Episode #7: Laura Riness, Ebony Girl in an Ivory World

Laura Riness is a transracial adoptee from Minnesota.  She grew up on her family’s farm along with three Korean-born siblings and four Caucasian siblings.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Child and Family Studies from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently working on her doctorate degree.  In this episode, Laura shares her thoughts, memories, and reflections of being adopted into a Caucasian home and community as an infant.  Laura is one of the main session speakers as the Voice of the Adoptee at the upcoming Joy for the Journey Retreat.


Episode #6: Interview with Cheryl Carter on Adopting Multiple Multiples

Cheryl Carter shares her family’s  journey to adopting four boys; two sets of biological twins.  Cheryl is the co-founder of Joy for the Journey Ministries.  Cheryl Carter is a presenter at Joy for the Journey Retreat this November.  Cheryl is also a freelance parenting writer, homeschool leader and the author of nine books, including Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child, Chasing God and the Kids Too and Getting Organized and Staying Organized.

This November 15 to 17, she is presenting a Writer’s Intensive Workshop, a Power Session:  Lying, Cheating, and Stealing…Oh My! and a workshop Pages from a Lifebook at Joy for the Journey Retreat.


Episode #5: Interview with Johanna Cannelongo

Grab a cup of coffee and a quiet place as Johnna Cannelongo inspires you to trust God through your adoption journey.  Johanna is a mother of five beautiful blessings.  In this episode she will share how to trust God when you husband doesn’t have the vision for adoption, how they “choose” their daughter and advocating for orphans.  Johanna blogs about family, her faith and homeschooling at http://www.stopforflowers.com/ and advocates for China’s waiting children at http://stopforsnowdrops.blogspot.com/


Episode #4: The Zoe Blank Project

Naomi Quick is passionate about serving God through truth and compassion. She and her best friend, John, have been married just over 5 years and have 3 beautiful children, aged 4 and under. They are excitedly awaiting God bringing more of their children home through the adoption of a sibling group from foster care.  Birthed out of a love for Jesus and a heart for children, Naomi and John, founded Zoe Blanket Project in 2010. The ministry’s vision is to offer hope, extend the love and life of Jesus, and cover the hurting with the Word of God.

In this episode, Naomi shares what the Zoe Blanket Project is and how you can get involved with this ministry.  You can purchase your blanket at www.ZoeBlanketProject.org


Episode #3: An Interview with Laurie Cuchens, Retreat Presenter

Laurie Cuchens is an adoptive mom of five ranging in age from 2 years to 16 years old.  She has her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and works part-time as a Preschool teacher.  She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas and often speak at their adoption agency’s potential adoptive parent training on behalf of Transracial Adoption.  They have welcomed their children home via domestic infant adoption, open adoption, and older child adoption through the Foster Care System.  Laurie’s cherished hobby is planning and hosting birthday parties for her children. She blogs at www.adoptioncreatesfamilies.blogspot.com.

In this episode, Laurie will give you a peak into what she’ll be sharing at the retreat on infertility, transracial and older child adoption.