Archive for August 2013

[Re-Post] Teaching Our Children To Be Content.

By nature, I’m not a very content person. It’s always been a battle for me. I’ve struggled with being content with the blessings I’ve been given throughout my life. I remember on Christmas Day, 30 years ago, I received every toy imaginable (at least it seemed that way). But, by the end of the day, I wanted what I did not receive under the tree. I must have driven my mom and dad crazy!


5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Foster Care.

The foster care journey is filled with unbelievable frustration and pain, but also much joy and optimism. It’s not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but it is a journey that will teach you a lot about yourself and the many people you come into contact with.


5 Things I’ve Learned From My Baby

This is a guest post by Caitlin Morgan, a fairly new mom (her daughter was born this past March), and the small groups coordinator at East 91st Street Christian Church. I love her posts because she has a very funny perspective and sense of humor. She’s also a creative writer, graphic designer, and photographer in her free time. You can follow her on Twitter and check out her personal blog.


Creating Stress For Your Children

There’s a difference between stressing your children out and intentionally allowing them to live in the tension of life circumstances. I am discovering this every single day that I am a parent.


The Power Of Your Words.

Parents, your words have more power than you can imagine. Your children, and mine, will grow up believing the words they hear us speak to them. Obviously this could go either way: positive words build up, negative words tear down. We hold their tiny hearts in our hands like a fragile work of art. It’s up to us to be cautious with our actions, but also our words!


A Few ‘More’ Of My Favorite Things…

Back in November, when Confessions Of A Parent was just a spunky 2 months old, I wrote a post entitled A Few Of My Favorite Things. In the post, I listed off some of the totally awesome (eh hem) things we parents have to go through on a weekly (if not daily) basis. After several months of collecting some additional relics, I present to you, a few more of my favorite things in parenthood…


How To Build A Family Through Adoption.

We have been adoptive parents for 13 years now, and I can honestly say that it has been the greatest journey of our life. We continually reminisce back to our college days, before we were married, and agree that there’s no way we could have scripted our life any better. I say that in-spite of many difficult days and seasons. However, we have learned what sacrificial love looks like, how much we still have to learn as parents, and the unique beauty that comes from building a family through adoption.

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.