Five Phases of Infertility

by Adena and Amy When I was young, oh, I had plans. I was going to have six kids: three boys, three girls, each two years apart. I even had names picked out. I was going to be a stay-at-home mom and love every second of it, have the most organized house, cook the best meals and I even had a long list of things I would never do as a parent. Well, life doesn’t always go quite according to plan, does it? Let’s take a look at my list and count how many of those things actually happened. Le...
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Dealing with Infertility and Childlessness

One in every six couples will never be able to conceive a child. This can be a very painful realization for a couple who has dreamed of having offspring. The Family: A Proclamation to the World says, "We declare that God's commandment for his children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force." Although some couples are not biologically able to become parents, they can become parents in every other sense of the word. The Hurt of Childlessness Couples who are not able to have ...
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Family Strengths: Community and Family Ties

Strong families are connected to others in the community. They don't stand alone. You will find such families closely involved with extended families and friends, schools, churches, and local organizations that promote the well-being of individuals and communities, and help develop and educate their children. While connections with extended family and friends are always important, their support is often critical in times of great need. For example, one family lost their father in an auto-...
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Will I Love My Biological Child and My Adopted Children Equally?

Anonymous The biggest shock of my life came the moment I saw the word “pregnant” on my pregnancy test. My husband and I had already adopted two wonderful children and we were just about to submit our papers to adopt another. As part of that process, I took one last pregnancy test. After seeing so many “not pregnant” results, I thought the test was malfunctioning and had to take another before I believed it. We contacted the adoption agency and told them to put our application on hold, but ...
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Blending Families – Part 2 – Adjustment

This is a continuation of the interview with Jeff Hill on how he and his wife, Tammy, blended their two families.  Part 1 is here. Q. What did/do Tammy’s kids call you? We made sure that we didn’t insist on anything. Some would call me Jeff. The period of time has come now that all of the children call me “Dad,” and all of the children call Tammy, “Mom.” All of them. There is a cute story about my son, Seth, the youngest one. He had always called Tammy, “Tammy.” Tammy is very good a...
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Blending Families – Part 1 – Remarriage

In this interview, Professor E. Jeffrey Hill dives into the topic of blended families - a topic he knows a lot about. A professor of Family Life by trade, Jeff Hill shares his life experience of dealing with the death of his wife, remarrying, and blending two families together. Our favorite tips from this interview include having realistic expectations, making-out in the mud-room, and remembering that blending families is never comfortable, but worth it. Q. What is your background story? ...
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