Yes, You Can Find A Place Of Rest When You’re Completely Exhausted!

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

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Yawning, yawning, and more yawning. If that describes you, we want you to know- You're not alone! There's a way to find rest and it's not as difficult as you think it is.

The year was 2004 and we were the parents of a 2 year old. We had adopted her at birth, she was healthy and happy, and almost like clockwork, she began to sleep through the night at 3 months old. “This parenting gig is easy,” we thought. Boy were we in for a rude awakening (literally).

Just two years after our little angel arrived, we decided to become foster parents. We did so because a friend of ours reached out to us and asked for help. She was going to lose her two children to the system and, instead of having them placed with a family she did not know, she asked us. In one week’s time we went from having 1 child to 3 children. In the years following we added, not 1 or 2 more, but 6 more to the mix. People thought we were crazy. Yeah, we were.

Weary and Defeated.

It didn’t take long for us to realize how tired we were becoming. Not only did we add a lot of active kids but we were now raising children from traumatic pasts and children with some extreme special needs. Two of our sons are diagnosed with Alcohol Related Neuro-developmental Disorder (ARND for short) which means they were drug and alcohol exposed before birth. We often deal with tantrums, meltdowns, violent outbursts, and more.

Bottom line: it has left us exhausted and defeated on more than one occasion.

Not only are we parenting children with special needs, but…we’re parents in general. As you know, special needs or not, it leaves you weary and defeated. If you’re nodding your head, we understand completely. We’re in this trench with you.

Finding Hope On The Journey.

Several years ago we realized we needed help. But where could we find it? We tried our kid’s therapists. She gave good advice, but  it just wasn’t exactly what we were looking for. We tried our support community. Also great advice, but they were in the same boat we were- tired and defeated. Plus, they were asking the same questions.

That’s when we decided that enough was enough. We had to change direction because, frankly, the direction we were moving in wasn’t working. At all! So we stopped what we were doing (because what we were doing wasn’t working) and mapped out a new plan. It was hard work. Really hard. But after consistently following it, we discovered two things-

  1. It became easier as time went on and…
  2. We started feeling more rested and rejuvenated.

When we became proactive about changing our circumstances (even in the middle of tough circumstances) we began to see progress.

Time for Change.

Maybe you’re in the same boat we were. Perhaps you feel defeated and tired from your journey as a parent. Maybe you are raising difficult children and it’s taken the life out of you. If so, we want you to know…you’re not alone! There is hope on this journey. We’re in this trench with you, and out of this trench we want to invite you to go on a journey with us.

We just opened up our brand new online experience created just for parents like you and me, called The Resting Place. The Resting Place was created by us, fellow weary parents, for you, to help you beat exhaustion and find the strength you’ve been missing. We’ve taken the action steps that have helped us over the past 14 years and made them all accessible in one place.


The experience is made up of 9 audio sessions, divided into 3 modules that center around 3 key action steps:

  1. STOP what you’re doing, because what you have been doing is not working.
  2. CREATE a new plan that helps you reset and recalibrate your parenting and your life.
  3. MOVE forward in a new and healthy direction.

Through these critical steps, we’ll help you discover a proven plan to find the rest you’ve been missing.

We understand the uphill battle of parenting. Especially if you’re a foster, adoptive, or special needs parent who’s parenting a difficult child or a child from a traumatic past. We know every tear you cry, and every frustration you wrestle with. There is hope for the journey. We’ve found it, and we want you to find it too.

The Resting Place is now open for registration but it won’t be open for long. Because this is an online course we need to get started as soon as possible, so we’re closing down the opportunity to get in in just one week on Monday, October 24th at 11:59pm (PST). Don’t wait to register. We probably won’t open up registration again until the spring. If you’re ready to move through your exhaustion and find a place of rest, click below to join now. We can’t wait to connect with you and help you find the rest you’ve been looking for!

Are you tired, weary, worn out? Share your story with us in the comment section of this post.

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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.