Friday, September 30, 2022

How Do You Rise to the Challenge of Adopting Special Needs Children?

Children should feel unconditionally valued and accepted regardless of birth circumstance, race, or ability— Trisha Campbell and her family rose to this challenge and adopted five hungry orphans.


Trisha had three biological children but decided to ignore the stigma of white families adopting multi-racial children. 

They found their FOREVER FAMILY

Trisha K. Campbell is a mother, author, and advocate. After questioning her faith and volunteering in a third-world country, Trisha realized her true calling and God’s purpose for her life. A blended family with several special needs children came with many challenges.

During her interview, Trisha shares the pain, struggle, setbacks, and rewards of adopting and caring for a transracial family.

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Life in a big, transracial family can be difficult, especially when many in society don’t think White families should adopt kids of color. But when God is in the lead, every day is an adventure—never lonely, never boring.

A heartfelt memoir of God’s grand design for her life purpose, Eight Was Enough chronicles a devoted Christian parent’s journey in trusting God with unwavering faith to create a divinely inspired, transracial family. Full of spiritual insight for parents on their own adoption or fostering adventure, this true story will guide you through the sometimes difficult but always rewarding and adventurous path of adding a child to your home—and your heart.

You’ll discover:

  • How to find your purpose in parenting, the saving love of God, and truth of the scripture.

  • Multilayered challenges faced by parents during the adoption and foster care process.

  • Encouraging guidance for the unique difficulties of raising a boy or girl with special needs.

  • Relatable, amusing anecdotes collected while raising eight kids—because they say and do the darnedest things and sometimes you just need a laugh!

  • Creative parenting advice to handle discipline, difficult topics, tantrums, chores, and more.

A family is created through love and God’s purpose, not color or ability. Get Eight Was Enough now for the inspiration and hope to answer the calling on your own parenting adventure, no matter what comes your way.

Trisha shares more of her experience, insights, and encouragement in her Facebook group, A Dose of Hope with Adopted and Special Needs Kids. Learn more at





Sunday, September 25, 2022

How Do You Function When You Were Raised in a Dysfunctional Family?

How do you build a healthy relationship with your family when you grew up in a dysfunctional one? Are you ready to create that life and family you dream and desire? Would you like to know how to break off generational dysfunction? 

Phylis Mantelli is the author of the book Unmothered - Life with a Mom who Couldn't Love Me. She is a coach, mentor, speaker, and passionate advocate for helping women break off generational dysfunction. 


Through all the mess, even in her own journey of trials and mistakes, Phylis breaks through the pain and replaces it with the heart of a daughter who loves her mom unconditionally until her mom's passing in 2007.

After a failed marriage and the death of her baby boy, Phylis believed she did not deserve a happy life and family. She was broken. But she found her WORTH and can help you find yours too.

Your determination and life survival skills only last so long - Phylis shares how you can love unconditionally and overcome the pain of the past.

Phylis offers a six-week Patience and Grace Coaching course to help you create the family life you deserve and desire

Here is her remarkable story of the roller coaster journey of life with an alcoholic mother. She now coaches people on how to love unconditionally and overcome the pain of the past. 

In her memoir Unmothered, popular blogger and speaker Phylis Mantelli takes the reader on her roller-coaster journey of life with her alcoholic and narcissistic mother. 


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Phylis and her two siblings never know what to expect from their mom. The mom who bakes homemade chocolate chip cookies with hugs and smiles, or a raging, screaming mother who mocks and belittles them. The mom who cooks dinner, says a Hail Mary and promises she will do better, or the drunk mother who brings men home from bars and leads them to her daughters' room to show them off. Phylis just wants a mom who loves her and wants the best for her, but that mom rarely makes an appearance.

Though it breaks her heart to leave her baby sister behind, Phylis moves out of her mother's house as soon as she is able, hoping one day she will find the family of her dreams. 

What she discovers are more nightmares. Through it all, God never stops his pursuit of Phylis, and though she would like nothing more than to turn her back on her mother, every time her mom reaches out, Phylis takes her hand. 

By God's grace, Phylis eventually breaks through the pain and replaces it with a heart of a daughter who loves her mom unconditionally. Unmothered is a surprising memoir that offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with dysfunctional family relationships.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

How You Can Overcome Any Obstacle Life Throws at You

Joan Benson adopted two infants and two twelve-year-olds to complete what she hoped would be a loving permanent family. The older two boys had many complex emotional problems which made Joan and her husband feel it was above 'their pay grade.' 

Joan is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author/speaker. For 30 years, Joan has written educational articles that have been published in multiple magazines. Her debut historical fiction novel, His Gift, was published in 2020. 

Joan's life was shattered when she was in her forties and her childhood sweetheart, best friend, and only lover left the marriage for a woman 14 years younger. This devastated their Christian community beyond her own personal loss and sense of rejection.

This is only the beginning of her story!

During her jaw-dropping, amazing interview, Joan shares her story and how you can overcome any obstacle life throws at you - even at the most grievous times in your life.  

Brace yourself for a thrilling race through the twists and turns of a young woman determined to see her dream come true.

His Gift is a historical fiction novel set on the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929. The talented main character, Molly, has big dreams for a career in music after high school. Her challenge is to find peace and purpose when her world shifts in unimaginable ways.

His Gift has a classic theme for all who have lived life and experienced an unfulfilled dream. In times of great loss, there can be a consequent crisis of faith. Though this message is delivered through a girl's musical aspirations, the conflict is universal to anyone who has ever dared to dream. Molly discovers hope and peace in a life yielded to the Giver of all gifts.

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