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I was out with my 79 year old dad one night a few months ago, and he introduced me as "the youngest of my five children." There are only four of us kids. I chalked it up to old...
My family definitely loves adoption! My husband and I felt called to adoption from the very beginning of our marriage and it was overwhelming to see our prayers answered in the form of this precious life entrusted to us....
“Good afternoon Mrs. Archangel, we are wondering if you and your wife would be willing to care for a 4 month old African American male.” On an unpredictable November afternoon is when we received a call that would inevitably...
When you are 22 years old, fresh out of college and starting your new "adult" life, the last thing you want to hear from your doctor is "if you don't have a baby now, you probably won't have one...
We are forever thankful. As a same sex couple, we never imagined that we would be allowed to adopt children. We grew up in an era where that was never going to happen. We were judged simply because we...
Merriam Webster’s definition for adoption is “the act or process of adopting a child; the act or process of beginning to use something new or different; the act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something.” During my...
So, you want to have a baby. You try and for whatever million reasons it doesn’t work. But, you aren’t done yet ... you still want a baby. You think to yourself – what’s next? What are my options?...
Six years ago, my husband and I were accepted into the Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge adoption class. What an exciting start to a long journey that had actually started many, many years ago when I had met my...
“Where do babies come from?” is a question that triggers anxiety for many parents. While we all know the answer to this, there is no 100% fool-proof way to answer that question for your children. When you think about...
During the month of November as we give thanks for many blessings in our lives, we are also reminded that November is National Adoption Awareness month. As the Program Director of Adoption Services for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New...
A year and a half ago, I delivered our 3rd child into the world and I said I was done. After 2 c-sections, I did not want to have more children, but God had other plans. Doesn't he always?...
Changing Lives Through Foster Care When you see Kim and Kristyn Carver with their three young daughters, you probably wouldn’t guess their family came together a little differently than most. With three girls, you may notice an excess of pink...

All Moms Are Wonder Women

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Just recently, I went to a superhero themed birthday party for my best friend’s daughter. The party was adorable, complete with a Wonder Woman cake made by a friend, who is additionally, a mother. As my dear friend and I...
Ever since I was a young girl, I knew that one day I would adopt a child. That desire was never far from my heart. When I met my husband-to-be Brian in November of 1994, I asked him on our...