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The Best Way to Honor St. Valentine

February 14th—Valentine’s Day—is most often associated with love, flowers, cards and of course, those delicious heart-shaped-message candies. While we all love to indulge in the love spread around on Valentine’s Day, do we understand the history behind it? Or better yet, do we celebrate in such a way to honor the history behind it?
 

Newer and Deeper Motivation

Every year I set myself the same goal – complete more placements than the prior year.
 
I’ll be honest, I am very driven and competitive when it comes to anything in life and that includes work, so it’s only natural that every year I want the most placements as well. It is also the most rewarding job you can have and the best feeling to know that you created so many families. 
 

A Day in the Life of the Adoptive Parent Coordinator

5:30 am- alarm goes off- snooze button hit multiple times…

6: 00 am- 2nd alarm goes off- snooze button hit multiple times….

6:25 am- 3rd alarm goes off- finally drag self out of bed- This is exciting getting to sleep in as my high-schooler is on winter break, so I don’t have to get up and take him to school!!

7:55 am- email from the owner about the website issue

8:08 am- drag self out of the house with coffee in hand to head to work

9:00 am- arrive at the office and start drinking coffee that was brought from home and fix the website

A Few Snuggles in The In-between

Being so new to the agency, I thought picking my favorite adoption story would be difficult since I have only seen a handful completed and been hands-on with even less.
 
But there was one baby that I definitely grew attached to, baby Blair. Blair was born at 24 weeks gestation. Once her birth mother signed her consent, she was in the NICU all alone with just the nurses and staff visiting her occasionally.
 

Self Care in the New Year

My New Year’s Resolution is better self-care (honestly, I started this year wanting to leave the office at 5 pm every day – with exception of a stork drop or consents).  My first day back to work from the new year was yesterday and I left the office at 5:57 pm, so yeah, that didn’t last long.  LOL!!  So I have decided to change my outlook and instead of “better self-care by leaving at 5 pm,” I am going with “Better self-care - 50 Ways to Love Yourself.”
 

A December of Birthdays

I was born on the 15th of December. I am one of several December Birthdays here at Heart of Adoptions. We have December babies among our attorneys, caseworkers, support staff, and at different offices.

I’m often asked what it’s like to have my Birthday so close to Christmas.  In truth, it has its ups and downs.

A Holiday of Miracles

December is a month of holiday cheer.  It can be a stressful month with all the extra demands we put upon ourselves to create the perfect holiday memories.  In doing my own holiday errands and planning this weekend I had some time to reflect on what is fueling me this year.

A Time of Celebrating and Giving

December is a time for gift giving. It’s a time for remembering what is important and thanking those in our life that we value.

It is a unique time for Heart of Adoptions because we are coming straight out of National Adoption Month. And in November, we have already done so much to celebrate what we value.

Here are some examples of just a few things we do during November. We cover our building in hearts with the names of our adopted kiddos.

 

A Great Friday for Forever Families

In the last three weeks, I have high-fived a stormtrooper, been startled by a six-foot-tall thunder bug and had my face painted. What carnival have I been frequenting you ask, oh, just your local county courthouses.

On three separate Fridays, I have been in three county courthouses celebrating Adoption Day ceremonies.

 

Two Very Brave Girls

Heart of Adoptions Alliance is fortunate to have many loving families that are open to welcoming children into their home that have medical challenges.  
 
During National Adoption Month, we like to feature one or two of these families to be among the official recipients of St. Frances funds. 
 
Matthew and Andrew and Alec and Bart are our families this year. They each adopted a special little girl.  Both girls were born about 16 weeks early, and are strong, brave, and beautiful. Their names are Carey Hill and Charlotte. 
 

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