About Us

Welcome to “Parenting That Heals”!
This is my new website, designed to help adoptive parents, or parents from children who have suffered from trauma, to navigate through family life and help their children and families to heal.
I pray that this site will be a blessing and encouragement to you.
It comes from my heart and is based upon our own family’s personal experiences.
I pray that this site will bring Honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our adoption journey began when we met a little girl in Foster Care.
She asked us to be her parents.   The short version is… we applied and several months later, she was in our home!

A little over a year later, we were happily minding our own business, when an email came about a little girl from Ukraine.  The agency that had assisted in bringing her over was trying to find a home for her, as the adoption was being disrupted.  She was 6 weeks shy of her 6th birthday.
We noticed our social worker’s name on that email, and contacted her.  She said, “I already had you in mind!”
And less than 1 week later, and a lot of fast and furious paperwork, our second sweetie came to us.
About 6 weeks after she came home, she started to talk about her best friend who was left behind in the orphanage.  About 11 months after our second sweetie came home, we brought her best friend home from Ukraine.
And then, we enjoyed our journey.
Almost 5 years later, we received a phone call.  There was another disruption, and our social worker wondered if we knew anybody, or if we might be interested.
This also was a disruption and the agency was trying to help find a home.
After much discussion and prayer in our family, we said yes.
I had to fly to NC and stay for 2 weeks so proper paperwork could go through between states, and adoption paperwork begun.

That was 2 1/2 years ago.
So, our sweeties are now 15, 14, 14 and 13.
We have learned so much about ourselves, trauma, adoption, how the brain is effected because of trauma, alcohol exposure, and disrupted relationship patterns.
There is hope and healing!  And our children are precious!  We want them to know their preciousness.

And our journey continues…… 🙂

5 Responses to About Us

  1. Catherine O. says:

    Thank you so much for this helpful website and for all the guidance you have given so many of us over the years -people you do not even know – as we try and guide our children on their journey toward healing.

    • ChristieM says:

      Aww, thanks Catherine!
      |When I was going over posts to put here, there is one called “An Important Message”. It has a link to psychology today, and I saw your picture there!
      I think it is your article! 🙂 Awesome article!

  2. Karen says:

    I love your new blog…it’s a great resource tool when I need something for other adoptive parents. 🙂

  3. Joy says:

    I’m so glad I found your new blog. I was looking for your old one and saw that it is now private. I think I’m set up to follow. 🙂

  4. kimbabucha says:

    I can’t wait to read all your older posts. What a blessing you are to our family!! Keep writing 🙂

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