Today is Erin Bohn’s Adoption Talk linkup, and the topic is Birth Families. Paige turned eight on Saturday. My parents’ gift arrived a little late, on Monday. My fault. Actually, Amazon’s fault. After Paige opened her gift from Grandma and Grandpa, she asked: “Mommy, did Ruth and David get me anything for my birthday?” Me: “Not that… Continue reading Openness in Adoption
This is re-blogged from Written Reflections. There’s been a lot of publicity about adoptees having access to their original birth certificate. This isn’t even a question my husband and I have considered because it was never a question. Of course they and will, and should, have access to their original birth certificate. Their original birth certificate is a… Continue reading What’s In a Name?
CHAPTER 38 AN UNEXPECTED VISIT I sit on the floor with Paige and Eli, next to her birthday presents. Eli hands Paige a box wrapped in white paper with pink birthday cakes. She examines it and touches the shiny paper. “Pull the ribbon,” Eli encourages. Paige reaches over and tugs but nothing happens. “Do you… Continue reading Chapter 38 – An Unexpected Visit
Since adopting my daughters about five years ago, I’ve learned a lot and have grown even more. Here are some some thoughts about my adoption experiences. I’d love to hear thoughts on this note, regardless of experience with adoption!!! 1. There is often the assumption that I adopted because I couldn’t have my own biological children. In fact,… Continue reading Adoption Pet Peeves (Adoption Talk Linkup)
I was asked to participate in an online discussion panel with Transfiguring Adoption, which develops media resources that nurture growth in foster & adoptive families. This discussion was called Thriving During the Summer and discussed things to do during those summer months when our kiddos are home 24/7. A useful discussion for all parents, not just foster-adopt. Please… Continue reading Thriving in Summer
The kids are exhausted after their day of presents and cupcakes so Andrew and I put them to bed early. Just as we’re sitting down to relax in front of the television, the phone rings. “Hello?” Andrew answers as I look at the time; it’s nine o’clock. “I’m putting you on speakerphone so Lynn can… Continue reading Chapter 34 – Happy Birthday, Payton (final)
Today is the last day of school for my kiddos. Eli leaves the neighborhood school he has attended for seven years, since kindergarten, and moves onto middle school (seventh grade). Payton will go into fourth grade, hopefully getting the teacher we requested, who knows her background. Paige will move onto second grade with less anxiety,… Continue reading Adoption Meanings