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Fasten Your Sweet Belt: 10 Things You Need to Know About Older Child Adoption Paperback – October 28, 2011
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What makes this book different from the more "clinical" adoption books is that it is written by a mother who is still in the trenches. The real life examples make it easy to relate the book to what is happening in your home. Jodi's honesty about those things she wished she had done differently leaves room for me to feel like I am not the only adoptive mom who isn't perfect! I find that very encouraging.
Even though our oldest son came home over two years ago and our newest addition has been home 7 months, this book is still very applicable. I found a lot of information to help me better understand my adopted teen, in particular.
It was a quick read and was one of those books that made you feel like you were just having a great conversation with a girlfriend over coffee while reading it. I appreciated, more than anything, the author's candor. And while she didn't sugar coat older child adoption, I loved that this book was not all doom and gloom. It was refreshing to hear a mother talk about the challenges of this unique parenting situation while still finding JOY and GOD'S purpose in motherhood.
I am an adoptive parent (adopted a toddler internationally). We are in the process of adopting an older child out of the foster care system. I am so glad to have had this book as an addition to our preperatory reading as we get ready to embark on this journey. I find that there are very few adoptive mothers willing to open up and be truthful about their experiences- I'm so thankful that Jodi was willing to open up and share her heart with the rest of us.
I found this book very honest about the challenges we will face and am thankful Jodi was open about the things she wishes she had done differently. It has given me hope that while things will not be easy, they will be okay. I am excited more than ever for our son to come home so we can begin our life together. I am anxious to know him and have him know us. I now understand the blessings will far outweigh the hard times, even if it takes a while.
I am now rereading the book with a pen and a highlighter!
Thank you for writing this book!
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I loved this book and within the first week of reading it, sent it to a friend who just brought home two children from Ghana. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Maggie L Kowalski
Highly recommend this to any adoptive parent that is even considering older child adoption. It's real life unfolding from a Mom that makes me want to grab a cup of tea and sit at... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by S. J Smith
i sat down to read this book and didnt get up until i finished it! Easy read for adoptive or foster parents.Published on January 14, 2013 by Snow in September