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When Expectations Meet Reality

posted on June 16, 2021

When our expectations are unmet we find ourselves at a crossroads in our parenting. We can continue down the same road of frustration and chaos, or we can reexamine our expectations and lean into the hard places of parenting kids who have experienced trauma. We can shift our expecatations and perspectives in order to better love, serve, and guide our children in the right direction.… Read More

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Summer Connection

posted on May 25, 2021

Summer is almost here! Does this phrase leave you excited for the family time or dreading the thought of everyone home under the same roof? Maybe you are remembering past summer groans of ‘I’m bored!’ or ‘She won’t leave me…… Read More

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Supporting Families

posted on May 18, 2021

Some adoptive, foster, and kinship families experience a lot of support at the beginning of their journey. But what most people don’t realize is that they need support throughout their parenting journey. Even when they take their 23rd placement or…… Read More

Navigating Relationships with Biological Family: A Conversation with Kayla & Ryan North

posted on April 22, 2021

Kayla North, Tapestry,'s Executive Director and her husband, Ryan talk with us today about navigating relationships with biological family. They are experienced adoptive parents and former foster parents who have built and maintained relationships with their children's biological family. Listen, enjoy, and learn from this experienced couple!… Read More

Never Say Never When Searching for Birth Family

posted on April 19, 2021

I thought I’d never find them--the paternal side of my birth family, that is. Retha and Mike, my parents through adoption, shared what they knew. I still remember sitting with them at about age two on the couch made of tiny french green knots. Without a doubt, in the era of closed adoptions, they were miles ahead in openness. “Your birth father was an executive at GM and your birth mother was his secretary.”… Read More

7 Ways to Love Biological Families

posted on April 12, 2021

When we choose to foster or adopt, we are choosing to honor, respect, and love our children's biological families. In doing so, we show the love of Christ to biological families in simple, tangible ways. This not only shows them love, it also includes them in the raising of their children, offering them the opportunity to have a relationship with their children.… Read More

Trauma Impacts the Whole Family: An Interview with Lisa Qualls

posted on March 29, 2021

In this interview, Lisa Qualls, writer of The Connected Parent and at One Thankful Mom, shares how trauma has impacted her and her family. In this interview, Lisa shares ways that she has experienced trauma as a birth mom, ways her family has experienced trauma because of adoption, and how she has experienced hope and healing through it all.… Read More

Loneliness in Foster Care & Adoption

posted on February 8, 2021

Fortunately, I didn't have any friends telling me how horrible I am and what poor choices I made (I have really amazing friends and family), but I did feel incredibly lonely and isolated in the middle of a really hard season. In The Bible Recap podcast about this portion of Scripture, Tara Leigh-Cobble said, "It's hard to feel alone in your pain. But it's even harder to feel unknown in your pain." So while I didn't experience the mockery that Job experienced from his friends, I did experience the aloneness and unknownness of suddenly raising a teenager and pre-teen who have experienced trauma in my late twenties as a first-time parent.… Read More

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A Three-Point Plan for Parenting Middle Schoolers

posted on November 29, 2020

This guest post is from Lisa Qualls at One Thankful Mom, one of the 2020 Tapestry Conference featured speakers. Learn more about this year’s conference & register for the REPLAY today! Do you have middle schoolers? Are you wondering how…… Read More

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Reframing Behavior

posted on July 24, 2020

Parenting is not an easy job. We are responsible for training and shaping the next generation. That task weighs heavy on me some days. Other days I find myself managing behaviors and not sure that I am doing anything of…… Read More


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