Heather has called the Fort Worth area home since 1995, after growing up as an Army brat and preacher's kid. She's married to her college sweetheart, Chris (Sic' Em Bears!). Their kids include Collin (1999) and his wife Elizabeth (1999), Cooper (2001), and Caris (2004). Heather is the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, The Adoptee Collective, which offers lifetime adoptee support and post adoption resources, as well as pre-adoption education. Heather is also a TBRI® Practitioner. Heather has authored and published multiple books and she finds joy in using her gifts, time, and energy toward her life goal to finish empty.
A mom holds her newborn infant daughter.

5 Truths Every Adoptive Parent Must Know

Adoption is a complex way to build a family, beginning from a primary loss experienced by all parties.
An older woman sits on the couch writing in a notepad with her computer open.

3 Things Your Empty Nest Self Will Thank You for Doing

I remember her gray hair and amused smile, there in the baby aisle at Target. I wrestled my two small sons very late in my third pregnancy. She clucked her tongue and said, "Oh,...
Take time to recognize the signs of burnout.

5 Ways to Cope with a Narcissist in Your Family

A narcissist is not just a self-absorbed person but is someone who functions in relationship with all-encompassing need to be admired and devoid of empathy for others.

Wish You Were Here, Dad

Life is such a clash of grief and joy. Somehow, in the decades since I last held your hand, I sense you teaching me to relish the juxtaposition of laughing through the tears. 
mother and child holding a heart

What Every Foster Youth Needs from You

What every foster youth needs from everyone is to see him or her in totality, looking beyond behavior.
Teenagers give advice on how to raise teens.

Middle School Parents :: It’s Too Soon to Panic

A friend once told me that that two hardest seasons in life are your own middle school years and then your children’s. Can I get an amen?
Staying honest and setting boundaries can help parents when their teenagers start dating.

Parenting High Schoolers Through Dating

We discussed the natural feelings of liking someone, handling this by choosing to sit together at lunch, or being part of group gatherings for birthdays or school events.