About

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I am a mom to eight lovely children,  four grew within me and four grew apart from me, but all have grown in my heart. We have been together as one forever family since July 2016, after a two and half year long adoption journey that began with our first orphan hosting trip through Project143.

My blog originated with the beginning of our adoption journey. My very first post, “How do you do it” answers the question I was first posed endlessly–“How do you decide to adopt five siblings all at once?” Click on the link and find the answer to that question and read my all-time most viewed post.

For those who are curious about the endless stacks of paperwork it takes to complete an international adoption, you may want to take a peek at my post “the paper chase” that explains a bit of the beginning steps of our adoption journey, with regards to the mounds of paperwork it entails.

Additional questions, such as the reason why we chose international versus domestic adoption or why we chose to adopt older children, click and see the post titled, “Questions” which addresses these and more.

For an insider’s view of our first hosting trip with the boys, look at the post “Interview Questions with Tiny Green Elephants”.

For those who may think we never faced problems or struggles or fear or doubt during our adoption, please see these following posts that addresses all of these issues.

Our adoption was made final in Latvia on Thanksgiving Day 2016. How appropriate. You can view a photo video of our journey over the past two years at my post, “Whatever you do just don’t lost heart.”

As for me, here is a little bit more about my background. I have my Master’s degree in Education with my Teaching Certificate to teach K-8th grade, from The University of Michigan (GO BLUE!). My undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a Behavior Modification emphasis. Working with at-risk youth is something I always enjoyed.  I have worked as a youth mentor, behavioral therapist for autistic children, and I have worked for several groups homes as both a child care counselor and later as a Director of Training. In the public school system  I taught grades PK, K, 2, 3, and 4 and subbed them all. Finally, for a few years I opened a home-based preschool which I loved! Currently I’m happy to be able to homeschool my children and spend time with my loving husband of 16 years who works in the medical field.

kidsA photo of all the littles taken recently.Not pictured above is my wonderful 21-year old daughter, who is my right-hand woman. I don’t know what I would do without her help!

fam2016roblaughA photo of our entire family taken Christmas 2016.

Today our kiddo makeup now looks like this: 21, 11, 10, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4.  If you are following along closely on my blog, you may have noticed we are missing one boy (the now almost 15 year old boy whom we hosted four times). You can read more about why this is in my post, The Battle.

As I said, I originally started this blog to talk about our beginning adoption journey. As we are nearing the end of the official adoption and immigration part of that journey, I believe my blog will evolve to cover new topics. I hope to branch out and share a little more about how my home functions and what I have learned over my twenty-one year parenting journey that continues. Writing on the blog is creative fun for me. I enjoy the interactive atmosphere of the blogging style of writing. As I move forward with the blog, I want to I share, learn, inspire, encourage, help, teach and connect. Thanks for stopping by and reading through.😍

66 thoughts on “About

  1. Yes, I’ll agree you need as many prayers as you can get! Wow…looks like a photo of the Walton or “Brady bunch” family! Bless you all!!!!! Thank you for the visit and please stop by my place anytime. I follow those who follow me and I’ll do my best to get back your way as soon as I have time…

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Steve

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  2. This makes me smile. I just wish I could be part of your family. But I would more suit a grandmother role. LOL
    Thanks for sharing and I know it won’t all be plain sailing, but I know that those children are so blessed to have such amazing parents.

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  3. Crazy Love Parents, how did we miss meeting for all this time????
    I am both Honored and Humbled to know that you had super human vision all along.( And I am addressing the both of you}
    I raised 4 Sons who are all Fine, Good Men.
    Sincerely,
    Robert

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  4. What a story! I thought from going from 3 children to 6 was a big deal. We are a blended family, so we have 3 in the house on a regular basis and the other 3 every other weekend, holidays, and extended times during the summer. It’s exciting and scary at the same time to see what God does. I look forward to learning from the lessons God teaches you as you share those with the blogging community! God bless you and your family!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Matthew! I appreciate it. My oldest is from my first marriage, so we also have some blending in our family. Sounds like you have a lovely family as well. ❤ Looking forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂

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      1. We also have an adopted son (only one), and he is already an adult, with his own family and children, but I have worked with families who adopted children, siblings as well, and I know what you have gone through. Many blessings to you,
        Dolly

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      2. Oh that is awesome to hear, Dolly! Thanks for sharing. Adoption is not for the faint of heart. I heard that when were first started the process and only now, more than two years later, am I learning what that truly means! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you and yours as well!

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      3. 🤣🤣 Yes, this is true. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as those years I spent working in group homes with 6 very troubled teens in a house at a time. My hats go off to those workers, that was by far the hardest job I ever had! Praying we will make it through! ☺️☺️Take care, Dolly!

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      4. Of course it will be terrible, as it always is, adopted or not, and of course you’ll live through it – everybody does! My hat is off to you – I only worked with kids like that at school, and I only had one at home. At some point we tried to have a dorm arrangement for three boys, but it was not a successful experiment so we just ran the ESE school and provided lots of support for parents, biological or adoptive. Blessings!

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  5. So glad to find your blog. I am Gramama to six. It seems that with all your experiences before, that a houseful of beautiful children would be easier. Prayers and blessings for you and your family as you continue to know and experience the Lord’s will for you. Whenever you have time and are led, please visit GOD’S GRACE ~ GOD’S GLORY. Looking forward to your postings. ~ Fran

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Fran. Yes, I feel as though God had been preparing the way all these years for us to bring these children home. As you look back, you can connect the dots. Isn’t that how it always is? Looking forward to checking out your blog as well! 🙂

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  6. Good morning Christina, how are you, hubby, and the rest of the family? As I mentioned in a reply to you yesterday, I’ve read all of your posts! So I just thought I would say “hi” on your ABOUT page. Hope all is well with everyone and hope to hear from you soon…

    Steve

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    1. Thanks, Steve! We are all doing well. Enjoying some unseasonably weather and getting outside a lot with the kiddos. We had a hockey tournament last weekend in Canada for two of our boys. Hope all is well with you! Thanks for the support on my blog. I wish I had the time to read each of your posts…I’m trying to get over there as often as I can!!! :-). Take care! 🙂 Christina

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      1. Oh wow…I guess you love to get out with all the “kiddos” and have some fun. So, you live in Canada, or you are just close to it?

        I think you do a super job in supporting my blog and I appreciate it! I understand with how busy you are that you can’t always find time to post on your blog. But when you do, its always worth reading!!

        Have a super day and enjoy it…

        Steve

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