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The Princess Ball Is Over.

It’s a harsh reality to grasp as a parent. Our children will grow up. There will be a day, sooner than later, where they’ll be gone. How do you handle this fact of life?

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How Do You Find Peace During Christmas?

It’s the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, right? The reality, however, is that many enter into the Christmas season with a lot of stress and unrest. How do you find peace during the holiday season? Our family’s answer may surprise you! It’s not an easy thing to do. In fact, the Holiday season is one of the most unrestful times of the year for our family, it seems. Every year, in-spite of our planning, early shopping, and focus, we find ourselves rushing around like crazy people up until the last minute. Peace alludes us. While it

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6 Lessons I Learned From Getting Fired.

A little less than 2 months ago I was suddenly fired from the church I served with on the Northside of Indianapolis. While I won’t go into the details of the firing, I’ll only say that I did nothing morally or ethically wrong. It simply came down to a difference in philosophy. In the weeks that have followed I’ve learned several important lessons about life, my family, and the world around me.

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Why We Will Forever Be Taylor Swift Fans.

As a kid, I was bullied. From 4th grade to 9th grade, life was hell. I’ll never forget coming home from school, collapsing on my mom’s lap, and sobbing, because I couldn’t escape the cruel words of my classmates. As a father, 20 years later, I’ve held my own broken-hearted children, helpless to defend them from the hateful things their classmate’s say or do. The hardest thing to figure out as a parent is how you’re going to help your child face another day of torture.

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Tell Her She Doesn’t Have To Try.

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:

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Disappointment.

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.

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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.