Tag: Heart mama

Meet the Mama – Marleen Meyvis, About International Adoption from Belgium

Marleen and I met over Instagram and connected over the fact that we’re both raising young South African kids thanks to transracial adoption. Although there are many stories of unethical international adoptions hitting the news these days, I have all the time in the world for parents who adopt internationally when its the best match for the kids involved and when the parents truly make an effort to expose their kids to their South African culture. This July they’re coming over for a holiday with their full extended family, so say please give them a friendly welcome if you see them. Thank you for sharing your story, Fleerackers family! Continue Reading

Adoption Photo Challenge – Part Two of Three

Are you ready for Part Two of my #heartmamajoy posts from the Adoption Awareness month photo challenge on Instagram? Coming right up!

Day 11, SCREENING |  Meet Cliffie, our wonderful Social Worker from Wandisa, who is an honorary member of the family after walking three adoption journeys with us. Cliffie has been to our home countless times yet always managed to get lost finding her way, shared heartache and joy with us & always made a point to pray for our family at every visit. She’s a special one, even attending Kira’s baby dedication. This pic is from our last follow up visit earlier this year.Continue Reading

Adoption Photo Challenge – Part One of Three

November was Adoption Awareness month featuring World Adoption Day on 9 November. I wasn’t always a fan of #WorldAdoptionDay, but have realised that it’s a great platform for us to talk adoption and share the good, the bad (& the ugly) with each other. With this in mind, I put out the challenge for other (South African) adoptive parents to join me for a 30 day photo challenge on Instagram using prompts as inspiration for them to share part of their adoption story – stories are important, it’s the way we can learn & encourage each other. I was stoked that so many people took up the challenge, with 507 public posts on the #heartmamajoy hashtag! Continue Reading

Cocoa From Cocoa Cherry Is Dark & Lovely Just Like Your Daughter

Social media is just crazy, I love how it makes the world a smaller place and how I’ve been able to connect with so many other adoptive moms. It helps to know that I’m not alone on this journey as a heart mama. I recently spotted Cocoa Cherry on Instagram and ‘met’ Liz who makes the most gorgeous range of fabric dolls and animals. I was so excited to learn that she is also an adoptive mom and this is the story behind the Knysna brand Cocoa Cherry: Continue Reading