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Celebrating Adoption With Honey Maid

People often look at our family with raised eyebrows and confusion, which I must admit makes me laugh a little bit. We are a multi-cultural family and we’re proud of it. We are a mix of different racial backgrounds and our unique family was formed through adoption, foster care, and birth. I love it when the raised eyebrows and stares come with questions. It gives me a chance to share our story and to give a face to not only the very often misunderstood foster care system but also adoption. 

My family’s adoption story started 38 years ago when I was born. I was adopted from foster care as an infant. Three years later my family adopted my younger sister who is no blood relation to me but is still my sister in every sense of the word. I grew up knowing that one day I would adopt. I was blessed to have parents who gave me a strong sense of self and raised me to view adoption as a gift.

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So here I am, 38 years later, with 2 amazing sons that we adopted from foster care. I’m very careful with what I share about my boys beginnings in life because I believe those are their stories to share if and when they choose to. But I will say that both our boys came to us as one month old babies and they were both adopted around the age of 2. We went on to have 3 more biological children and now we are a large family of 7. There is not one thing I would change about how we created our family. 

It’s no secret that the American family has changed. One in 12 married couples in the U.S. are interracial. [1] Nearly 40% of children don’t live with both of their biological parents. Only 62% of children live with their two biological parents. [2] 125,000-plus same-sex couples currently raising children in the U.S. [3] More than 1.5 million American families [4] have been touched by adoption. Honey Maid has long recognized and celebrated that while the makeup and day-to-day lives of families have evolved, the idea and importance of wholesome family connections remains the same. You can see that in their video, which made me smile as I watched those adorable little boys. 

[1] http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/the-rise-of-intermarriage/
[2] http://ncfmr.bgsu.edu/pdf/family_profiles/file139447.pdf
[3] http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/LGBT-Parenting.pdf
[4] 2010 U.S. Census

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It doesn’t matter how your family was formed, the only thing that matters is how you nurture your family connection. In our house we choose to have a lot of fun family movie nights because our whole family loves movies. We make a delicious treat like my famous Smores Dip and pile onto the couch to watch a movie together. Even as our kids get older I am determined to protect this tradition and make sure my kids stay close.  

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I’m not ashamed to tell you that I totally entice my kids to enjoy family movie night with yummy treats. This super easy Smores Dip is a family favorite and Honey Maid graham crackers make my Smores Dip more fun for the whole family. Want to make it for your next family movie night? 

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Ingredients:
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag marshmallows
Graham cracker sticks

Directions:
1. Grease bottom and sides of casserole dish.
2. Pour chocolate chips in bottom of dish.
3. Top with marshmallows.
4. Bake at 450 for 3-5 minutes until marshmallows begin to brown.
5. Serve with Honey Maid Graham Crackers for dipping.

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It’s that easy! Smores Dip is a real crowd pleaser in our house and I might have even caught a kid licking the pan clean. We make a point to celebrate our family and that doesn’t have to mean grand vacations or big parties. It’s the little things that count. Do you have an adoption story to share? I’d love to hear it!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  • Jodi Scaife

    I still think that Ty looks like you, but who cares? Love binds all of you together, so whether there’s blood relation or not you’re a family.