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Happy Thursday friends! Anything from Dr. Karyn Purvis stops me in my tracks. And this one is Oh SO good and this is a question as a mom I continually ask myself with my daughter who came to me via adoption, and also the children we have had in our home from foster care! ❤️ this is a 2 minute video and worth every second. ♥️ The are an immense amount of layers Dr. Purvis goes over. She talks about in utero trauma, she talks about how traditional discipline (example: time out) May need to be rethought with adoption and of course foster care. It is SO GOOD! And who went to the @empoweredtoconnect conference earlier this year?! What were your BIGGEST take aways? Ps. Link in profile will take you to this 2 minute video. https://vimeo.com/44173929. #lovingwelllivingwell #karynpurvisismyhero #empoweredtoconnect


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TRUTH!!!! ❤️ #empoweredtoconnect
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“Meeting needs is an intrinsic part of parenting, and most of us readily accept that. The problem arises when we start seeing behavior as a separate issue unrelated to need. Our focus shifts to controlling the behavior, the needs go unmet, and over time those unmet needs begin to fester deep inside of our children and negative behavior escalates. Our children often don’t know why they’re acting out. They just know they feel bad inside, unheard, unseen, misunderstood. It’s up to us as the only adults in the relationship to slow down, breathe through our own natural human reactions to challenges and resistance and anger, and look for the unmet need behind the behavior. Once those needs are met and repairs are made to the relationship (apologies, hugs, reassurances, etc.) the doors are open to communication and we can exchange ideas about better ways for them to express and for us to recognize needs in the future. No punishment is needed to correct our children’s negative behavior because the driving force behind it has been eliminated and no guilt is needed to correct ourselves as parents because we’ve taken a challenge and turned it into growth and healing and into forging a better, stronger connection with our little humans that will stand the test of time.” L.R.Knost
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Fighting a rare, incurable cancer, but I'm still here!💞 L.R.


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What a blessing to share lunch today with @mbchap232 @dcoley1956 @tcoley1976 and Emily Richards at the @showhope offices today. Grateful for their amazing body of work both stateside and abroad, and for the way they continue to care for @empoweredtoconnect . #tbri #attachment #connection #empoweredtoconnect


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“When I haven’t any blue I use red”-Picasso, and God probably ♥️


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I is for Ignorant. And boy, have I been ignorant in the past. But it's not an excuse for remaining that way. I am responsible for my own education. Specificly, since it's #adoptionawarenessmonth I am responsible for my education on parenting adoptees well. And that means learning from adoptees (especially when it's hard), learning from birthparents (even when I'm uncomfortable), learning from from other adoptive parents (because parenting adoptees will be different than parenting biological kiddos), and learning from professionals (who give me the tools to parent with connection through the complexities of adoption). There are no excuses for not doing this. If we (the hopeful APs and APs) make the choice to parent through adoption (no matter how we came to this choice) then the people we are most likely to hurt through our ignorance is our children. This education might look different as seasons come and go, but don't stop. Your kids are worth it.
#ignorance #education #adoptioneducation #adoption #etc #empoweredtoconnect #attachment #attachmentparenting #attachnginadoption #worldadoptionday #adoptionawarenessmonth #naam


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I is for Ignorant. And boy, have I been ignorant in the past. But it's not an excuse for remaining that way. I am responsible for my own education. Specificly, since it's #adoptionawarenessmonth I am responsible for my education on parenting adoptees well. And that means learning from adoptees (especially when it's hard), learning from birthparents (even when I'm uncomfortable), learning from from other adoptive parents (because parenting adoptees will be different than parenting biological kiddos), and learning from professionals (who give me the tools to parent with connection through the complexities of adoption). There are no excuses for not doing this. If we (the hopeful APs and APs) make the choice to parent through adoption (no matter how we came to this choice) then the people we are most likely to hurt through our ignorance is our children. This education might look different as seasons come and go, but don't stop. Your kids are worth it.
#ignorance #education #adoptioneducation #adoption #etc #empoweredtoconnect #attachment #attachmentparenting #attachnginadoption #worldadoptionday #adoptionawarenessmonth #naam


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IT’S WORLD ADOPTION DAY! 🤚🏻🤚🏼🤚🏽🤚🏾🤚🏿 We are so excited to continue Adoption Awareness Month with Brittney’s story of Transracial Adoption for #adoptionawarenessmonth !

64% of African American children who enter the foster care system remain for more than two years and only 7% of those children get adopted. It is time to BREAK THE BARRIER! While Transracial Adoption has proven to be successful there is still a lot of hesitation surrounding the idea. This creates fear in approaching the unknown, leaving many children in the shadows.
Transracial Adoption presents an avenue in which individuals can embrace the beauty of diversity and embark on a journey of understanding. Through intentional relationships and education these families can be transformed and brought together in unique, challenging and beautiful ways!

#citywithoutorphans #itsnotifyouarecalleditshow #worldadoptionday #empoweredtoconnect


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Happy Monday from a few working girls! I love my roommates, and I’m so proud of all of us for the success we’ve found here and for pursuing our dreams no matter what 🧡


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We are working to get the Empowered to Connect simulcast into more churches throughout Chicago so more families & professionals can get the support they need! Tell your caseworkers, supervisors, teachers, children’s ministry staff...anyone who works with vulnerable children!
Stay tuned for details! We have confirmed locations in Lemont & Channahon! More locations to come!
#empoweredtoconnect #familiesflourish #adopt #foster #fostercare #adoption


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Stay soft, it looks beautiful on you


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Isn't this the crux of why adoption is so hard? Because when you don't have relationship, you really don't have anything. This is why the first however-long of a placement is so hard. Because whether it's talked about or not, we have not fallen in love by the first time our kid smears poo on the walls. When we look at them licking the couch for the billionth time, we ask why?? But don't have a relationship to easily look past it.

