You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent #AdoptUSKids

Did you know there are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption.  Some of them have come through our family. My sister-in-law and her husband have fostered so many children we’ve lost count – we’ve been so blessed to meet several of them on various family vacations and visits. Its so fun to look back at pictures and remember the little faces of these sweet children!

And we have two little nieces – sisters – who have been adopted! Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council work together to spread the word encouraging foster care and adoption. Since the launch of their initial campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.

We want to spread the word about the importance of foster care and adoption. Have you considered fostering or adopting? Consider giving the gift of family to a child – or a set of siblings – this coming year.
Remember – you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent to some kids in need!

For more info, visit AdoptUSKids.org.

Happy Shelter Pet Day

Of all the pets in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Can you believe how low that number is?

Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home.

Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year. The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund® and the Ad Council, hopes to encourage these prospective pet owners to adopt shelter and rescue pets.

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We adopted our dog, Winston, last year and it was one of the best decisions we ever made for our family! Winston has brought so much joy into our house and he is just a doll. It breaks my heart when I think about him being homeless and abandoned… He’s just the sweetest dog we’ve ever met!

My boys

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disclosure: this is part of a non-profit campaign with the Ad Council. we were not compensated for supporting this important cause.

in which i love my boys…

Colin comes home from school every day to see someone waiting eagerly at the door.

He gives Winston a big hug, then typically takes a little time to wind down from the day with a book or his Kindle. And sneak in some cuddle time…

The cuteness. I can hardly take it.

 

 

September Preparedness Month – Here NOW #NatlPrep

Ready.gov

We love to travel which means checking the weather anywhere we are going! This month is September Preparedness Month by Ready.gov who is offering a number of resources that are extremely helpful in case of a natural disaster. Here are a couple for your reference. o   Learn how to create evacuation and emergency communication plans o   […]

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in which we start school

Where, o where is the school bus? 25 minutes late... Perhaps we should just walk...

Where, o where is the school bus? 25 minutes late… Perhaps we should just walk…

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in which we get in some family time

Can I go back now? Pretty please???

Can I go back now? Pretty please??? #reentryishard #atcindr

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EA Events Social Suite at Blogger Bash

Last week, I spent two lovely days at Blogger Bash. I heard inspiring bloggers making the world a better place at the Bloganthropy Awards, tried out the hottest toys of the year at Sweet Suite, got spoiled left and right by this incredible event and spent time with some really remarkable women. One of the highlights […]

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in which we finally hit block island

When your face is a mess of sand, ice cream and who knows what else... It's been a good day

When your face is a mess of sand, ice cream and who knows what else… It’s been a good day. #bi

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in which its FINALLY summer

No more pencils, no more books....

No more pencils, no more books….

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in which we go to our first revolution game

Our first game! Great seats!!

Our first #NERevs game! Great seats!!

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