Are you a foster mom? Are you an adoptive mom? Have you ever thought of being either of those? Did you answer yes to any of those questions? If you did, I have the book you NEED to read! Allison Schumm has taken her time to compile letters from moms who have been there and done that in her book Navigating the Explosion – You Are Not Alone.
Allison is no stranger to the world of ups and downs and more ups that are involved in the foster and adoption process. She is a busy mom of 14 beautiful blessings ranging from 18 to 1 year old. She married her knight in shining armor in of May 2004 and they started the first step in their adoption journey in the end of 2005 just 18 months after they were married. Jonathan and Allison are vocal advocates for adoption, they believe that God places the lonely in families and keeping siblings together is the best.
Moe Man is our adoption story. We hadn't planned on fostering or adopting. It wasn't something we had even talked about. But when you get the phone call that you are need in a kinship care situation, you don't even think twice about what you need to do. We have been through almost everything the letters in this book talk about. We started with just fostering Moe Man, hoping he would have that moment of going "home" again. When that wasn't an option…we went forward with the adoption process. This was something that was not chosen by us, but by God alone, and we wouldn't change it for the world!
The letters that Allison has compiled speak right to your heart. They are the ones that you are able to read and say, yes that is exactly how I feel right now! There are six simple chapters in this book that describe the "stages" of the foster/adoption process. They are The Call, The Wait, The Honeymoon, The Groove, The Future and The Others. Allison doesn't just put a whole bunch of letters together, she takes her time and writes to you from her heart about each stage. I love when you feel like you are "alone" and you pick up this book and realize just how not alone you really are.
I am so thankful to the LORD for giving me a chance to read this book. I was given this opportunity at just the right time in my life. This book is highly recommended by me to all of you that are anywhere in the process…even if you are "done", it still touches you and makes you cry. It is a comfort to read that others have been there and felt that same thing. We are not alone in our journey and never will be!
I really hope you will all take a moment to go and show your love to Allison. She is on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and G+. She also has a blog over at Schumm Explosion. You can get your own copy of her book over at her Esty store for $4.99. Well worth every penny!!
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