Who am I and why am I blogging?

Start a blog.

It’s been on my goal poster all year. I’ve been advised to start one by many. And truthfully, it spooks me!

Technology is the least of my strengths. I mean, like really bottom end of the strengths and weaknesses chart.

The needs, pains, and fears of my blog audience are huge - no HUGE - so where to even begin is quite overwhelming.

Then there’s always the issue of time. My time the past three years has been spent flitting around various parts of the country helping families in crisis – kind of Supernanny style (without the naughty chair), through in-home intensive interventions. I also speak and train at adoption/foster care conferences for parents and professionals.

Meanwhile, I’m attempting to maintain balance in my life with a husband, a newlywed bio daughter and her precious hubby, a special needs young adult adoptee and a couple of not-so-old senior citizen parents. Some days, rearing its ugly head, is a personal twenty-six-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

See why I’m spooked?

But, I know in my heart and my head that God is leading us to reach more people through Parenting Adoptees Can Trust (PACT). My husband, Alan, and I want to help you, the adoptive or foster parent. We’ve learned much on our own journey and in the homes of families we’ve helped, and blogging seems to be an effective way to pass it on.

We know what it’s like to live with a child whose behaviors are driving you out of your ever lovin’ mind! We also know what it is like to, in spite of it all, love that child so much it hurts and have fears for his or her future that won’t let you sleep. We know the marriage strain, the financial wreckage, the bio child’s hurt, the…. I won’t go on or we’ll all be in a puddle.

Most importantly, we know there is hope! Our family did find answers for a very high-risk, neglected, traumatized, fetal alcohol exposed child. We found many answers and you can too.

We had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross in the early research phase of the development of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. I am honored to now be teaching this model as an associate of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University http://www.child.tcu.edu.

Our own business http://www.parentingadopteescantrust.com offers a fee-based service to those who need additional, individualized help.

So I’m Deb, Debra, or Debbie. I’m wife, momma, and daughter. I’m sister, friend, and mentor. I’m teacher, author, and speaker. I’m a Texan, an Italian, and a Christ follower. I’m honored, blessed, and humbled to be a sojourner among you. And as of today, I’m a blogger.

I feel less spooked now, so what topics do y’all want to talk about first?