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You Know You're An Adoptive Family When...

  • your child's new therapist scares the snot out of her... and you love him for it, and know you've finally found the right guy.
  • you daydream about how to add rooms or re-partition space in your small home to make room for more children.
  • for that matter, you wonder if there's someone who could retro-fit your van with another bench seat instead of the 2 seperate ones in the middle row, to make room for just one more child...
  • you have to remind yourself to let out of town friends and family members know how many kids you currently have, in case they missed a coming or a going.
  • you have to explain why the birthparents they love aren't on their "Safe-Side Adults" list.
  • you overhear your newest children talking in the bathroom, debating about whether they like this home better, or a previous one.
  • you tell your son he's your favorite black-haired 8 year old (since you also have a blonde 8-year old), and he replies with "And you're ONE OF my favorite moms."
  • your children see an advertisement with a baby in it and ask if we can "get that one."
  • your children ask to "keep" the babysitter.

Foster & Adoptive Placements

  • K (3 days - 9 months old)
    Picked up from the hospital 10/1/10, everything was going well, and we thought we'd get to adopt her... but then the state moved her to the adoptive home of the older brother she'd never met. We were positively crushed to lose her. (9 months)
  • **Gideon (7) and Malaika (5)
    Placed July 13, 2009 for adoption. A relative came forward and they were removed from our home Sept 26, 2009. Returned April 18, 2010. Adoption Finalized September 20, 2010!
  • L (11 days old)
    September 15-16, 2010 (2 days)
  • S (3 1/2)
    January 2010 (2 days)
  • C (6 months)
    December 2nd-23rd, 2009. (3 weeks)
  • C (8) & J (5)
    March 20th-22nd, 2009. (3 days.)
  • T (2) and A (13 months)
    February 2009 (3 days) Update: adopted by a family in Eastern Washington
  • R (1-2)
    February 4, 2009 - February 17, 2010. (1 year). Native child - tribe wouldn't allow adoption. Moved to a long-term foster home.
  • S (age 10)
    New Year's Eve 2008 (6 days) Update: being adopted by a co-worker of Brian's!
  • J (6) & S (2.5)
    December 2008 (6 days)
  • **Hallie (3 weeks)
    Placed August 2003 - Adoption Finalized December 2004
  • **Sam (13 months)
    Placed August 2002 - Finalized Adoption May 2003
  • J (7) & F (18 mo)
    Father's Day Weekend 2002 (4 days)

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I was also hesitant about this product at first. But I learned so much and I am very thankful! The biggest thing to me is how I've been teaching drawing rather than handwriting b/c that's what happens when you pass out the "trace over these models" handwriting books. You are teaching drawing, not training the muscle memory to actually write legibly!


This is what we use. I chose this program for the sole reason that the handwriting is pretty. I can't say the same for many other handwriting programs I looked at. My only complaint is that it is so teacher-intensive, too. :) But I'm happy to keep at it because of the results!

Great review!


Not at all silly, Mama. We reviewed the cursive program and found the same thing. The kids preferred it to their workbook approach... so we're sticking with it... even though I have already purchased their "old" curriculum for this year. Wish we had received this product to review just a few weeks earlier so I could have saved myself the trouble! Well, at least now I'm convinced we'll be using the right program for us! Nice review!


I stopped by to see your Peterson Review, just randomly clicking on links on the TOS blog... and then I caught a glimpse of your comment above on adoption, and I've spent the last hour perusing your posts on your foster children and adoption. Adoption is something that has been on my heart for many years now. My husband is warming to the idea more and more. Our boys have been saying they're ready to adopt their brothers and sisters for at least a couple of years. Anyway, for a long time, I was thinking we would do international adoption, but something has stopped me each time we started to move forward. It just didn't feel like it was the way we were supposed to be headed. I wonder if you would be willing to talk with me personally on your experiences with fostering for adoption: how you knew this was the way for you, how you started out, things you wish someone had told you up front, things you've learned. I know you are very busy, but I just can't help thinking the Lord led me to click on your link for a reason. Thank you for your time, even if it's to decide you don't really have the time.

God bless you and your family,
Jennifer jesmcq at hotmail dot com

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