Forever Family

Bobi Spilker
Forever Family

Forever Family

Bobi is blessed with three precious daughters, ages 4 years to 7 years old. Among other things she is a malaria prevention, social justice and antiracism activist who is on the board of Directors of Adoptive Families of SW Missouri. She enjoys creating community service educational programs in her community and partnering with communities in her children’s birth counties to support community-identified priorities such as malaria prevention and education, children education & sponsorships, and basic needs of clothing and shoes.

Holiday Traditions

Winter 2013: Embracing Blended Holiday Traditions

The holidays are my favorite time of year, filled with traditions, family and hope for the new year. My family is a joyous melding of multicultural traditions from roots that run deep and afar around the world. American, German, French-Canadian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian flavors blend to create infused family traditions that respect the past, give […]

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Back to School

Summer 2014: Stranger Danger More Complicated for Forever Families

Refreshing my kids about stranger danger safety takes priority as I think about back-to-school activities. Stranger danger is a complicated concept to teach children. After the tragic abduction and slaying of a precious ten-year old in our community, it’s even more important to me. As my children return to school, I entrust them to the […]

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WelcomeHome

Summer 2013: Welcoming Home a New Forever Family

The journey to motherhood is celebrated with meaningful rituals, traditions and shared moments. Showers are opportunities for the experienced mommas to share with the excited new ones. The welcome-home showers for my daughters are special moments that I will never forget and took place soon after my girls came home. For expecting adoptive mommies, there […]

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RespectingPast

Spring 2014: Respecting a past, building a future

I am ever respectful that my joy of being my kid’s mommy is from the tragic loss of their first mother. The complexity and depth of this has shaped the person I am becoming, as it will for my children throughout their lives. It pains me that I can’t heal this loss for the ones […]

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JourneyofAdoption

Spring 2013: From paper pregnancy to motherhood

I’m mom to three precious daughters, ages two, three, and five years old. Like most moms I know, I have a phone full of pictures that I’m eager to show. We are an ordinary family who came to be by extraordinary circumstances—the miracle of adoption. My kids grew in my heart as they grew in […]

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Setting Priorities

Fall 2014: Setting Priorities

Life is fast paced, and I’m inundated with distractions vying for my family’s attention. I strive to budget our time to be with the ones we love and do what’s truly important to us. Any budget is a challenge, but none more important to me than our family priorities. I see this same tug-of-war play out […]

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Back to School

Fall 2013: Learning Positive Adoption Language

It’s back-to-school time, and I’m reminded that words are powerful. I adore words: to speak them, read them, contemplate them, be uplifted by them, help my three young daughters learn them and hear what they have to say with them.   For many, adoption involves a process for which there seems little common language. Honestly, […]

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