Adoptive Families Blog

Who Are You Thankful For?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 16, 2012

The Christmas season is almost upon us. Soon the stores will be full of shoppers. The stress level will be up and everyone will be in a hurry to somewhere important. I am happy if I manage to send out my greeting cards on time and get gifts for family. Recognizing friends and other important people in our lives becomes a near impossibility. A new and fun tradition in our household is to take advantage of the lull before the storm!

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Family, General, Holidays

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 14, 2012

A few years ago my brother-in-law decided to tie-the-knot. He and his soon-to-be wife did not have a lot of money so they decided to forgo the wedding cake. At the time I thought wedding cake, how are they going to do that. Well, they asked for the help of family to make desserts for their special day and had a dessert bar instead. This is how I came upon the recipe for gooey pumpkin cheesecake bars, and I'm really glad I did and you will be too. This recipe is from one of my favorites, Paula Deen, so right there you know lots of butter and deliciousness. There are lots of variations on this recipe (so try your own), but this is what I found that works best for my family.

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Topics: Recipe, Family, General, Holidays

Muffins to Give Thanks For

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 13, 2012

These soft and rich muffins are called Thankful Muffins, because mothers everywhere are thankful that they are so simple to make! This recipe was given to me by a sweet mother of six (yes I said six) children. She brings these muffins as a contribution to many functions. These muffins are a favorite among parents and kids, alike. They taste as if they took an hour of slaving in the kitchen. If you don’t tell them, no one will ever know just how easy these are to make.

  • Mix one 14-oz can of Libby’s pumpkin with one package of boxed carrot cake mix and ½ 12-oz bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • It will be hard to mix at first. Keep stirring until well blended.
  • Spoon batter into lined muffin tins or greased mini muffin tins.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 360 degrees.
  • Check to see if done with a wooden skewer.
  • Thankful muffins are best when eaten within two days. I don’t think you will have any trouble making that happen. They are delicious, low-fat and healthy too.
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Topics: Recipe, Parenting, Family, General, Holidays

Educational Christmas Shopping

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 10, 2012

How many times have you shopped local toy stores at Christmas, only to find your kids have broken or thrown away half the gifts by February? Toys that look colorful and fun may have very little lasting value. Many foreign made toys are cheaply produced and break easily. Your kids are getting tired of the same old thing. Wouldn’t you like to find an alternative?

Some years ago, another mom told me to check out teacher supply stores for children’s gifts. I was wary, but agreed to give it a try. It was amazing to discover quality constructed items that were made to encourage the growth of little minds. The toys were fun and provided long lasting interest for my children. They make great birthday gifts, as well.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, General, Holidays

The Perfect Gift

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 9, 2012

Do you know someone who is hoping to adopt, but finances are holding them back? Are you and your spouse dreaming of parenthood, but struggle with the idea of raising the amount needed for adoption expenses? The costs for a typical adoption today can be prohibitively expensive. There is a solution!

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Adoption Tips, Fundraising, General, Economy, Holidays, Financial Assistance for Adoption

Creamy Fall Casserole

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 6, 2012

Most everyone knows about the popular green bean, Campbell’s soup casserole that Grandmothers serve on Thanksgiving! It brings to mind warm memories of joyous family get-togethers around a crackling fire. Children are running to and fro, while grownups talk quietly around the remains of dinner. This twist on a traditional favorite should get your kids to lick their plate! It is healthy and delicious too. This creamy casserole is easy to prepare and fulfills Mom’s requirements for “eat your vegetables!” Try this amazing dish at your next dinner party or family event. You will be pleasantly surprised at the reactions around the table.

Creamy Fall Casserole

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Topics: Recipe, Family, General, Holidays

Making Your Halloween a Safe One

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 30, 2012

No matter how you personally feel about Halloween, it is here to stay. Some schools have parades. Kids talk on the playground about costumes, candy and celebrations. There are Halloween themed shows on television and decorations on neighbor’s lawns.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, General, Holidays, Faith

Pumpkin Seed Spectacular

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 29, 2012

Have you made a trip to your local pumpkin patch, yet? It is a load of fun! The little ones get to pick out their own pumpkins in the field. Some places even offer bouncy house, crafts and food for sale. Some farms offer wagon rides and some have petting zoos. Check out your local parenting magazines and newspaper ads for the latest and greatest local offerings.

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Topics: Recipe, Family, General, Holidays

Educational Fall Recipe to Make With Kids

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 16, 2012

Recipe for Indian Acorn Cakes

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Topics: Recipe, Parenting, General, Holidays

Independence Day Freebie!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 3, 2012

*Limit one book per order. Book and bracelet shipped to same address. Purchase online anytime, or by phone Monday-Friday, closed 7/4: call (530) 432-7383 or visit
Offer expires July 13, 2012. Shipping not included in price of bracelet.
All proceeds from Adoption Prayer Bracelets go to the Lifetime Adoption Foundation.
Orders processed through American Carriage House Publishing.

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Holidays, Adoption Book