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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

star wars room

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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Older Child Adoption : One young family’s story

adopting an older child

Thank you to our friends who are sharing their story today about how they adopted their 15 year old son from the Ukraine only a few months ago!  This young…

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Show Hope : Waiting Child Spotlight


The following post is a Waiting Child spotlight brought to you by my friends at Show Hope, a non profit adoption grant organization.  The child featured is waiting for a…

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Happy Blogiversary! 1 year old today!


So this Catching Up With Kate thing turned a year old today – what a whirlwind! Happy Blogiversary to us!  For those that are interested, I thought I would share…

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Happy Birthday Little Miss C


“Sometimes,” Said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”  ~ A. A. Milne Oh sweet Little Miss C, who told you that you could turn…

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The adoption answer show


So the other day I was a guest on The Adoption Answer Show on KKLA.  I was honored to be interviewed by Michelle Dettman and Lara Scott of The Adoption…

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Building a family with International Adoption : Russia


I have shared about all I am comfortable with about our adoption processes, but I love to share other people’s stories.  The following story is from my friend and kindred…

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Adoption Fundraising Ideas

Adoption Fundraising ideas

How to Afford Adoption was nearly a year in the making so I decided I should probably break it up a bit!  In the first Affording Adoption Article I shared…

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How to Afford Adoption : Adoption Grants, 50 Money Saving Ideas, and more!

adoption resources

One of the first concerns for many people who wish to adopt is the cost.  I cannot tell you how many people have told me they would love to adopt,…

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Sweet miracle boy : Fost Adopt Story


One more lovely story to share for Foster Care Awareness Month!  This comes from my friend Betty who adopted sweet newborn baby Lucas.  Little Lucas had a rough start but…

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Adopting a sibling set from foster care


I am so happy that so many adoptive families are willing to share their story with our audience for Foster Care Awareness Month!  We are an adoptive family and as one…

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Fost Adopt : Foster Care Awareness Month – three boys!


I am thrilled to have another adoptive family share their story in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month!  The mom telling this story is a dear friend, I know her…

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Fost Adopt : One family’s story


May is Foster Care Awareness Month.  To celebrate I asked readers to share their Foster to adoption stories.  Our family is formed through adoption, but we only really have two…

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“Adoption is Trendy” is not a thing.


It’s always interesting to me the reaction our family gets over the years when strangers realize we are an adoptive family.   With one adopted from Russia through Inter Country…

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New Gorilla Habitat & New Baby at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo; and just about an hour north in Escondido is the equally famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  As SoCal…

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Tips for Making a Meal for a New Family


Over the years we have made quite a few dinners or lunches for new families!  When a mom comes home with a new baby or a family adopts a sibling…

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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+