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Sane Poems for Insane Moments: A Foster and Adoptive Mother's Journey Conveyed Through Stories and Poetry
     

Sane Poems for Insane Moments: A Foster and Adoptive Mother's Journey Conveyed Through Stories and Poetry

by Laurie Kay Everett
 
Laurie and her husband, Vance, are the parents of eleven adopted children, many having come into their family first as foster children. They are also the legal guardians of another child, and Laurie is a second mother to another adult child. Some of the children are of mixed races; some have been categorized as difficult-to-place because of physical challenges such as

Overview

Laurie and her husband, Vance, are the parents of eleven adopted children, many having come into their family first as foster children. They are also the legal guardians of another child, and Laurie is a second mother to another adult child. Some of the children are of mixed races; some have been categorized as difficult-to-place because of physical challenges such as deafness, blindness, and microcephalic anomalies.
The included stories and one hundred forty six beautifully inspired poems of this Christian-oriented book highlight how Laurie Everett's children came to be a part of her family, including those heart-wrenching experiences of losing some of the children. It touches upon many of the varied facets of raising special-needs children, including attachment disorder, respite care, aftermath of child abuse and the effect that has on the family, reactive attachment disorder, a variety of other disorders and dysfunctions (a few of the many included: narcissistic personality disorder co-dependency, OCD, and ADHD), reality of parenting difficult and special-needs children, adoption, birth mothers, therapy, healing and overcoming, accommodating attitudes and perceptions, and surviving family dissonance.
The poems that express each story or event are creatively formatted so that the reader actually sees a picture of the subject matter of the poem.
This is a must read for anyone contemplating adopting children or even raising their own or step-children. It gives great insights to the challenges and satisfaction that can come to any mother or mother figure.
Volume 2 is set for publishing January 2013 and Volume 3 will follow in the fall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615499246
Publisher:
Lunar Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Edition description:
LUNAR PUBLISHING
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Kay Gunn Everett was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, until the age of six when she moved to Provo, Utah, where her father attended school. Her father's continued schooling took the family back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for two years and then on to Richmond, Kentucky, where she went through some of her most memorable childhood experiences. Her family lived on a ten-acre farm where fresh milk from the cow resulted in freshly churned butter and ice cream, the chickens provided meat and eggs, her mother made bread every day, the family worked together in the garden, and she and her sister enjoyed riding horses through the green Kentucky hills.
When Laurie was fifteen her family returned to Provo where her father became a professor at Brigham Young University and spent his time writing several books. He eventually published two of them. Her parent's love of God and written poetic expressions gave birth to the same traits and talents within her.
While attending Brigham Young University studying Humanities with an emphasis in Therapeutic Family Life, she met fellow-student Vance Everett. They were married on October 28, 1976. Laurie and Vance are the parents of eleven adopted children, many having come into their family first as foster children. They are also the legal guardians of another child, and Laurie is a second mother to another adult child. Some of the children are of mixed races; some have been categorized as difficult-to-place because of physical challenges such as deafness, blindness, and micro-cephalic anomalies.
Searching for ways to reach and help her children, Laurie co-founded SAFF Care (Safe Adoptive Families for Children at Risk Emotionally), an organization which offered support for adoptive families and lobbied government to recognize the rights of adopted children. In meeting the specific needs of her own children, she has home-educated some and enrolled others in Tae Kwon Do. She, also, began training, achieving the rank of Third Dan instructor and becoming a state champion in forms and sparring.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laurie has taught in its women and children's organizations. She has accompanied her husband on his travels with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir throughout North America and Europe. Finding time for practicing piano, paper-cutting artwork, and writing are some of the ways Laurie has been able to deal with the demands and stresses of raising special-needs children.
Because it is her earnest desire to reach out to and connect with others who may face similar challenges in child-rearing, she has compiled a portion of the over-five hundred poems she has written in response to her day-to-day challenges.

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