Author Archive | Jess Graefe

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How To Get Involved With Foster Care (Without Becoming a Foster Parent)

There are more than 400,000 foster children in the United States. In the state of Oklahoma, there are approximately 9,600* children in DHS custody.  Becoming a foster parent is a commitment that not everyone can make. Foster care demands copious amounts of time, love, forgiveness, and patience… and not everyone can give the amount necessary […]

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10 Signs You Were Raised By A Filipino Mom

Filipino mothers are notorious for their weird traditions, superstitions, and parenting ideas. I spent a lot of my childhood believing that a lot of these traditions and superstitions were 100% completely normal and that they were things all my friends’ parents did as well. As I aged out of my teenage years and left home […]

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A Journey Through Infertility

  Three years. One HSG. Twenty five (maybe more) ultrasounds. A ridiculous amount of blood draws. Too many doctors appointments. Nine rounds of clomid. Three rounds of a trigger shot. Two failed IUIs. Three miscarriages. Hundreds of negative pregnancy tests.  This has been my life for the last three years.  Infertility is tough. It’s draining […]

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4 Tips to Survive Your Home Study

When my husband and I started the process of becoming an open foster home in the state of Oklahoma, we knew that a home study was involved. However, we had no idea what to expect or plan for during the process. I’m the kind of person that like to be 100% prepared for anything and […]

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