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Excited to be hosting the Empowered to Connect Conference this April 2019!
Message for registration link!

#empoweredtoconnect #ETC2019 #TBRI @showhope @empoweredtoconnect #traumainformedparenting #fostercare #adoption #allparents #socialwork


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I guess we could all use a little more play in our lives. Our brains just love it!
I'm such a Dr. Purvis fan!
#play #grow #memory #empoweredtoconnect #pauserenewnext


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@johnson1cor1031 and the kids have been outside in the snow all afternoon! They just came up from shoveling off some of the lake. #winterwonderland #empoweredtoconnect #familytime #happynewyear


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Here’s to more writing and reading and cooking and singing and trusting and making and glowing and growing and going and doing and loving


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We have two #EmpoweredToConnect locations starting this January! Be sure to register and secure your place at the table! #takeaction http://ow.ly/FwYJ30n94Of


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Step out of your bubble and hang out with the less fortunate. Thanks to my buddy Sven who showed me around in a world so far unkown to me. #volunteers #voedselbedeling #armentekort #eububble #operatiethermos #vrijwilligers #volontaires #mivb #daklozen #charity #brussels #empoweredtoconnect #buddy


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Crying because the sky does not look like this today


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Happy quarter birthday to me ✨


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Holidays are particularly rough for kids from hard places. When they struggle, don't let it overshadow the gift that they are ❤️ Behavior is communication where words cannot be found. #mobmomma #fosterthefuture #fostercare #letsdothis #empoweredtoconnect #fortheloveofCHRIST #ForTheMany #KingdomHearts


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Powerful Healing Weekend For Families Raising Kids With Trauma & Attachment Issues
Family Challenge Camp Jan 25-27, 2019
familychallengecamps.com


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~ s a f e ~

We talk a lot around here about trauma informed care. In a nutshell, it means we are committed to building spaces and relationships that heal hurt kids from the inside out.
Our promise:
• Creating a safe environment
• Supporting AND teaching emotional regulation
• Building relationships and connectedness

#wednesdays
#traumainformedschools
#tbri #empoweredtoconnect #loveonechild #healing #everychildalways #ally


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#Empoweredtoconnect class starts this January! Space for this class is limited and registration required! http://ow.ly/X7VQ30mVyHl Jan 03, 2019, 6:00 PM-8 PM in Denville #TakeAction #Connect #Empower #Correct


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If you ever get the chance to go to Boston in fall, don’t ask questions, just go.


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So the last trauma tip for this series has been posted and can be found in my stories or the highlight “when your child’s lid is flipped”. This last tip is all around connection with your child and is so, so important for helping them process their trauma and big feelings. #everydayplay #grkids #grandrapidsmom #adoptivemom #helpingkidsheal #empoweredmoms #traumainformed #kidsfeelings #toddlermom #sahmlife #powerofplay #playtherapy #kidswhofeelcanheal #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #specialneedsmom #specialneedskids #adoptedkids #theluckyfew #playfulparenting #wholebrainchild #dansiegel #adoptiveparenting #traumainformedcare


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We only *thought* it was cold when we took these photos @erin.kean


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Here we go!! After yesterday’s trauma tip of understanding the brain, now what?! Check out the strategies shared in today’s stories or saved on my highlights! Let’s get your kiddo back to calm 🙌🏼 #everydayplay #grkids #grandrapidsmom #adoptivemom #helpingkidsheal #empoweredmoms #traumainformed #kidsfeelings #toddlermom #sahmlife #powerofplay #playtherapy #kidswhofeelcanheal #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #specialneedsmom #specialneedskids #adoptedkids #theluckyfew #playfulparenting #wholebrainchild #dansiegel #adoptiveparenting #traumainformedcare


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Advent Day 5: Help vulnerable children find their value and support parents learning to love them with skill by praying for, raising awareness about, and contributing to @thepearlprojectcf #Advent #fosterparents #empoweredtoconnect


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Today’s continuation of trauma tips is all around understanding the brain! The more we understand, the more we can respond in helpful ways as parents. Check out my stories or the highlights to learn this “hand model brain” tip! 🧠☀️ #everydayplay #grkids #grandrapidsmom #adoptivemom #helpingkidsheal #empoweredmoms #traumainformed #kidsfeelings #toddlermom #sahmlife #powerofplay #playtherapy #kidswhofeelcanheal #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #specialneedsmom #specialneedskids #adoptedkids #theluckyfew #playfulparenting #wholebrainchild #dansiegel


