Archive for February 2014

Are You Your Child’s Security Device?

This is a guest post by Emily Harper. She is a mother, a blogger, a member of her community watch, and the owner of the blog, Security Ocean. She loves writing about her experience and expertise. You can visit her blog by clicking here.


The Faith Of A Child

Last weekend, my 11-year old daughter played a pirate in the musical Peter Pan, produced by Christian Youth Theater in Indianapolis. To say this show was amazing would be an understatement. It was beyond amazing! As it tends to go anymore with me, I learned something I didn’t expect to learn.


Don’t Wait Until You’re Old And Bitter!

The other day I attended a prayer breakfast in downtown Indianapolis with about 600 area pastors, government officials, and ministry leaders. During the keynote speaker’s message I looked over to the neighboring table and saw a young married couple nestled close to one another, listening intently to the speakers words.


4 Reasons Why Pastor’s Kids Hate The Church

I didn’t grow up as a pastor’s kid. However, as a pastor, I have been raising them for the past decade. In that time, I’ve learned so much about myself as a father, and as a church leader. Mostly, I’ve learned the delicate balance between choices that could lead my children to love the church and choices that could lead my children to hate the church!


“You Don’t Have To Be Perfect” (AdoptUSKids)

Recently, I discovered the organization AdoptUSKids. They exist to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system and to assist U.S. States, Territories, and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.


Why Do We Wait Until Valentine’s Day?

Yesterday morning I was at Kroger early, picking up some groceries, when I noticed a string of men picking up bouquets of flowers and chocolates for, what I’m assuming was, their significant others. It was 5 o’clock in the morning. Nothing like getting ahead, I thought to myself. As I left the store, the thought occurred to me- “Why do we wait until this day to express our love for one another?”


6 Struggles Every Foster Parent Faces

We spent a decade serving as foster parents. In that time we had the privilege of taking in more than 30 children, 6 of whom never left our care and became a permanent part of our family. Over the course of our career we experienced some major struggles. But we learned a lot from them.


A Dance With Cinderella

Last night I took my 11 and 13 year old daughters to “The Princess Ball” father-daughter dance sponsored by a local parks and recreation center near our hometown. To say this was an amazing night with my girls would be an understatement. The parks and rec. pulled out all the stops with an array of activities for the girls to do, plus a horse-drawn carriage ride to cap the night.


The Wounds Are Healing

Where do you go to find healing for your wounded spirit? That’s a big question. A few years ago, I discovered something that I hadn’t really given much thought to before. It came from the most unlikely place with the most unlikely people- a support group with complete strangers. Sounds intimidating, right? But what I discovered from my experience with them was that I was not alone on this difficult journey called parenthood. That night I learned that other people have the same wounds as I do. Realizing this brought healing to my life!


6 Things You Never Want Your Kids To Stop Believing About You!

“My dad can beat up your dad because my dad is the strongest dad in the world!” Remember saying that as a kid? It was normally stated in response to a friendly playground spat with another kid. A few years ago I heard my son say this to one of his friends about me. I smiled to myself and then thought, “Good. I want him to believe that. At least for a while.”

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.