Archive for May 2014

God Could Have Left Us Alone.

Many of you have read posts by my wife, or me, describing the difficult year we have had as a family. “Difficult” would be an understatement. Traumatic or gut-wrenching might be more accurate. We have faced some things with a few of our children that have brought us to our knees. We are learning every single day what it means to trust God for everything. And I mean everything!


Why Disciplining A Teenager Is Like Going To The Gym For The First Time.

They’ve been in my office more times than I can count- distraught parents of unruly teenagers who suddenly need discipline. They’re frustrated, confused, at a loss, and desperate for any ounce of help they can get. After listening to their stories of how their kid won’t listen to a thing they say, is defiant and out of control, or laughs in their face when they give an ultimatum, my conclusion is the same: you’re about a decade or more past due in making this shift!


So, Who IS On Your Side In Foster Care? (Hint: It’s Not The System!)

If you’ve been a foster parent for any stretch of time, you’ve probably recognized something: you’re pretty much on your own, throughout the process, most of the time. Sure, you’ll get information via email, voice mails, and texts but, most of the people you encounter (judges, lawyers, case managers, etc.) really aren’t in your corner….at least, not normally!


3 Things You Need To Know About Throwing Your Hands Up.

No, I’m not talking about a hip hop song where they tell you to “throw your hands up!” I’m talking about the moment of defeat. The moment when you want to quit…on parenting, chores, paying bills, cooking dinner, doing laundry, dealing with your teenager’s attitude….you know… life!


A Prayer For Raising Boys.

I love being a dad to boys. I have 4 of them. And, trust me, they are all boy, all the time! I’m talking shirts off, no shoes, dirt behind the ears, smelling like they’ve spent an entire day out in the sun immediately after getting out of the bathtub, all boy! It’s fun.


The 7 Hills Every Parent Should Die On.

It’s easy to lose sight of the most important things when it comes to parenting. I don’t know if you can identify or not, but the busier I become, the harder it is for me to keep the critical parts of parenting in front of me. Especially in a world that’s moving at the speed of light!


The Story Of Our Wounds.

Over the past several years, our family has experienced some painful moments. In fact, we bear the scars. But I’m learning how healing their story can be for others who are suffering.

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.