Amanda Kitchens

a butterfly on sidewalk

The Hard Question

I knew I wanted to post about #SuicidePrevention and awareness today, but didn’t realize how it would come about. I had some infographics in my notes to share. I had some statistics. Yet the day moved along with still no post. Then Dominique and I… Read More »The Hard Question

a self care wheel

Wellness Wednesday

(*We use self-care and intentional well-being to mean the same thing) It is Wednesday…so this post will be about intentionally taking care of YOURself. YOU. Why do we make this a recurring theme? If you attend any Resource Family Training, you will hear it there… Read More »Wellness Wednesday

family at court signing adoption papers

Judge Day

Published by Amanda Mueller Kitchens  · April 29, 2020  ·  Today is Lyla Joy’s Judge Day Anniversary! Tonight we have ketchup with hot dogs and lots of ice cream!! Just like with Gracie Girl last week, we celebrate resilience, enduring love, family AND remember belly families while honoring the ambiguous grief… Read More »Judge Day

boy leaning against wall, smiling

Two Sleeps

Published by Amanda Mueller Kitchens  · September 9, 2019  · Two more sleeps. Two. Two women. One boy. She gave him life. I now help him live it, watch him face it, guard him as he grows. She gave him his blue eyes and freckles. I get to see those eyes… Read More »Two Sleeps

3 kids holding hands and walking

Stuff. More Stuff

Published by Amanda Mueller Kitchens  · December 20, 2018  ·  The pages of Dominique’s story and mine intertwined while sitting around a table at a foster care support group. Like Dominique, my journey to this point started a little over seven years ago, when my husband and I became what is… Read More »Stuff. More Stuff

butterfly on boy's finger

If I Saw You Again…

September 11, 2020 It is our boy’s birthday today. He is lovely, intense, loyal, explosive and rigid, playful, quirky, curious, smart and thoughtful. He yearns to be loved and accepted, and yet struggles to show his connection and feelings to people. His soul seems, at… Read More »If I Saw You Again…

a heart ornament that says "a wee hug"

*Hugs*

Amanda here. If you know me well, you know I am not a hugger. Friends and family tell stories of my cringing or having a panic face as people approach for the hug. I am a classic overthinker, so it just makes for an awkward… Read More »*Hugs*