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Sharing one of my absolute FAVORITE tips for processing trauma or big emotions with kids. This has been a game changer in my home! Follow my stories or my highlights to see how play can be practically done. It is the key to unlocking hard things for kids! #everydayplay #grkids #grandrapidsmom #adoptivemom #helpingkidsheal #empoweredmoms #traumainformed #kidsfeelings #toddlermom #sahmlife #powerofplay #playtherapy #kidswhofeelcanheal #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #specialneedsmom #specialneedskids #adoptedkids #theluckyfew #playfulparenting


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Tonight we will discuss prayer and rest . #wtjbeliefs #EmpoweredToConnect #rest#prayer#weteachjoy #joinus 7:30 central time @reachingwhileteaching


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We found my daughter’s pet fish, dead, over the weekend. For someone who has gone through more loss than a lot of kids, this was a big deal. And my heart panicked to be honest. I didn’t want to deal with the hard emotions that would likely come and so I tried to brush it off. But our kids need to learn to grieve and feel hard things. It’s going to be a part of the rest of their lives and if they don’t deal with grief, it will come out in all sorts of other ways. So after taking note of this, we held a funeral for Freckles. I asked S how she would like to process her feelings and she wanted to dance. It was absolutely beautiful and reminded me that we can take a few extra minutes to process hard things with our kids or spend a lifetime managing behaviors that come as a result of stuffing emotions. Ooh the lessons of parenting. They’re so, so good. #everydayplay #grkids #traumainformed #kidsfromhardplaces #adoptionjourney #adoptivefamilies #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #theconnectedchild #kidshavefeelingstoo #adoptivemom


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Tonight’s the night!! Be sure to set an alarm to join us at 7:30 central w/@reachingwhileteaching #weteachjoy #EmpoweredToConnect


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“When we started down the path of adoption, we had very little sense of the support we would need. Fortunately, we were introduced to The Sparrow Fund early in our journey and began attending events they hosted. Through these events, we have gained incredible insight, made connections with families like ours, and have been supported when we needed it. Since then, we have found ourselves enthusiastically engaging with other families who are on a similar journey and sharing the knowledge that we have learned along the way. We enjoy leading Empowered to Connect parent trainings and serving on the board of The Sparrow Fund. It is an honor to be able to pour into families, just as others have poured into us over the years. I can’t think of a better way to share God’s love than to serve others who have themselves been called to serve.” - Zach Chryst
. **Dollar-for-dollar, your #GivingTuesday donation to The Sparrow Fund will be matched up to $10,000. It's not too early to give. Go to www.sparrowfund.org and DONATE and select "Giving Tuesday" in the drop down menu to double your impact!**
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#doubleyourimpact #caringforcaregivers #empoweredtoconnect #nottooearlytogive


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Parenting kids from hard places is a marathon not a sprint. We have to train ourselves to respond in healthy ways, meet the needs behind the behaviors & to connect when our kids need it the most. There’s no quick fix when it comes to trauma & it can seem like a daunting task. But when we can take a step back & reflect on how we responded or reacted a year ago to now...it may be just the boost we need for the upcoming month ahead. We’d love to hear what you’ve learned when it comes to parenting!
#taketimetocelebrate #familiesflourish #adopt #adoption #foster #fostercare #adoptionislove #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #parenting #support


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What, like it’s hard?


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Six years ago today, my mom and I drove to Columbus, met Chloe’s great grandma and brought her home with us. I can’t imagine how scared she was, leaving her family with some strangers. We were so clueless as to what we were getting into....the months and years ahead were rough, and if I’m honest some days still are ❤️ but we are much more prepared now. We are learning more everyday how to deal with trauma along this journey. .
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#adoption #trauma #adoptivemama #lovemakesafamily #family #healinghappens #empoweredtoconnect


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Trust Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI) is THEE way I point any adults looking for material to start with when it comes to adoption/foster care. Who else loves TBRI and really anything Dr. Karyn Purvis?! Below is a video to lay the foundation of what TBRI is about. And as always, share your thoughts! Link to the Video in Bio. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NcbCP-2Maj8 #lovingwelllivingwell #karynpurvisismyhero #empoweredtoconnect


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