At Home

Meet the Gundersons…

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in At Home | 2 comments

Here is a blurb from mom Jessie Gunderson. They are adopting 2 older children from Ethiopia and are in the midst of raising funds. If you would like to help bring these 2 kiddos into a wonderful family, consider donating to their adoption during February and you will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to Disneyland!!!! I’ll Never Get my Life Back I’ve never thought of myself as the mothering type. I was the girl making mud pies and riding horses. The delight I experienced once I started having kids surprised me but I still longed for a day when they’d be grown up and I’d get my...

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October 20th,Forever a Special Day

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in At Home | 3 comments

Two years ago…On October 20th, 2010, we met Sarah for the first time.       Then… totally unexpected… One year ago, on October 20th, 2011, while in Ethiopia on a mission trip, Jason met our son, Markon…. Mark has been home for 3.5  months now, and it is going unbelievably well. Sarah is adjusting well with having a new baby, and is in fact really getting into playing “Mommy” with her own baby dolls. Sarah has 4 brown babies and 3 white babies. For a few months, her favorite dollies were clearly the “brown” ones, which she, on...

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How We Cocooned without Cocooning…

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in At Home, Misc Thoughts, Lessons and Experiences | 4 comments

Like most adoptive parents, we attended adoption training seminars, and read many great books with well respected theories on how to prepare for and raise your adopted child. “Cocooning” is one of the most popular  methods for helping  your adopted child learn who mom and dad are, and become acclimated to their new world and family. In simple terms, cocooning is basically wiping your calendar clean and focusing on staying home/laying low with your adopted child. You don’t go to church, play dates, birthday parties, out to dinner, a friend’s house or even...

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