Guest Blog: COPE24…Changing Our Parenting Experience

I love stories. Whether it’s a good book, a good movie, or a strangers. We all have a story. I believe it’s the DNA to understanding what makes up an individual. Without it, who would you be? 

I have the pleasure of hosting this guest blogger’s story. It’s comforting to know that we all are connected in some way or another. We all have lived a not so ordinary life. So why not tell it? I’m not gonna spoil any of it for you.  Continue reading “Guest Blog: COPE24…Changing Our Parenting Experience”

From Foster Care To The Big Four: No Ordinary Liz’s Story

I truly believe that your life is already planned out for you before you are born.  Each of us are unique in our own way and we all have our own reasons as to why we are placed in each other’s lives strategically.  I’ve come to believe that people travel in and out of your lives for a certain reasons.  You may not know at the time, but there’s always a purpose for it.  PURPOSE…now there’s a word that was my shadow for years.  YEARS…I was questioning…WHO AM I?!?! Continue reading “From Foster Care To The Big Four: No Ordinary Liz’s Story”

Treat the “MOTHER” in your Life to a SUNDAY FUN-DAY with the help of OpenTable!

Sunday, May 10th is a BIG holiday for everyone!  We will be honoring all the MOTHERS around the world for all the greatness they exemplify, while we have the ONE day we celebrate MOTHERS, I believe this should be done EVERY DAY.  As a child growing up and through my teens, I used to cringe at the word “mom” or “mother” because I never had a like figure in my life.  I always thought that a “mom” was just that, a “mom.”  Well I was wrong.  When I entered the foster care system, I began searching for someone, anyone to be my like figure.  They say that a mother is someone who leads by example, nurtures you, and will always be there to guide you.  Well I was on the hunt, looking for my “example.”  As I was bouncing around from home to home, school to school, group home to group home, I wasn’t finding it, seeing it or feeling it in anyone that I had come in contact with.  What was wrong with me? It wasn’t until I turned 18, aged out and was on my own, that I realized the word.  I didn’t just find one “example” I had found multiple.  For me, I don’t call them “mom” or “mother”, I refer to them as my GUARDIAN ANGELS!  I witness my sister becoming a new “mom” a couple of weeks ago and it wasn’t until then that I truly discovered the true meaning of a MOTHER.  Watching her with my BEAUTIFUL new niece is the sweetest thing EVER! Continue reading “Treat the “MOTHER” in your Life to a SUNDAY FUN-DAY with the help of OpenTable!”

Wanna Help? IPAD Mini Raffle to Benefit “BabySanchez” Adoption

WOW, where does the time go?  I can’t believe that it is already August… ALMOST.  I don’t know if you remember, but back in April, I posted a blog introducing Chosen Marathon and a  friend of a “friend”, named Sandra who is in the process of expanding her family and adopting.  At the time, I didn’t really know the Sanchez family until recently when I had the honor of sitting with them over dinner.  I got to sit with them and learn about who they were and why they were looking to extend their family.  I can now say that we are no longer acquaintances, but now friends.  I wanted to help Dean and Sandra share their story in hopes of gaining support, runners and guidance.  Below, I have included part of Sandra’s story.  If you are compelled and moved to want to help this family in any way, we are hosting a raffle to win an IPAD mini. Details will be below.  Continue reading “Wanna Help? IPAD Mini Raffle to Benefit “BabySanchez” Adoption”

Adoption, Chosen Marathon & BabySanchez2014

In life, we always RUN across things that make us question why things happen they way they do. Some things are good, some things are bad.   We will sit and ponder on it for days until it simple drives us crazy.  Trust ME, I know your sitting there, nodding your head because you agree with me.  Some of us have a life that we wanted, some of us have a life that we didn’t want, some of us have a life that someone CHOSE for us, and then, some of us have a life that, well, we CREATED on our own and that is what I did.  You see, I was an orphan, who grew up in multiple foster homes in the foster care system.  In short, I didn’t have parents that could easily terminate their rights (TPR) for me to get adopted.  So I came across A LOT of STRANGERS very quickly in my lifetime.  BUT that is another blog :).  I wanted to introduce to you CHOSEN… It is an upcoming 1/2 or full marathon for ADOPTION.   You could run for a child who doesn’t have to be introduced to A LOT of STRANGERS like myself.  You could RUN for them and provide a chance for a loving home, a warm bed, loving family and simply LOVE… Continue reading “Adoption, Chosen Marathon & BabySanchez2014”