Archive for October 2013

Jesus Would Go Trick-Or-Treating

I have been blogging on Confessions Of A Parent for a little more than a year now. In that time I have rarely written about anything “faith-based,” as some would call it. Even though I’m a pastor in a local church, this has been intentional.


The Reason Organization Wins.

In the 11 years that we have been parents, we have learned many valuable lessons. We’ve learned to always call when we’re unsure of a publicized date on the school’s website (super awesome to show up late to our daughter’s first day of school parent breakfast!). We’ve learned how valuable early bedtimes are. We’ve learned how important a routine is for our children’s development. And most of all, we’ve learned the value of being organized in our parenting.


20 Reasons Why My 4-Year Old’s Feelings Are Hurt!

My 4-year old son Sam gets his feelings hurt really easy. And when I say easy, I mean easy! If you look at him the wrong way, or say something he doesn’t like, his runs into the other room and collapses in a heap of emotion. As any good parent (especially one who is a blogger) would do, I take notes, and methodically plan out a future post, while his mother takes pictures!



I walked into my kitchen early one morning last week, to the sight of dishes overflowing from our sink.


The Problem With Reducing Risk.

I’m a cautious person. I will set boundaries and make up rules even when none exist and there’s no need for any. I do so because I have this ingrained belief, at times, that something could, or is going to, go wrong. As a husband and a father I tend to use my energy to reduce as much risk as possible. However, this can create huge problems!


12 Reasons Why My Kids Gross Me Out!

I love my kids. In fact, nobody can bring me to tears quicker, or make me laugh harder, than these amazing people. I’ve been blessed beyond anything I could imagine. But, good grief can they gross me out. In fact, there are times when I marvel at the level of gross they can descend to in such a short amount of time. It may be a gift!


7 Things I Learned From Our Recent Adoption Conference

Last year, Kristin and I attended a 2-day adoption/foster care conference on ERH (Emotional Regulatory Healing) Intensive Training in Indianapolis. The event was sponsored by The Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis and presented by Juli Alvarado from Coaching For Life, out of Denver, Colorado. The event was refreshing, insightful, and revitalizing, but not what we expected when we walked in to the first session on Saturday morning.


Documenting Meltdowns!

Admit it: you do this! And if you haven’t been doing this, there’s a twinge in your soul begging you to start. With the advent of iPhones, Androids, and all the other smartphones out there, it’s easy to document full-blown temper-tantrums and meltdowns in all their glory. It’s one of our favorite things to do!


Speak It In Truth, Let It Go In Grace.

In past posts I’ve admittedly described myself and my wife as lecturers. Boy oh boy are we! Both of us are first children, originating from fairly vocal families, so we inherently tend to lecture our children when they screw up. We’ve discovered, however, and continue to learn, that there is a huge disadvantage to this. The more we lecture, the more disengaged our children become.

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.