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Jail Is Not My Monkey

Jail Is Not My Monkey

We sat on the restaurant’s patio, lulled by an unusually cool, late-afternoon breeze. Friends drawn together ten years ago by the common experience of mothering adopted children. Over the years we’ve shared challenges and losses, blessings and wins. Even with our kids now all grown, some of these moms are still going through the wringer. One mom, near tears, relayed her heaviness. Her fear that her child might end up going to jail, again. Thinking she was alone in this…

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Was I a Racist in My Own Home?

Was I a Racist in My Own Home?

Do you see yourself as a racist? Probably not. You certainly hope not. Right? Me too. You know I’m probably going to say something like “we are more racist than we like to think.” Yep, I am. But then, if we’re honest, that’s no surprise. Don’t we all prefer to hang with people just like us? People who look, talk, and smell the ways we prefer. But that’s not really being racist, is it? The problem comes when we want…

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Family, the Beautiful

Family, the Beautiful

What comes to your mind when you think about Independence Day? I think about … The brave who’ve fought, and died, for our freedom; The stars and stripes swaying proudly at front doors; Sizzling hot dogs, watermelon drenched grins, and homemade ice cream; Parades, glow sticks, bug spray, and fireworks; And a kaleidoscope of people from sea to shining sea. We’ve so much to be grateful for. Don’t we? Abundant resources. Awe-striking landscapes. Amazing people. We’re not perfect. Not by…

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When You’re Really Not Being Helpful to Your Teen, and How to Fix It

When You’re Really Not Being Helpful to Your Teen, and How to Fix It

I’m so pleased to introduce you to brand new blogger, and veteran nonbio mom, LuAnn Kern. She’s currently in the middle of teenage messes with her two adoptive daughters. She writes clear and practical truths we can all employ. You’ll be encouraged by her words today. Head on over and check out her blog where she’s shares empowering insights. I did it again. My teenage daughter had been complaining for weeks, about some kids in her science class teasing her….

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