Archive for October 2012

Blindsided By Autism- A Father’s Journey.

This is a guest post from my good friend, Bruce Humphrey. He serves as the High School Pastor at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood, Indiana. He is also an avid bass fisherman, participating in several fishing tournaments a year, and a gifted communicator, speaking regularly in MPCC’s high school environment on Sunday nights. You can follow him on Twitter and read his personal blog in addition to this post. “He has what?”  I remember those words when my son, Bauer, was diagnosed with autism (ASD). I am a father of a five-year old autistic child. In October 2010, he was


Parent In Disguise: Fighting The Urge To Hideout!

No, this is not a Confessions post about the best Trick Or Treating strategy or the 10 greatest costumes in the history of Halloween. Although, that might be a fun post to write! (#1 would definitely be Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite…stash and all!) This is a post for any parent who has ever had the urge to hideout! Be honest, some of you have been there… Your daughter threw such an enormous tantrum in front of your house (and all your neighbors) that you fantasize about tunneling your way out of your neighborhood to a remote location where your


4 Things I Learned From Our Family Camping Trip.

A few months back we took a family camping trip to Mackinaw City, Michigan. I loved this trip because the area we camped in was gorgeous, the weather was very cool for mid-July, and it was just a nice getaway in the middle of a hectic summer. This was also a pioneer trip because it was the first time we had gone tent camping with our 6 younger children, the youngest being 3! Some of you might call that a suicide mission, and you would be right. Here’s a couple of pictures from the trip…     On one particular


Love Wins!

My two younger daughters have a problem. They fight with each other…. a lot! Okay, constantly. At least it seems that way at times. Honestly speaking, there’s sibling rivalry and then there’s my two girls. They have single-handedly redefined the phrase!


Being “Those People!”

I wake up early, head to the laundry room, and pull my son’s football pants from the dryer. Through grogginess and semi-sleep deprivation I place each pad in its respective pocket. This tends to be tedious work and take some time so I plan ahead. It needs to be done long before we have to leave for his game.


He Knows I’m Not Paying Attention.

Distracted? Consumed with work? Attached to your phone? Locked into email? Fully engaged in conversations on Facebook or Twitter? You may be sacrificing more than you think. That’s the realization I’ve come to and the hard lesson I continue to learn….

Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.