I can’t tell you how surprised and pleased I was to be chosen as the guest editor of the Adoption Social this month. It really made me smile. And it is things that make us smile, the things that keep us going, that I want to get everyone talking about over the next few weeks.
But first let me introduce myself. My name is Kitty or @CraftiKitty as I am known on Twitter. I have been married to Eddie for almost 18 years (March 14th) and we have three gorgeous, dramatically different, challenging, exhausting children. The youngest two are adopted. 8 year old Winnie Whirlwind (the name says it all) joined our family five and a half years ago and Baby Billy completed our family just over a year ago. I use my blog, Adopt Around the Clock, to record the highs and lows of our, never dull, family life.
It wasn’t until I started blogging and stumbled across the online adoption community that I realised I was not alone in facing the day to day battles I encounter as an adoptive parent. Twitter and the Adoption Social have been a lifeline. It doesn’t matter what time of day, or night it is, there is always someone out there that understands what you are going through. And there is always someone out there that can make you smile. You just get it!
And so I thought it would be great to find out what really makes you smile? There is no denying that adoptive parenting is challenging. It can however be incredibly rewarding and often very funny. But it is all too easy to get bogged down in the trauma and lose sight of the good bits
So for this month’s #TASpic I propose we post pictures of anything that has made us smile or laugh, from a funny drawing, to a photo of your child with a bucket on their head or maybe just a walk in the park, whatever it is that has made you happy, please share with #TASpic #mademesmile.
I’d also love to hear what helps you to keep going, even on the really challenging days. So for the #WASO this week tell us all about your survival strategies. I have several and humour is definitely one of them. What are yours?
Survival strategies will also be the theme for this month’s #TASChat, which will take place at 9pm on Thursday 17th March. Slip in to your onesie, sit back, pour yourself a drink, open the chocolate (yes more of my survival techniques) and share your tips.
Finally it would be great to round off the month with a look at your highlights over the previous few weeks. So for the last themed #WASO of the month let us know all about your positive moments during the month of March, however small they may seem, they are hugely significant ‘Moments to be Treasured’.
I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to read all your posts and blogs. Let’s celebrate our unique families.