Adoption Media Appearance With Nia Vardalos

Did you know actress Nia Vardalos had a connection to adoption? I appeared alongside her on the Marie Show. Vardalos and her husband went through 13 fertility treatments and many failed adoption attempts. They were finally matched with a three-year-old girl through...

A Quick Guide to Dealing With Anger

When people feel hurt they often look for a reason for their anger and despair. As our bodies react to the physiological feelings that anger and despair leave us, we wonder how and why this has happened to us. Unresolved anger can be harmful to your health, causing...

My Portuguese Heritage (and Favorite Recipe!)

I’m full Portuguese, with all my family coming from the Azores islands. We recently made a trip to the Azores islands with our family to explore our great great great grandparents homestead and meet relatives. I’ll be sharing more recipes for you to follow in...

Sharing My Story at Relay for Life

I was honored to be the Relay for Life of Nevada County’s keynote speaker. You can watch my speech in the video below. Motivational speaking is something that I enjoy doing: it holds the power to spur others into action.  In the video, I share my experience and...

Birth Mothers Are Role Models!

I was truly honored to be awarded Nevada County’s 2015 Female Role Model of the Year! It was very meaningful to me that I was recognized as a role model, but I’d like to share a bit about birth mothers. It’s birth mothers who, through their choice of adoption,...

Called to Adoption on Audible

My latest book is now an audio book! Just released for Audible fans, ‘Called to Adoption: A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call‘ is a great resource for anyone beginning or moving through the process to adopt. When you’re thinking...

Start a Mother’s Day Tradition

As I’m sure you can imagine, Mother’s Day is very close to my heart. After helping thousands of women become mothers through adoption, it is a wonderful day of remembrance.  At the same time, it is bittersweet because for many years, there was also a lot of heartbreak...

The Difference Between Adoption Success and Struggle

I wanted to share this adoption webinar with you that has tips you can use for increasing your adoption success. In it, I answered questions from the audience and discussed tips for parents in many aspects of adoption planning:   – Find out my suggestions...