Jess Graefe

Jess Graefe
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I'm a wife, foster mama, dog lover, amateur chef, instagram fanatic, starbucks addict, nurse turned photographer. I grew up in the Northern Virginia area and moved to Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma Christian University in 2008. I married my ruggedly-handsome high school sweetheart in 2014, started my own photography business in 2015, and opened our home for foster kiddos in 2016. I enjoy baking, loving on my fur babies, Thunder games, traveling, and date nights with my husband! I am so excited to share the ups and downs, highs and lows, heartbreaks and victories of foster parenting with you all. While we don’t yet have any permanent kiddos of our own, we are so blessed to be able to provide a home for children that need one and to talk about that process here.

Want Your Kids to Sleep All Night? Here’s How.

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Let me start out by saying that these 'rules' are not a one size fits all. However, in my years as a nanny to multiple sets of multiples and now as a mom to...

Mom of the Month: Senator Julia Kirt {February 2019}

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We love our mom of the month series! Do you know a special mom in our community who deserves some special recognition? Fill out the form and nominate a mom you know here! Thank...

517 Days. Fostered and Adopted (A Letter To My Children)

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517 Days.  That's how long I've waited for this moment.  You're no longer my foster daughter or my foster son, and our relationship is no longer 'complicated'. Now, you are my daughter and my son, and...

Mom of the Month: Brooke Mowdy {January 2019}

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Mom of the Month: Amber White {December 2018}

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Mom of the Month: Meredeth Duncan {November 2018}

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From 2 to 3 With 12 Hours Notice: A Foster Care Story

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It was early afternoon when my phone rang. I noticed it was our worker calling me and immediately picked it up.  "How do you feel about adding a one-month-old to your mix?"  Of course, we said...

Mom of the Month: Alice Benge {October 2018}

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How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photo Shoot – 6 Tips From a Pro

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You've just had your bouncing bundle of joy! Congratulations!  Have you booked your newborn photographer yet? If you haven't, you're really missing out!  Yes, you may be running on 4.130094 minutes of sleep. Yes, you may...

How Much Intrauterine Insemination Really Costs

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In the last year, my husband and I have undergone six intrauterine insemination cycles. Of those six cycles, we've had one successful round that unfortunately ended in miscarriage.  What I wish I had known prior...

How To Get Involved With Foster Care (Without Becoming a Foster Parent)

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There are more than 400,000 foster children in the United States. In the state of Oklahoma, there are approximately 9,600* children in DHS custody.  Becoming a foster parent is a commitment that not everyone can make....

Fostering While Infertile: What I’ve Learned On This Journey

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I am the one in four women who have experienced a miscarriage.  I am the one in eight women that have unexplained infertility.  I'm a foster mom and I struggle daily with wrapping my mind around...