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when family doesn’t cheer

Posted By: niki Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: March 24th, 2017

Our first adopted child joined us as the fourth child in our family.  When we told our parents/siblings we were adopting, there were questions and doubts.  Many had a story of someone who had adopted a child who ruined their life, was a “black seed”….(oh my word)……and we had to stand firm and with conviction tell our family that our decision to adopt came from a call from the Lord and a long season of prayer and discussion…….. Continue Reading

REMINDER: Registration Deadline Approaching — Empowered to Connect Simulcast

Posted By: sherri Posted In: Katelyn's Fund Events, Resources, Supporting Adoptive Families Date Posted: March 24th, 2017

Join us for the Empowered to Connect Conference Live Simulcast

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8

8:30am – 5:00pm (both days)

First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa

Register to attend by March 30: http://www.katelynsfund.org/community/events/empowertoconnect

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Hope in God

Posted By: Randi Posted In: Faith, General Parenting Date Posted: March 24th, 2017

We are not born with a gentle and quiet spirit. Our parents don’t give it to us. We can’t take a class, wear a patch, or resolve ourselves to have one. Perhaps more frustrating than this, it isn’t something we can give our children. Continue Reading

Empowered to Connect Simulcast

Posted By: sherri Posted In: Resources, Supporting Adoptive Families Date Posted: March 22nd, 2017

Join us for the Empowered to Connect Conference Live Simulcast

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8

8:30am – 5:00pm (both days)

First Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa

Register to attend by March 30: http://www.katelynsfund.org/community/events/empowertoconnect

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A School Pep Talk for Parents

Posted By: laura Posted In: School Date Posted: March 20th, 2017
How is school going for you near the end of the year? I don’t know about you, but this time of year is difficult for me. In the interest of full disclosure, by this time of year, I am embarrassed by my own school mom failures. I am embarrassed that my child doesn’t always have her homework done. I hate that my child doesn’t always study for her spelling tests. I wish my child was never in the wrong when there’s the inevitable fifth grade girl drama. This is the time of year when I cringe when I see an unexpected email from my child’s teacher or see the school number on my missed call list. I don’t want to attend spring parent teachers conferences. I know that I should be doing more and better as a school mom. I am beginning to long for summer.

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sometimes, things get better.

Posted By: niki Posted In: Adoption Musings Date Posted: March 18th, 2017

The other day, I was working on my daughter’s hair, marveling at her ability to sit still and tolerate the pulling and tugging without screaming, melting down and fighting me.  I was thinking back to how well she tolerated change in plans over the weekend when we were travelling and in a hotel…..and when the answer was “no” there was only a pouty face for a minute and then an ability to accept that “no” and move on.  Whoa.   Continue Reading

Weary but not discouraged

Posted By: Teresa Posted In: Faith Date Posted: March 16th, 2017

I’m tired, I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left
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Teaching Tuesdays

Posted By: sherri Posted In: Teaching Tuesdays Date Posted: March 14th, 2017

Adoption from Both Sides

Listening to the story and voice and heart of others is an essential part of building authentic relationships. Join Amy Monroe (adoptive mom) and Carissa Woodwyk (adult adoptee) as they share their experiences and insights related to the adoption journey – from two different angles, with two different perspectives – both voices important, both stories needed.

 

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March Adoption Support Meeting [Sioux Falls]

Posted By: Heather Posted In: Support Meetings Date Posted: March 8th, 2017

All adoptive, foster, and SAFE families mothers are welcome to join us in

Sioux Falls on Tuesday, March 21 for our Mama’s Night Out!

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Testimony Tuesday

Posted By: sherri Posted In: Testimony Tuesday Date Posted: March 7th, 2017

Robert & Amy Reynolds family

Children: Kellen (5), Caleb (5), Norah (3) and Owen (3)

Church: Sojourn Church, Boise, Idaho


We officially started our second adoption journey in June 2015 after much prayer and discussion. Our oldest son was adopted domestically as a newborn. We did not feel financially “ready” to adopt again at all, but we definitely felt that God was leading us to start the process, and that He would provide a way. We had a lot of support from friends and family, but the cost was still overwhelming at times. But God proved faithful, as always, and we were able to travel just a year later, in June 2016, to bring home our sweet son from China. The grant we received from Katelyn’s Fund was such a blessing! It was a relief to have some of the financial burden lifted so we could focus more on our family and meeting Owen’s immediate medical needs when we arrived home. Owen is a happy, sweet, active little guy, and he fits right into our family. We celebrated his 3rd birthday just a few days after coming home. We are still all adjusting to our new normal, but we will never regret saying “Yes” to God’s call to care for orphans, and to Owen in particular. He is a joy and a light in our lives! Thank you, Katelyn’s Fund, for helping us to bring him home!