A Mother’s Heart

Amy Monroe and a few other Tapestry moms share their desire to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength as they travel the ups and downs of the adoption journey.

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The Time-in: A Confession (and a Plan)

posted on July 16, 2013

I love this post from Colleen Dersken’s blog, Growing Pains, because she accommodated the time-in strategy to meet the needs of her family and she didn’t give up. Read on to see how she accomplished this: I have a confession…… Read More

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How Do I Play?

posted on July 9, 2013

When I think about play, I think about a child playing by herself. In May of 2008, Dr. Stuart Brown delivered a TED Talk titled, “Play is More than Fun.” At the beginning of his talk he contrasted a 15th-century…… Read More

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Webinar – Adoption from Both Sides

posted on July 2, 2013

On Wednesday, July 31, Christian Alliance for Orphans is hosting a webinar titled Adoption from Both Sides. The webinar will feature Carissa Woodwyk and Amy Monroe. The Christian Alliance for Orphans site describes the webinar this way: Listening to the…… Read More

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Stop that Noise!

posted on June 25, 2013

In our first home we had a carbon monoxide detector that plugged in to an outlet and was easily knocked out of the wall. When it was knocked out of the wall, it emitted a continuous obnoxious beep until it…… Read More

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How Do You Handle Boredom?

posted on June 18, 2013

Does the start of summer strike fear or dread in your heart? Are you overwhelmed with planning how to entertain your children? Do you scour Pinterest for new ideas? (Did we mention we are on Pinterest? You can follow us…… Read More

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Mom, do you think … ?

posted on June 11, 2013

My oldest daughter has a question, a personal question. She has asked me this question twice while I’m driving and she’s in the backseat, and she has phrased it the exact same way. She asked me the week before Mother’s…… Read More


The Wait

posted on May 28, 2013

When you embark on your adoption journey, I think you envision the end result more than the process – at least I did. But much of the process is waiting. Here are some posts with ideas on what to do…… Read More


Fear is poison. What is the antidote?

posted on May 14, 2013

Colleen Derksen is an Empowered to Connect trainer. She blogs regularly on her site Growing Pains, and she allowed us to share this post on fear, “Fear is poison. What is the antidote?”: A number of years ago I read…… Read More

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What Is That To You?

posted on May 7, 2013

I am a teacher, a special education teacher. I understand that each child is unique. I am an adoptive parent. I have been through Empowered to Connect Parent Training classes. I understand that there are different ways to relate to…… Read More

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Finding Home in Familiar Things

posted on April 30, 2013

We have put our kids through the wringer over the past week, and all things considered, they are doing awesome. We moved out of our old house and moved in with in-laws (Grammy and PaPaw) for a couple days, and…… Read More