Author Archive | Janelle Gregory

What Not to Say to Adoptive Parents

“Congrats!” “She’s beautiful!” “He looks just like his dad.” When a baby is born, we all know exactly what to say. If for some reason you were having trouble, just find the “New Baby” section in the card aisle at your local grocery store. Hallmark has multiple “right words” for new parents (plus, you’ll let […]

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HELLO my name i̶s̶ isn’t Mom

The doorbell rang. I took a deep breath before my husband and I answered it together. We opened it to a brown-eyed, speckled, ten-year-old boy in a Star Wars t-shirt. Next to him was his foster mom who said “Isaac, these are my friends, Brandon and Janelle. They’re going to watch you tonight while I’m […]

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Family Ceremony: A Covenant of Adoption

When I got married, a courthouse wedding never entered my mind; I wasn’t getting married for a legal document. Sure, it gives you certain privileges, but getting married meant so much more to me than a piece of paper. I wanted the ceremony, the vows, the celebration, the public statement that for better or for […]

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Wanted: A Place to Belong

I’m the middle child, halfway between my older sister and younger brother, all born to parents who have been married for over fifty years. I would describe my family life as normal – mostly good with bouts of dysfunction and chaos. Yet, while there were no white picket fences in my story, I always knew […]

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Thank You For Raising My Son

There are many people that will greatly influence the lives of your kids – teachers, neighbors, grandparents, etc. While all of those are important in my son’s life, the person that rises to the top isn’t among that list. No, the person who has meant the most to him was another one of his moms; […]

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Saving Soles: How to Shine Your Boots or Shoes

I know that there are four seasons in a year, but I’d suggest that we can narrow it down to two: sandals and boots. If you’re like me, you’ve recently pulled out your boots that haven’t been worn since sandal season began. It’s exciting, right?! That is, until you discover that they’re faded and all […]

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Balancing Lesson Plans with Life Lessons

Note: This post is the fourth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series next Tuesday! I’m not saying that I’m brilliant, but I hang around a lot of brilliant people – brilliant people with brilliant kids receiving brilliant awards in their brilliant activities and associations. So you can […]

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