It gets better, but man oh man, is it a journey. .
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It's that time of year again! November!! It's adoption month, and in previous years I have joined in on prompt challenges, to meet new people and share some of our story. This year that isn't really speaking to me, so I'm just going to do my own thing. .

Last year I heard Amanda Purvis speak during the Empowered to Connect conference, and her talk changed. my. life.
So I'm going to share lots of Amanda-isms and some things from the Empowered to Connect course we are taking right now. Hopefully there's a nugget along the way that speaks to all of you! .
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If this isn't the kind of thing you're here for...I'm sorry. 😗 But I still love you, and I hope you peak through your fingers and stick it out :p
#connectedparenting #empoweredtoconnect #adoption #adoptionawarenessmonth #everylittlelife #adoptionmonth #internationaladoption #bulgarianadoption #nationaladoptionmonth #amandapurvis #amandaism


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#fbf to one of my all time favorite trips with the best travel buddy there ever was! I’m going to Boston next weekend and then I’ll be in NYC for the rest of the year. I’m already planning trips for 2019, any recommendations?!


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These are the kind of notes you get in your lunch box when your parents have attended @empoweredtoconnect conferences for a few years and TBRI trainings.
Stick together. No hurts. Have fun!
#tbri #traumainformed #empoweredtoconnect #adoptionchangeslives #kidsfromhardplaces #adoption #parentingkidswithspecialneeds #barrentoblessed #kidsareworthit


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You say witch like it’s a bad thing


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Only 5 days left to signup for WINTER hosting!
If you cannot host - DONATE a grant for an unchosen child
If you cannot host - SHARE the children's posts to advocate
If you are open to hosting a child from an orphanage in Ukraine starting mid-December for 4 weeks, see the 20 children who remain unchosen at www.p143.org/pre-registration

16 host families still needed - AIRPORT options include Dulles, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago

#theconnectedchild #attachment #globalorphancare #connectedparenting #empoweredtoconnect #refresh #refreshconference #takeaction #traumainformed #karynpurvis #sharejesus #daughteroftheking #jesuspaiditall #dosomething #beanesther #esther #bettertogether #recklesslove #donotfear #twoless #adoptionisamazing #iamloved


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How I feel about my life rn


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Nothing but Sunday


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Empowered to Connect is coming to the South Shore. Save the Date: April 5th & 6th


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Every woman is a moon and has a dark side she shows to no one


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Go and check out this amazing website with study guides and other info to better equip you for your #fostercare journey. @empoweredtoconnect
#empoweredtoconnect #letsfoster #fostering #worldfosterday #foster #fosterparent #fosterkids #vulnerablechilldren #4thekids


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A lifetime of wandering and the only thing I know is that everywhere feels like home


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For me, fall means staying cozy so for this #bangsblitz I rounded up some of my cozy essentials! How do you stay cozy on a chilly fall day? (P.s. if you’re interested in @bangsshoes DM me for a code to get 15% off!)


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Often in parenting, you just have to do the counterintuitive thing. The last thing I wanted to do was get my tired butt off the couch and go outside, but my girls really wanted to and it really was what I needed too. And I’m so glad we did! So, what about when you want to yell? Try whispering. When you want to intervene? Try waiting. When you want to control? Try surrendering. When you want to compare. Try appreciating. When you want to check out? Try leaning in. When you want to push away? Try playing. We can’t do this on our own. Everyday Play is here to help support you so that your family connects and thrives together! ☀️Schedule a consultation today! #grandrapids #grandrapidskids #grkids #grmi #grandrapidsmom #everydayplay #specialneedsmom #adoptivemom #empoweredtoconnect #thrivingfamily #empoweredparenting


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Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
-Shakespeare “As You Like It”


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The Schoolers are international speakers for a reason...THEY ARE AMAZING! Biblical truth, neuroscience, psychology, sensory... You name it, they know it and gladly share it! They are totally present and lovely in person too! Wow! Check out hey book Wounded Children Healing Homes. #tapcon18 #mobmomma #adventuresofmomdom #lifewithkids #parentingforthewin #thejoyisreal #fortheloveofCHRIST #ForTheMany #KingdomHearts #fosterthefuture #fostercare #letsdothis #empoweredtoconnect


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Day 1 of #tapcon18! Snagged some great info from some great people and soaked my brain in wisdom from the Schoolers! Can't wait until tomorrow ❤️ #woundedchildrenhealinghomes #mobmomma #thatsmystory #parentingforthewin #fosterthefuture #tapestry #familytimes10 #fostercare #letsdothis #empoweredtoconnect #fortheloveofCHRIST #ForTheMany #KingdomHearts


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Was meeting with a precious coworker this week for #reflective supervision, and she remarked ‘I love seeing the growth and development plans!’ Reflecting today on the beautiful movement that is #MFCC and the gratefulness I (mylissa) feel to be part of an intentional, wondering, life giving, trauma sensitive, safe team that gives so much to their patients and families. We are blessed. #tbri #sanctuary #grow #mfcc #empoweredtoconnect


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Was meeting with a precious coworker this week for #reflective supervision, and she remarked ‘I love seeing the growth and development plans!’ Reflecting today on the beautiful movement that is #MFCC and the gratefulness I (mylissa) feel to be part of an intentional, wondering, life giving, trauma sensitive, safe team that gives so much to their patients and families. We are blessed. #tbri #sanctuary #grow #mfcc #empoweredtoconnect


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