Welcome to Adoption Counts–we hope to be hearing from you soon. Please be liberal in your commenting–we welcome questions especially.
If you are new here, your first order of business should be to scroll to the very, very, very top right of this page and look for a teeny tiny little link that says “register”. Click on that microscopic word to register for this blog. Go ahead and do that now so you won’t miss any of the posts about hands on curriculum, adoption news that shouldn’t be overlooked, new books every adoptive home schooler should read, or just the latest news about our escape artist horse, Aiden. Go ahead, register now and you can read the rest in a minute–we’ll wait…
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Okey dokey. Now, a smidgen of information about us, this blog, and the stuff we offer. First, I do most of the writing around here but occasionally you may hear from my hubby of 17 years, Tim. He likes to give advice to dads now and then and that can be really helpful. Secondly, you should know that the picture you see of the three adorable children isn’t a set of neighbor kids we borrowed from down the block (although neighbor kids do show up in our pictures once in a while…) they are actually our children. The oldest is 14–Ezra, then there is the 12 year old–Gabriel, and finally the Rose between two cute thorns, Rosie–11 and affectionately called “Wilamina Rose Petal” around our house.
At this point many people may tell you about their pets in specific terms–you know, names, ages etc… I will spare you since we have 15 chickens, 4 horses, 8 rabbits, and 3 cats. Many of these animals do, in fact, have names but I respect your time.
What do we do here? That is a fabulous question. We write articles about learning issues, attachment issues, behavior problems and what to do about them, and also tell true tales of life on our little six acre farm.
Two of our three children are adopted from foster care and did sincerely have severe and aggressive behaviors when they moved in. I’ll let you guess about which ones are adopted, that isn’t really important. What is important is that we have walked in the shoes of those of you who are longing to have a peaceful house. We have endured the LONG tantrums, screaming fits, violence, and fearful nights associated with trauma. We know what it is like to skip the subjects of reading and math for nearly 18 months just so we could build a relationship with our children and the trust it would take for them to allow us to teach them the hard stuff.
Our mission on this blog is to encourage you if you are already on the journey of adoption and to prepare you if you haven’t jumped in just yet. We do have an e-book that gives a more detailed picture of our journey if you are interested. Click on the page labeled “Our Book” to order it.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “register” so you get all our insight about life as an adoptive homeschooling parent. You won’t be disappointed!