emily and heather

The last of the blog post drafts I wrote a couple months ago, when we started the adoption process… … A couple weeks ago, while out to dinner with two friends from social work school, I let the secret out. Or, well, they pulled it out of me. We were eating outside, and some other… Continue reading emily and heather

working, working

It’s weird to think I’ve already (almost) been at my job for a month. Where does time go, people? Overall, it’s been really great. I showed up and quickly figured out that the cases I’d be in charge of weren’t just foster families but foster families adopting their foster kids. I had originally looked for this kind… Continue reading working, working

why I blog

So, why do I blog? A few reasons… + I like writing, and now that I’ve headed away from journalism, I truly miss it. It’s therapeutic for me, and it’s part of that “self care” we learn is necessary to be in a helping profession. + I generally communicate far better in writing than I do verbally.… Continue reading why I blog

last day of grad school!

Today was the last day of two years of social work grad school classes. The last hour of my last class was spent talking about international adoption. Pretty fitting, considering international adoption is the interest that originally brought me to pursue a Master’s of social work. And when I reflect on all that has transpired… Continue reading last day of grad school!

I got a job!

Last might, my husband and I went out for pizza and a celebratory s’mores milkshake at one of our favorite places because we had reason for joy and celebration… I have a job! In about two weeks, I’ll begin training for a position that allows me to recruit, train, and license foster parents! I was… Continue reading I got a job!

24 in my 24th year

My birthday was on Tuesday. I’m not much for setting goals, but I am for being purposeful with my days. Here are 24 things I hope to accomplish in my 24th year of life… 1. Graduate + find a social work job I enjoy. I’m graduating in May with my Master’s in Social Work. I’ve heard the… Continue reading 24 in my 24th year

don’t adopt

Adoption is always on my heart. And yet again, Russell Moore puts into words what I would struggle to say. ‎”Those who see adoption as a warm, sentimental way of having a baby are mistaken and dangerous. There are far too many who plunge in without counsel, without a commitment to fidelity no matter what.

what would have been a deal-breaker

So, I’m going to this adoption forum at our old church on Friday night…, I told Dan about a month into our relationship. Can I go with you?, he asked. Um, YES!  We sat at a table with three couples from our new church, August Gate. We were probably the only unmarried couple there. And definitely… Continue reading what would have been a deal-breaker