Despite growing up a farm girl, I’m not much of a gardener. 
I’ve done enough to admire the work and commitment of those who are. 

Ever planted a flower bed or vegetable garden with a very young child? 

You likely didn’t require them to do all of the work themselves. You probably did some prep work to acquire the seeds and get the soil ready. And I imagine you let them do the most fun and most pivotal part — planting the seeds. 

Doing the fun part helps motivate us to do the harder parts. As moms we have big jobs in the lives of our children and I know that as a Christian woman you are committed to do this important God-given job to the fullest (or else you feel demoralized and defeated).  

But just as the young child whose role of planting the seeds has a lot of supporting tasks done by someone else, we don’t plant the garden all by ourselves when it comes to our mom roles. Just as a young child may not plant their seeds well if they’re distracted or overloaded with too many tasks, or tires of it once the fun wears off, we can lose sight of our task of planting seeds of love. 

It’s not that uncommon for a mom in a post adoptive family in which there has been a prolonged season of deep struggle to develop what is sometimes called compassion,
fatigue, secondary trauma or an overall feeling of just going through the motions without a sense of compassion or feelings of connection — sometimes even feeling like love, both coming & going, has dried up. 

Planting Seeds of Love… Despite the Obstacles

In this episode I want to talk about our job as mom’s to plant seeds of love and continue doing so and how planting those seeds of love can be intentional ways that we can remain loving, even when we’ve lost that loving feeling.

Renewed Commitment 

First, we need to renew our commitment to planting seeds of love, demonstrating love in ways our children will accept and receive. It may take some effort to discern and discover just how to do that in the face of current challenges. 

Regained Focus

A close second is to regain our focus. If you’re distracted by things such as negative behaviors, extreme health needs of one child keeping you from planting those seeds of love in the others, your own hypervigilance to safety threats, it’s easy to lose your focus on consistently planting seeds of love.  

Realistic Plan

Third, we may need a strategic plan to break through or get around those barriers and obstacles we mentioned. If you missed the last episode in this series on obstacles to planting seeds go back and listen to that recording. 

Real Support

Finally, we need support. We may need to offload some of our other tasks in order to free ourselves up for and prioritize this one.  Planting seeds of love. 

There are other seeds we want to plant as well. In following episodes will talk about seeds of learning and seeds of growth. But I wanted to start out with seeds of love because it’s the crucial and primary type for us to focus on planting in our families. 

Nothing without Love

We know the verses that begin the “love chapter” of the Bible, I Corinthians 13, verses 1-3 which say:

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Open & Closed…& Open to Love

Perhaps you don’t feel those loving feelings that you felt earlier; you may have lost a sense of connection with your child, your spouse, even for God. You are feeling drained and dried up with nothing much left to give. You may also be walled up because of the vulnerability that you feel when you open yourself up emotionally to another family member who you’ve been hurt by and rejected by again and again.

You’re not the only one. And it’s not uncommon. Better yet, there’s hope for getting past this. I hope this episode has been eye-opening and encouraging to you. I invite you to join our free guided Facebook group and if you’re interested in working privately with me through post-adoption coaching you can reach out to me by email at or use the contact menu option at the top of this webpage.

And as always, 


Dawn T. Baggett
Post Adoption (Mom) Coach 


Are you an adoptive mom? 
Me too!

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Through these avenues it’s my desire that many adoptive moms are able to close the gap and feel fully supported in a way that align with their Christian values and helps them grow in their faith while feeling more confident and empowered in their mom roles and beyond. 

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