Author Archive | Jess Graefe

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How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photo Shoot – 6 Tips From a Pro

You’ve just had your bouncing bundle of joy! Congratulations!  Have you booked your newborn photographer yet? If you haven’t, you’re really missing out!  Yes, you may be running on 4.130094 minutes of sleep. Yes, you may not feel like yourself. Your husband will definitely complain about yet ANOTHER baby expense. I promise you though, despite […]

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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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