Hello new friend, I am Christine and I am so thankful that you are here!
A lot of us moms wear many different “hats” so I thought I would tell you what mine are. I am a Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur, Foster and Adoption Advocate, retired Homeschooler and thriving only because of Jesus and a lot of coffee!
I have been married to my husband, David for almost 20 years. We are parents to 4 teenagers, 2 of which joined our family through adoption from foster care. We have 2 biological sons and 2 adopted daughters. Our youngest daughter joined our family as a foster child at 18 months old. Our oldest and second daughter, came to our home at 4 years old. We also have fur-children, both Labradoodles, Daisy and Chewbacca.
Adoption, foster care and being foster parents were never part of our family plan or conversations when we talked about children. After both of our boys were born and we wanted to have a daughter, we found out this was not a healthy option for me. At the age of 24, my husband and I began to explore international and domestic adoption. I could have never imagined that 10 years later, we would have had 77 children walk through our front door and adopted 2. I also spent several of these years participating on various committees, state organizations, many task forces and specifically focused on foster care reform. Helping foster and adoptive parents navigate this complicated system with transparency was and is my highest priority.
After a decade of fostering behind us and a lot of hindsight, there are so many things I wish I could rewrite or even find a time machine and go back to savor all the moments I missed. Since that isn’t possible, I am hoping to make your road a little less bumpy by sharing my mistakes with you so you can avoid them for yourself.
I have also found a lot of perspective, fear, isolation and grief that I never knew existed or experienced before leaving the foster care world. I began documenting my journey with my daughters hoping that it would begin to bring awareness to Developmental Trauma and children who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. In doing this, I found a very large tribe of Moms, Dads and families who live in this world each day!
You may even question why I choose to share this journey of my daughters with you and be so transparent? I spent a lot of time thinking about this as well, but I ultimately decided that we need to shine light into the darkness. My girls are not permanently broken. They are on a path to healing and this is our story of victory!
I look forward to sharing and connecting with you!