Jess Graefe

Jess Graefe
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.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Foster Placement

So you want to be a foster parent! Congratulations and welcome to the club! My husband and I have been foster parents for just under 2 years now and in that time we've had 8...

10 Signs You Were Raised By A Filipino Mom

Filipino mothers are notorious for their weird traditions, superstitions, and parenting ideas. I spent a lot of my childhood believing that a lot of these traditions and superstitions were 100% completely normal and that...

To the Angel I’ll Never Meet: A Letter From a Heartbroken Mother

In September of 2017 we learned that our IUI had been successful and that we were finally going to be parents. On October 11th we discovered that something might not be right, but we...

A Journey Through Infertility

  Three years. One HSG. Twenty five (maybe more) ultrasounds. A ridiculous amount of blood draws. Too many doctors appointments. Nine rounds of clomid. Three rounds of a trigger shot. Two failed IUIs. Three miscarriages....

Infertility, Miscarriage, and Marriage

Infertility wreaks havoc on almost every aspect of marriage. Did you know that couples suffering from infertility, whether it be explained or unexplained, are three times more likely to end in divorce?  Did you know that...

4 Tips to Survive Your Home Study

When my husband and I started the process of becoming an open foster home in the state of Oklahoma, we knew that a home study was involved. However, we had no idea what to...