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Ashley Christian

What should I tell my adopted child about their past?

What should I tell my adopted child about their past?

One of my adopted kids said to me once “I feel a big hole inside me. My adoption effects me every day. Even when other people don’t notice and everything is normal, my adoption effects me. I will always feel this way. I’m mad at my birth mom for what she did, but there is […]

6 reasons why your mistakes make you the perfect foster or adoptive parent:

6 reasons why your mistakes make you the perfect foster or adoptive parent:

When my twins were five, our extended season of crisis came to a slow and terrible climax. I was working a side business like my life depended on it, weakly attempting to homeschool five kids, and struggling through several meltdowns per hour from my girls.  I was exhausted all the time and felt stuck and […]

Stop controlling your foster (or adopted) kid. What to do instead. (Shocked me too!)

Stop controlling your foster (or adopted) kid. What to do instead. (Shocked me too!)

I like reading directions before diving into a project. My husband is more of a start now and check the directions when you get stuck kind of person.  I once built a twelve-foot-long farmhouse table and two long benches out of reclaimed wood for our extra-long dining room. We can comfortably fit sixteen around it […]

When you loose friends over foster care and adoption.

When you loose friends over foster care and adoption.

If you’ve ever felt God calling you to something uncomfortable, big, and more out of the box than your current life you will experience something unexpected. People, God’s people, won’t always understand. Some people will drift away while others draw near, and it won’t always play-out the way you had anticipated.   It’s safe to say […]

“God met me” – a story of infertility and adoption

“God met me” – a story of infertility and adoption

Guest post with Shannon Linton “Parenthood was a hard-fought road for me. After a couple of harrowing diagnoses, my dreams of becoming a mom began to unravel. Not only would we not be able to have biological kids, but we’d also be facing life with unexpected challenges.  Determined to pick up the pieces, we shifted […]

The foster + adoptive parent’s guide to peaceful days.

The foster + adoptive parent’s guide to peaceful days.

If you expected an article about how to make your kids behavior better so you could have peaceful days, you might be surprised but what I have to say. I am a mom of five children through birth, foster care, and adoption, and have several special needs children including one with autism and frequent meltdowns. […]

Probiotics + the brain. What adoptive parents need to know.

Probiotics + the brain. What adoptive parents need to know.

The first thing foster and adoptive parents need to know about probiotics and your child’s brain, is that you can’t cure their behavior or mood problems. It’s important we start out not trying to fix our kids so we can feel better. When our happiness is built on a solid foundation of faith and acceptance […]