Adoptive Families Blog

Mother's Day Takes on the Meaning You Give It

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 11, 2018

My first Mother's Day was pretty exciting! There had been a lot of pain before that: I’d lost seven pregnancies, really wanted to become a mother, and had been waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. There were times we were thinking we were going to be parents and we weren't, and I always had some feelings around Mother's Day. I had a miscarriage a week before Mother's Day, which was really hard. And then I had another one ON Mother's Day. We were getting ready to go to church, and I knew I was losing the baby!

A lot of the time on Mother's Day, I just wanted to curl up in bed and forget the whole day because it can be really painful. I'm sure that some of the other adoptive moms out there might feel like that too. You’re around people (especially at church) who are celebrating moms. In the past, they’d have all the mothers at my church stand up, and that was really painful.

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Topics: Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, National Birth Mother's Day

Season's Blessings from Lifetime

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 22, 2017

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.
-Matthew 2:10

On behalf of all of us at Lifetime, Merry Christmas! It’s a blessing to be able to help you as you travel the path to adoption.

We’re hopeful that 2018 reveals the next step toward realizing your heart’s greatest desire, parenthood. Lifetime continues to pray for you as you wait, and understand that the holidays can be difficult during this time.

If you haven't gotten a chance to, make sure to get Lifetime's tips for coping with the holidays while you're in your adoption wait. You can get these tips in this piece from a few weeks ago: "In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips."

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas

In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 4, 2017

Family gatherings and Christmas traditions make this a fun, exciting time of year for most people. But for couples waiting for adoption, the holiday season might become a time of added pressure and disappointment. Loved ones mean well but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or seem insensitive.

A common question from hopeful parents waiting for a child is: "How do we get through the holidays?" Keep reading to get Lifetime’s advice for adoptive parents waiting to adopt this holiday season!

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Topics: Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Christmas, how to handle the adoption wait

Happy Labor Day!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 7, 2015

Lifetime Adoption would like to wish all of you a Happy Labor Day! We hope that you're enjoying the long weekend with your friends and family.

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Topics: Holidays, Adoption journey

The Alzheimer’s Miracle

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 29, 2012

Joni works in a retirement home. She specializes in leading fun activities and art projects for the residents: many of whom are late stage Alzheimer’s patients. She loves their joy and enthusiasm for her program.

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Topics: Adoption, Christian Adoption, Family, Holidays, Adopting a Baby

Deployed For the Holidays

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 28, 2012

Joanna Bright is a capable and personable woman. She coaches her son’s soccer team, mows the lawn, pays the bills and cooks dinner every night. She is quick to laugh and cover her son with kisses and hugs. If there is a leak in the sink, she fixes it without complaint. This amazing woman holds down a full time job as an accountant, on top of everything else. Is Joanna a single Mom? No! She is a military wife.

The day Joanna took her vow of marriage, she also agreed to serve her country in a very unique and crucial way. When her husband, Ty, was deployed overseas for the first time, Joanna truly understood. Joanna became a warrior in her own right. Military spouses fight a series of spiritual and emotional conflicts every day their spouse is away. It is a challenge not for the faint of heart.

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Military, Holidays, Adopting a Baby

Calorie Comparisons for your Favorite Drinks

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 27, 2012

This is the season for festive celebration and indulgence. You might tell yourself, “just one little treat won’t hurt me!” It is the second, third and fourth that create a problem! You should be aware of the caloric intake in your favorite holiday drinks. Just because it’s a liquid; it doesn’t mean it won’t help pile on five pounds by 2013. We have compiled a list of the yummiest seasonal drinks and their calorie content so you can plan accordingly.

  1. Starbucks tall Peppermint Mocha with whipped cream: 350 cal.
  2. Hot cider with cinnamon and orange peel (one cup): 120 cal.
  3. Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Grape (one cup): 120 cal.
  4. Hot Buttered Rum (one cup): 385 cal.
  5. Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice herbal tea: 0 cal.
  6. Eggnog with a shot of whiskey (one cup): 320 cal.
  7. Champagne (one 4oz. flute): 78 cal.
  8. Freshly squeezed orange juice: 112 cal.

Christmas, New Year’s and all the parties in between are not always the most convenient time to go on a diet. However, just by being aware, you might choose to indulge in just one glass of eggnog, instead of two. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers!

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Topics: General, Holidays

Spicy Artichoke Crostini

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 24, 2012

Discover the flavors of this hearty and spicy appetizer. This festive finger food can be ready in minutes and it will wow your guests. Try serving them at your next get together. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these decadent morsels disappear.

Ingredients

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Topics: Recipe, General, Holidays

The Christmas Puppy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 21, 2012

Joy comes from unexpected places. Joy is almost always unplanned. When we hurry, scurry, stress and micromanage, things never turn out to match the “fantasy” in our heads. The relationship, event, or experience that we have high expectations for, always seems to let us down.

We cannot make joy come into our lives; it just happens. The beautiful sunset surprises us. The baby smiles for the first time and grabs our finger. An old friend comes back into our lives in a surprising way. We receive an amazing gift we did not ask for or even know that we wanted, until it was in our hands. Joy came into our home this Christmas. It was as much unanticipated, as it was beautiful.

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Topics: Adoption, Christian Adoption, Family, Holidays, Adopting a Baby

Holiday Treasures

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2012

Years ago, my parents gave our family a lovely tin box. It was from Germany and had a hinged lid. It was large, trimmed in gold and had hand painted scenes on the top. There are colorful scenes of quaint German villages and skiers on a mountain. It seemed too special for everyday use, so we decided to turn it into our Christmas toy box.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, Holidays, Adopting a Baby