It was all about parenting the heart of your child and connecting with them, and not just focusing on their behaviors. It was based on decades of study done by Dr. Karyn Purvys from Texas Christian University and others. Dr. Purvys wrote a book called The Connected Child that I HIGHLY recommend- whether you are adopting or parenting biological children there is a lot to be learned from her work.
Gladney offers their training free of charge to any parent adopting through them, so if you are adopting through Gladney talk to your case-worker for info on the Pathways training.
The other highlight of our trip was finally meeting Emily and Moody Alexander face to face! They have been an important part of our adoption journey. God used them to bring us to our beautiful daughter.
It felt like we had known them for years! We were all so transparent and authentic with each other. Only mutual love for God and His glory can form bonds and friendships like that! So looking forward to hanging with them this spring in Cali!
P.S. Alexanders- Thanks for the Babes chicken fried steak. I can't stop thinking about it! :)