“I See You, I Know You, I’m Cheering For You.”

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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It's been a month since we were in Seattle, Washington for The Refresh Conference and we are still overwhelmed by everything we experienced. Take a look at the highlight video below...

Have you ever had that feeling that you were exactly where you needed to be, at the precise moment you needed to be there, experiencing the exact thing you needed to, with the exact people you needed to experience it with? That was the thought that kept running through our hearts and minds on March 3-4 as we joined with 1600 of our fellow foster and adoptive parents in Seattle for The Refresh Conference.

As our plane landed the day before, nearly 2200 miles away from our home in Indiana, we felt like we were coming home. We felt like we had been out on a journey, sometimes through the wilderness, and we had finally returned to a place of rest and rejuvenation. These were our people. These were our brothers and sisters.

The foster and adoptive journey can be lonely and isolating at times. We fight for our children, we raise our voice on their behalf, we keep going even though we’re exhausted. We advocate and advocate and advocate until we’re so drained we feel as though we haven’t the strength to step into the next day. We wear scars on our bodies, and our hearts, from the battles we face with our children’s traumatic past. And yet we keep going, even though the majority of the world will never understand us, or see us.

We aren’t superheros. We’re just everyday people who desperately love vulnerable children.

But then we arrive at Refresh and we are seen, we are known, and we are cheered for. We are seen by our fellow travelers…we are cheered for by people who know the hopes, fears, and desperations of this journey. But most importantly we are seen, and known, and cheered for, by a Heavenly Father who will never leave us, nor forsake us. In Genesis 16:13, Hagar uttered these simple words: “You are the God who sees me.” They have never been more true for us. We are seen.

Refresh 2017 was beyond amazing. For 48 hours we gathered from all over the United States and Canada and held one another up. We discovered how not alone we are. We found camaraderie. We found rest and replenishment. But most importantly, we were reminded of hope. The deepest hope there is. The kind of hope that steps right into the messiness of our lives, and lifts us up.

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Make plans to join us next year for Refresh Seattle. It’s happening March 2-3, 2018. Visit therefreshconference.org for details. If you can’t wait for 2018, or you live in the Midwest or East coast, join us for Refresh Chicago this coming fall on October 6-7. Visit refreshchicago.net for information.

We promise, you won’t be sorry you attended either location!

Were you at Refresh Seattle this year? What was your biggest take-away? Share your story with us in the comment section below.

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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.