything we are learning. This is an exciting and an emotional journey, but we trust God is in control. We have not been matched, but we are praying for the brave and courageous birth mom. We appreciate all of our prayer warriors to come alongside of us in this time. We will update where it’s appropriate but also know that this is not just our story to tell. Wherever he/she may be. We can’t wait to meet you. #crewsadoption #adoption #domesticadoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionfromtheheart #love #cruisingwiththecrews #grateful #beautiful #instagood #crewscode

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🦡 This little poppet has been with us for 12 weeks now...& what a whirlwind she is! 🌪A very different character to shy gentleman Beaky 🐎 It's not been an easy ride by any means: counter surfing, worms, a big friction burn on her belly, standing on broken glass 😣 On walkies she is pretty reactive towards other dogs, working the usual mild-mannered Beaky up - sometimes to the point that I think that my shoulders could be pulled out of their sockets 🙈 In addition she's developed resource guarding of her bed resulting in everyone in the family (apart from me) being very wary of her 😥 Which is a real shame as I get to see the sweet, funny & affectionate side of her. I'm working on encouraging & rewarding positive behaviour. However, considering that in the last 4 months she's been through a lot: she's moved from kennels to the rescue centre, travelled on a boat from Ireland, lived with a foster carer in a house for the first time, been separated from her pups & now ended up in our busy household. None of which she had a choice about. Bless her I think she's amazing - baldy bum and all! When she looks at me for reassurance or approaches for a head stroke, my heart just melts 😍 She does lots of barking, playing, and is a full on daredevil 😈 Her presence has made Beaks a lot more confident & she follows him around like a shadow 👥 Zady Pie what a 3 months it has been ❣ cannot wait to show you all the other things on our adventures like the beach, holidays & of course BBQs! Watch out world 🌍🦸‍♀️🐾

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She. She is beautiful. She is wise. She is smart. She is learning. She is inventive. She is imaginative. She plays. She laughs. She talks. She cries. She pushes. She loves cheesies. She loves daddies chips too. She loves playing shadow characters on her wall at night. She loves to play doctor. She loves to run. She pets and kisses her dog. She teases grandpa. She hugs and kisses grandma. She facetimes nanny and Grampy. She knows her New Brunswick cousins despite not having seen them in over a year and a half. She likes to play dishes in the sink. She likes to cook with Tita Rose. She likes to color and paint. She pretends she reads. She is learning to ride her bike. She is. She is our light. #sofia #sheis #stronggirl #adoption #adoptionjourney #maketodaycount #starsforstevie

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One of the many things we can't wait to share with our future little one! #adoptionjourney #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionisanoption #AChildsHope #achildshopenc #waitingfamily Go to our website to connect with us! www.ericandrachelleadoption.com

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In this adoption journey, somedays are easier than others. This song gave us peace this morning. #thankyoujesus❤️ #hopingtoadopt #hopefuladoptiveparents #americanadoptions #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney

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I wasn't sure if I would ever become a mom after so many failed IVF attempts. But I NEVER gave up hope. Don't miss my inspiring story of love after infertility, a miscarriage, and adoption. I am delighted to speak for the SRVIVORS group about my journey & how I found love & peace by going forward in faith. Please come & joinn us for another #sundaygriefseries devotional this Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. ET. It will be on their Facebook page. Share with anyone who could benefit from grief, loss, infertility & adoption challenges. #srvivrs #faith #mystory

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God is good all the time. In the morning. In the evening. When my life is exactly the way I think it should be. And when my life is completely turned upside down. I’ve been struggling with my new life, as it is not the story I would have written. When I first saw this picture taken this week, I was overwhelmed. I have a similar picture taken ten years ago, when our oldest five jewels were in grade school. I didn’t think I would be doing it all over again. Yet despite my new norm and my new honestly very hard, God is also every day showing me His goodness. He is in showing me His sweetness in the midst of our new norm. He throws it in there when I least expect it. There’s depth to this but sometimes it’s also the simple things. Cuddles, cartwheels, and laughter declare to me the sweetness and goodness of God. It is easy for me to focus on the hard but instead I’m working hard to focus on the goodness that is equally present. I don’t know what you’re walking out but I pray you also chose to look for God’s goodness that’ I 💯 believe is there. Look for the simple things. They are usually easier to find. Blessings on your Sunday friends. May you see the sweetness of God throughout it. #parent #adoptiveparents #connectedparenting #tbri #feltsafety #connection #nurture #structure #wholechild #trauma #change #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionistrauma #buildingtrust #buildingsafety #newfamily #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #blessed #godisgood #godislove #godisbigger #mamma #momgoals #play #transracialadoption #multiracialfamily #preciousjewelsmamma

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When we first got into foster care one of my good friends @meganawchoo said "I know the way you guys are and I bet you'll end up adopting your first foster placement." We of course denied it up and down because we were never in it to adopt. We envisioned 100+ foster kids coming into our home over the years and being able to change so many of their lives for the better. But here we are wanting to adopt our first foster placement and having only had one placement for the last almost year. @meganawchoo you were right all along! We can't help but want to adopt her now and we still do hope to have more foster placements over the years, but now we're not naive to the fact that we'll probably want to adopt them all. We love our little blended family and I think it's safe to say our foster loves us too!

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Love this pic of J and I. We are family. We may not have started out like your family but we are family all the same. ❤️ #adoptionuk #adoptionjourney #adoptionislove #fosteringchangeslives

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Baby, you dropped a bomb on me 💣 💚❤️💖💥

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