The Puzzle Fundraiser: Pieces of An Adoption Story

By Kiersten Lyons /

When I was in third grade, I wanted to be an ice cream cone for Halloween. My mom happily supported me by buying me two poster boards to make said costume. You see, my mom didn’t believe in buying store-bought costumes (or much of store-bought anything) to encourage creativity, and also because I’m one of five kids, so: budgeting. I cut out two large triangles to make a sandwich board cone and then painted my face pink for strawberry ice cream. I even attached scraps of poster board colored red for a cherry on top of my head. My mom told me I looked darling, but everyone thought I was pizza. I truly wish I had a picture right now, but just imagine an awkward little girl with a bowl cut, dressed like pizza ice cream and… you get the idea.

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Board Book Story: Celebrating Family Near & Far

By Katie Bedenbaugh /

We are so fortunate to have most of our family living close to us – and by close, I mean, hey-lets-meet-for-supper-tonight, close. But we do have some family that are a few hours away. While I know that’s hardly “far” for some folks, who have loved ones living in different time zones, it’s still far enough to make seeing them as often as we’d like pretty much impossible.

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