When you have children with special needs, everyday is an adventure. Sometimes, the adventure is exciting. Other days, it’s frustrating. Simple things that most people take for granted, like walking into a church, are an uphill climb. We personally climbed this hill for years before making progress. We’re still climbing in many regards. The biggest question we’ve wrestled with is, how do you function while making sure your children’s needs are fully met? This is a post by Kristin, who has lived on the front lines of our children’s special needs.
Archive for September 2014
In a world that pushes perfection and tries to convince our daughters that physical beauty is the most important thing, even if it’s falsified, singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat gets it. Her latest song, “Try” left me in tears. I saw my 4 beautiful daughters in this video:
Three years ago, almost to the day, Kristin and I found out some exciting news. We were going to have a baby. This time, the old-fashioned way. We already had 8 children through adoption, so this was an exciting new journey. Little did we know the pain and agony we were about to face. In early November we miscarried. The following was written by Kristin, a few days after walking through this painful experience.
Husbands, lets be honest- back in college it was our goal to make our soon-to-be-wives feel like the luckiest girl in the world. In fact, it was our mission! We bought flowers, listened, took her on dates that cost more money than we actually had, and arrived at her beckoned call if she had a bad day. We did all this because we wanted to win her heart. Why is this so hard to translate into married life, years later?
As this blog continues to grow, we want to do everything in our power to make it better and more relevant for you! To do that, we need to know more about you and what you like, dislike, and want to see more of. So we’ve created a reader survey.
One of the most important things a parent can do for their children is parent with consistency. Setting up clear boundaries and emphasizing consequences when the boundaries are crossed is critical for a healthy upbringing. But how do you accomplish this? And, what are the ramifications if you don’t?
Living life as an adoptive or foster parent brings about several unique life realities. One of them is birth parents. Your children will always have 2 sets of parents. We have been fortunate to have good relationships with our children’s other parents. As much as it depends on us, we strive to keep them healthy and strong. We do this for our sake, but more importantly, our children’s. This post is by Kristin. I love her perspective on birth parents!
As parents, you and I spend a lot of time making sure the health and well-being of our children is in top shape. We read labels on cans, digest blogs on parenting (good thing :-)), listen intently in conferences with teachers or doctors, and even force our little darlings to take naps (for their own good as well as ours!). We do all of that for our children. But what about our health and well-being?