November 4.Reading time 12 minutes.
The adoption courtroom.
If you’ve been there, you know this is a room flooded with emotions. The adoption courtroom filled my soul with all of those incredible emotions.
I cried tears of joy… I cried tears of grief.
The same tears I cried during each…
September 14.Reading time 5 minutes.
Our first IVF treatment was quite the adventure, as it is for most. There are lots of emotions, and so many new things you learn about your body and reproduction, you know, the things you’re not taught in your fifth grade sex-ed class. Like most things in life, the IVF experience is unique to each person, each couple, and the details of your fertility journey.
So, what are the first couple weeks of an IVF cycle like?
What can you expect?
August 31.Reading time 21 minutes.
An IUI procedure often falls somewhere in the middle, costing couples only a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars, still offering a more affordable option to becoming pregnant.
So, who can benefit from an IUI procedure, and is it worth it?
August 17.Reading time 15 minutes.
Remember, this is a trying and sensitive time in your parenting journey. Emotions are high, and hormones might be all out of whack. Between the stress and medications, your body will physically be in a foreign state which can take its tole.
You want someone who is wholeheartedly in this with you…
August 4.Reading time 6 minutes.
We did it! We signed up our little boy for preschool last week.
In just a couple days, we will wake up, get ready, and take our first baby to first-ever first day of school.
He will be dropped off, and have a great time, and I will try not to cry as we’ve reached this big milestone with our first “baby.” Parenting is quite a journey, and as our kids grow, our plans change from time to time…
July 20.Reading time 24 minutes.
Building a family can look so different, for so many people. For some it comes easy, for others it doesn’t. And even for others, there are surprises along the way!
What do you do when you suspect you might dealing with infertility after some time trying to conceive? How long should you try to conceive before seeking medical advice? And when you decide to explore your options, where do you even begin?
July 6.Reading time 42 minutes.
There are so many beneficial things you can do to help improve your chances of conception, and quickly. Ideally, you would want to start detoxing your body and consuming the proper nutrients a year prior to conception. If you are just starting to think about growing your family in the next year, start doing these things now! However, you may be on the opposite end of the spectrum and perhaps have been TTC for years and may have already started fertility treatments. Wherever you may be in your journey, adding these things to your daily routines and regimens can help support a healthy pregnancy, and may help to heal your body naturally of any fertility struggles you have endured.
June 29.Reading time 13 minutes.
If you’re ready to move forward but want to know about getting started… here is some other information that you may find helpful, like how much it costs, how to cover those costs, and which medications are used during an IVF cycle.
June 22.Reading time 21 minutes.
Venturing into the IVF world can be daunting, especially when infertility treatments were not in your original conception plans. There are so many different treatment variables, medications, appointments, and verbiage you may be completely unfamiliar with. High school biology doesn’t compare to the amount of knowledge you will learn about reproduction and learning your own body through the process of infertility and pursuing fertility treatments.
So, where do you begin? Who is IVF for? Is this something you could benefit from?
May 31.Reading time 23 minutes.
Check out a snapshot of our Fostering experience.
Introduction, Statistics In Our Area, Our Story to Foster Care, Attachment, Reform In Foster Care, Foster Care “F” Words, Birth Families/First Families, Foster Care Tribe, Asking For Help, A Funny Story, and more!
May 25.Reading time 11 minutes.
When you have a child with big emotions – be it toddler life, teen life, or trauma life – don’t underestimate the power of aromatherapy! Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a powerful addition to your child’s therapy sessions, daily routines and coping method practices. We have read books and attended training classes about the behaviors we may see with drug-exposed infants as they get older. Boy have we seen a fair share…
May 24.Reading time 11 minutes.
When you have a child with big emotions – be it toddler life, teen life, or trauma life – don’t underestimate the power of aromatherapy! Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a powerful addition to your child’s therapy sessions, daily routines and coping method practices.
I wanted to show you all what I use with my kids on a DAILY basis!
May 23.Reading time 11 minutes.
I remember receiving what must have been a dozen phone calls over the course of a week… just waiting for a placement.
We waited… and waited… and waited. I thought, “Surely, there is a child out there for us. During training classes, we heard nonstop about the great need for willing families.”
May 18.Reading time 35 minutes.
Fostering Babies – Must Haves – 12 Things to have on hand before fostering newborns and infants, plus 12 things you may not have thought of to have…
May 10.Reading time 15 minutes.
Oh man. Where do I begin? I’ll be honest when I say this prompt* caught me on a bad day. A really. bad. day. And even when I’m about done, and about to my breaking point. I still find it hard to ask for help. I can’t speak for all foster parents, but I know […]