Welcome, adoptive, foster, step, or any other nonbiological mom.
Thank you for stopping by. I wish I could give you a hug, fluff the pillows, point you toward a comfy seat, and offer a cup of warmth or an ice-cold glass. Do you have time to sit for a while, secreted away while the kids are napping – or are at school?
Even if yours live on their own now, I’d love to hear about your children.
You see, I understand what it’s like to parent children born of another woman’s womb. Born of another but invited into your family, and into your heart. And, yes, I get it when you say your family has become a stinky mess; your arms dangle empty; and your heart bleeds from a recent beating. I too have questioned if I mistook God’s parenting call. In fact, I know that hopeless feeling. It’s as if you’re wandering through a wasteland that’s void of God’s presence.
I remember those days of isolation—when no one understood what it’s like to love a child who doesn’t know how to attach. I despised those words, “All children are like that.” And when people weren’t down-playing my frustrations, they were over-playing my benevolence. I felt nauseous when people treated me like the hero I knew I wasn’t.
You see, I have five children, all adopted from orphanages, and now all grown and parents themselves. And I can promise you, you are not alone, you are not a failure, and God will accomplish His purposes through you, and in your children.
And that’s why I offer you these pages. On my blog page you can read lessons I learned through the grit of raising children who suffered the loss of their biological mom (and dad). Though I share a few parenting tips along the way, I believe what we moms need more than anything is assurance that we are cherished by God, healed by His grace, sustained by His strength, empowered with His purposes, and led by His Word.
I’d love to have you peruse the pages here. In fact, I invite you to sign up to receive weekly blogs straight to your email. When you sign up you will also receive a free printable: The Nonbiological Mom’s Declaration. Print it, hang it, and when the need arises, declare the truths about who you are, who your children are, and who God is.
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I pray that in this quiet place, you will find hope and renewal in your crazy parenting world.
By His Grace,
Cheri Dee Johnson
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