A reminder to keep your open adoption promises.

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Our Baby’s Room


I love our baby’s room. It’s bright and cheerful…     And meaningful. Every piece of artwork and furniture has a story. This is the rocking chair I found on the side of the road. Mr. R and I worked together to refinish it. He gave me the monogrammed cushion for Christmas last year. That… [Read More]

I moustache you a question…

Mustache Valentine

Will you be my valentine? Sent these valentines to our families–including birth families–in post card form. I hope they get a giggle out of them. We sure had a blast making them. Here’s a peek at the full Valentine package that each of the birth moms got. Those mini books are from Printstagram and they… [Read More]

The Symbolism of Butterflies

Butterfly Placement Gifts

I love butterflies. (And unicorns and glitter and rainbows. Let’s just get that out there right now.) I especially love the symbolism of butterflies. Change. Progression. Hardship. Beauty. Preparation. Becoming. All words that remind me of the adoption journey.   When we were hoping to adopt Jackson, I wanted to find the perfect placement gifts… [Read More]

Halloween Birth Parent Gift Idea

October Birth Parent Gift Idea -therhouse.com

R Family loves sending monthly update packages to the birth families. Here’s part of what we sent to them for Halloween: Along with these adorable frames were a stack of other recent photos, candy corn, a letter and some drawings. These nekkid frames were from my local craft store and were about a $1. The… [Read More]

Halloween Treat | $75 Shutterfly Giveaway


Happy Halloween! I have a special Halloween treat for you that includes ways for you to preserve, display and share with birth parents all the photos you will be taking tonight …thanks to Shutterfly!   If you’re like me, you will take way too many photos tonight. I love Halloween because I love the power… [Read More]

Send-a-Hug | Birth Parent Gift Idea

Birth Mother Gifts

Looking for some new birth parent package ideas? Maybe a creative birth parent gift? Send a hug! This birth parent package includes: Hug–just use a marker and trace the outline of your child with their arms open. I have a giant roll of butch paper that I use for these kinds of projects. Letter Wallet… [Read More]

Birth Parent Gift Ideas | Mother’s Day Craft

Birth Mother's Day Gift Ideas

 This is the adorable craft my kids did for their birth mothers last month. We sent it to them in time for Birth Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day although the last sentence of the poem can be changed to fit just about any special occasion or holiday. We have a giant roll of butcher’s paperin our… [Read More]

Birth Parent Gift Ideas | Easter Package

Birth Parent Gift Ideas, Open Adoption

This is the Easter package that I sent the boys’ birth mothers a couple weeks ago.  I personally thought it was the most smile-inducing of all the monthly packages I have ever sent. (And I have been doing this just about every month for 5 years.) The bunny craft? Hilar. DVD of all the video… [Read More]