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

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I remember the commercials vividly. Maybe they're still around, I'm not sure. They're the Nationwide, "Life Comes At You Fast!" commercials.

The reason I remember them so well is that each time they aired on my TV I awkwardly laughed.

I did so because they represent something greater than just a clever ad campaign. They represent my life. They represent your life. They represent real life. And, sometimes real life comes at you real fast!

Let’s just be honest….

  • Sometimes the bank account gets overdrawn.
  • Sometimes the kids are complete terrorists while you are on the phone.
  • Sometimes the dog gets worms and relieves herself all over the carpet.
  • Sometimes your child is failing every class even though you’ve spent hours doing homework with her.
  • Sometimes your boss micromanages you.
  • Sometimes your grown up child makes decisions you prayed they wouldn’t.
  • Sometimes you are 1 day and 5 hours overdue on a blog post.
  • Sometimes your neighbor gives you the evil eye for no reason as they drive past.
  • Sometimes you do forget to pay a bill and a collection agency calls you.
  • Sometimes your son pulls his pants down in public and threatens to pee on something.
  • Sometimes you get a call from the principal’s office.
  • Sometimes your car doesn’t start.
  • Sometimes there is a really bad smell in that car that doesn’t start.
  • Sometimes you feel un-talented and un-useful (are those actual words?).
  • Sometimes you feel as though every other parent has it together except you.
  • Sometimes the leak in the bathroom ends up causing mold in the floor joists.
  • Sometimes your son calls you awful names and tries to punch you.
  • Sometimes you have days where you just want to quit.
  • Sometimes things move a little faster than you wanted them to.
  • Sometimes he says he doesn’t love you anymore and wants out.
  • Sometimes you feel like you’re outgunned and outmatched by your kids.
  • Sometimes it doesn’t feel like Nationwide is on your side.

Sometimes…life comes at you fast. Okay, MOST of the time life comes at you fast! Being a parent just pushes the pedal through the metal!

Question: Can you relate? What are some other “sometimes” that you would add to this list? 


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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.