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letter to readers its just a phaseYou're expecting!! Congratulations!!! I am sure I am not the first to tell you that it goes by quickly. And it does, SERIOUSLY. But luckily when my oldest son, now almost 15, was a few months old, I received a great cosmic gift to help me keep it all in perspective - one I want to share with you.

My husband and I were at church. I was holding my boy in my arms, and celebrating the feeling like I finally had my feet under me again. Standing directly in front of us was a teenaged boy with his mom on one side and his girlfriend holding his hand on the other. The mom keep stealing backward glances at us, each time with a visible flood of emotion coming over her. By the third or fourth time, tears were in her eyes and she gently reached out a put a hand on her son's arm. She looked me straight in the eye, then looked down at my son, and it felt like she willed me to take it all in and enjoy each moment that lay in front of us. I could see the years of memories surge through her, the joy of the experiences and the bittersweet noting of the end of an era.

It was then that I made a promise to myself to take it ALL in. The ups, the downs, and the in-betweens. It's all a phase, when it comes down to it. These words of my grandmother echo in my ear every day. When things are really great, they won't stay that way. But luckily, when things are really awful, they won't be for long either.

Bottom line is, having our kids under our roof is really just a phase. So no matter where you are on the roller coaster, remember, it won't stay that way for long!

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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