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Aug 29 2018

CTLP Episode 79- Adopting Older Children and Parenting Special Needs with Nicole Puckett


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Show Notes-

In this episode of Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with Nicole Puckett. Nicole is a veteran homeschooling mom to 12 children, several of whom were adopted from here in the US. Nicole has a heart for supporting and empowering families, and she is the founder of Wildflowers International, a ministry to do just that in Uganda. Nicole also offers consulting services to adoptive families and homeschooling families alike to help them find answers to their unique challenges.

On today’s podcast MacKenzie and Nicole chat about the following topics:

  • The Puckett family’s journey to domestic adoption
  • How Nicole began finding resources and knowledge to help her children with their unique special needs
  • How Charlotte Mason’s philosophies have helped Nicole with her parenting even more than her homeschooling
  • The hard work of dealing with adoptive children’s unique trauma 


  • A glimpse into Nicole’s consulting services for adoptive or homeschooling families
  • How Nicole got involved in ministry in Uganda 
  • How Wildflowers International supports families and children in Uganda
  • What self-care looks like for Nicole with so much on her plate
  • Why Nicole and her friend started a local Charlotte Mason community 
  • Never giving up on ourselves or our children 

Current Lovelies-

Nicole: taking care of her personal health, making goals for their family and simplifying her life 

MacKenzie: taking breaks for listening to an audio book while still working hard on voice-overs and podcasts

Resources Mentioned-


Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson


A Delectable Education

Your Morning Basket

The Big Boo Cast

Find Nicole-

You can find Nicole Puckett and contact her regarding her consulting services on her website,

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join the Yellow Brick Road Membership community at

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