We all know that marriage is HARD. Like, stupid hard. Throw in some non-biological kids living in your house, extra expenses, and a bucket of trauma and stress, and you've got yourself a marriage that is having ALL of its buttons pushed ALL the time.
In this episode, Bryan and I sat down with 2 other young couples that are in the thick of this adoption thing while their marriages are also relatively young to talk about the struggles, joys, and lessons learned so far.
Couple number one is us! If you are a regular listener, you know our story from season 1, episode 15 of the podcast. If not, you can check it out here.
Couple number two is another one that listeners have met before, Scott and Michaela Montie. You can listen to Michaela's first episode here.
Our third and final couple is Garrett and Alex Autry. The Autry's have adopted a sibling group of 3 boys and fostered some before their adoption as well. I can't wait for you guys to get to know them in this episode!
- Shared Beginnings is an organization dedicated to coming alongside and advocating Birth Mothers during one of the hardest seasons of their lives. You can check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
- We recorded this episode at Red Barn Studio in Springdale, AR. Jason Miller and his team is amazing and if you are a recording artist or have any other studio needs, you should absolutely reach out to them! You can check out their website here and their Facebook Page here.
- Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
- The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
- Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.