Chambers Family Adoption

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I recently started tracking hits to my site, mostly because I was curious. It was interesting and eye opening... you guys come from all over. Really, will the person from Qatar please stand up?


I love blogging and it is my hope and prayer that somehow something I say can help someone. It might be something specific to the foster-to-adopt process or a tidbit on how I (not so effectively sometimes) parent a child with <a href="http://www.autismspeaks.org/navigating/pdd_nos.php">PDD-NOS</a>. I know some people are interested in our "<a href="http://www.autismweb.com/diet.htm">hippy diet</a>," and still others just want to know what a house with three boys aged three and under looks like (it's not messy, because I'm a bit of a neat freak). Regardless of why you're here, or how you got here, I'm glad that you can be a little part of our lives.


As I sit here, type, listen to babies sleep on the monitor and stuff my face with veggie chips and hummus whilst drinking a Dr. Pepper (did I mention I'm not perfect), its hard not to look back in utter amazement at the way my life has changed in the past two-and-a-half years. We gained three kids in 18 months, have learned to be advocates for kids in foster care and have navigated the tricky and bumpy terrain that comes with having a child with special needs. We were, in all honesty, prepared for none of this, but God has provided for us through all of it.


Our support system is amazing... friends, family, random strangers. Since I'm a bit outspoken (maybe, a lot, I'll let you be the judge), I've had the opportunity to witness other families as they are built through adoption. There is a bond between families that are built through adoption, there is an even stronger bond between families who have been built through foster care. It's not a pretty journey, but the end result is a dream that I never thought I would realize.


And, I'm the fortunate one. The one who gets to live this snotty nosed, spitty, poopy adventure everyday, and I couldn't think of anything better. I'm right where I'm supposed to be, and I pray that you are too. I pray that our story can be a blessing to you!


So, enough about me (and "us" by default), what about you? Leave me a message in the comments and let me know:
1- How you got here
2- What you want to hear about, and
3- Your favorite part about this blog.


What's in it for you? I'm so glad you asked! In honor of my totally rocking new <a href="http://lindseyriel.com/">blog design</a>, I'm hosting my very first give-away! Wanna win? Leave a comment* using the outline above and we'll do a random drawing to get the winner. Comments will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 27 and the winner will be drawn on Monday the 28th.&nbsp; For two chances to win, mention my blog give-away on your blog with a link and we'll put your name in to win twice... just be sure to let me know in the comments.


Up for grabs is a pair of <a href="http://www.babylegs.com/Default.aspx">BabyLegs</a>. Now your child can be a rock star like <a href="http://chambersadoption.blogspot.com/2009/09/baby-legs.html">Holden</a>.


<span style="font-size: xx-small;">* Anyone can win (yes, mom that includes you), you don't have to be a first time commenter and nepotism isn't an issue. Comments posted on Facebook don't count.&nbsp; Head on over to <a href="http://www.chambersadoption.blogspot.com/">http://www.chambersadoption.blogspot.com/</a> to get the full story.&nbsp; Good luck!</span>

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