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Adopting a child with HIV : Lily’s Story “She was vulnerable to the lie.”

The amazing team at Sharing Dots was kind enough to put together a guest post about a very special family that moves me like I can’t even put into words. …

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That time I met an internet bestie at Hollywood Studios

That time I met an internet bestie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Nothing made our trip to Walt Disney World more fantastic than meeting kindred spirits we couldn’t wait to meet!…

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First of all, we kind of fell into Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and I love to use this space of mine to share stories from time to time of families that choose to Foster and/or…

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Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome : Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Thank you to my virtual friend Ashley (I can’t believe we have never met in person!) for sharing the story of her two precious sisters; both who were born with…

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Adopting from Ethiopia : One Family’s ‘Imperfect but Perfect’ Story

You may know this about me already; I’m kinda into adoption.  You may also know I am somewhat private about my family’s personal story – I have shared as much…

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Show Hope Empowered to Connect Conference – discount code and giveaway!

I am thrilled to attend the Empowered to Connect Conference for the first time this year.  I am even more excited to share a half off code for registration for…

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Adoption Awareness Month : I always wanted a big family!

Thank you to my friend Tammy for sharing her story for Adoption Awareness Month!  Tammy has adopted from both Russia and Ukraine. I love seeing facebook updates about her fun…

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the broken road that led me straight to you…..

November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  A few readers were kind enough to share their stories here!  If you are considering adoption I hope you will check out all the…

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Show Hope : Meet Ryker this Orphan Sunday

My friends over at Show Hope wanted to share about a little boy in their care on this Orphan Sunday. Please read about Ryker who needs a family of his…

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Metcha Day Party with Hallmark Kids Poster Card

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We have a little celebration in our house called “Metcha Day!” that is just for our son.  Metcha Day is the day my husband and I met our son for…

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Start an Adoption Fund At Your Church

lifesong adoption fund

Today we have a guest post from Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong for Orphans offers many adoption resources and today they are going to help with tips on how to start…

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Amazon Affiliate Adoption Fundraiser : Video Tutorial to Set up your account!

amazon affilliates tutorial

So a couple months ago I finally published “How to Afford Adoption…” as well as “30+ Fundraising Ideas for your Adoption” and I really thought it wouldn’t be that popular. …

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Adoption blogs are an important resource for families considering adoption.  Many know that our family was formed through adoption.  Our oldest is our only biological, or natural child.  International adoption is the journey we chose for our son, he was born in Russia.  After a whole lot of drama our youngest joined our family as an infant through a private adoption.  While our son’s adoption is completely closed, our daughter’s adoption is semi open.  When we started “Highlights Along the Way” we were committed to having a section to share about adoption.

People have always wondered how a family like ours was able to adopt. California is an expensive place to live. Both of our adoptions happened during a time when my husband was a teacher and I made a small income blogging from home.  How does a regular family afford adoption?  We hope that this series of adoption related posts will inspire others.  We hope readers will see that the financial sacrifice is worth it!  Adoption can be expensive, but it can also be free.  We share about everything from adoption grants to ways to save and even raise funds for an adoption process.  We share stories of other families with low to moderate income that also adopted.

While we have shared a bit about our adoption process, we really love sharing our reader’s stories too!  Guest bloggers have been sharing their adoption stories with our audience for years.  Adoption is so much bigger than our family’s experience. We have shared about our Russian adoption as well as our domestic private adoption, but there are so many other stories. I am so thankful for readers that taken the time to share as well.  My hope is truly that this blog normalizes adoption.  Our children’s adoptions are part of them, but it does not define them.  We celebrate our adoptions and how our family was woven together, but it really doesn’t make us much different than any other family.

Orphan causes have always tugged deeply on my heart strings.  I always knew I would adopt and my husband embraced the idea early in our courtship.  We are so thankful that adoption is part of our story but our family could only do so much.  The statistic of over 143 million documented orphans worldwide literally keeps me up at night.  Our family hopes to encourage you to consider adoption.  Orphan charities and orphan prevention charities are our favorites.

Ultimately, we just want to normalize adoption to others.  Adoption may not be common, but it is normal.  We hope that you see our family as any other family.  We love one another as perfectly and imperfectly as we might if we shared DNA. When you read our stories and others+