Black Girl, White Mom: Part 2

  So my last post, I stomped my mama bear paw and pointed my finger and wondered out loud. ...more

When We First Met

What a beautiful tribute to your son..thank you for posting.more

Holding Up Your Face

Have you noticed that it takes more effort these days to hold up your face?Maybe you are a lot younger than me, and haven’t discovered that yet. Maybe it’s just me. I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t look so bad, but when I see a photo of myself, I wonder what happened.Well, I discovered the truth. In the mirror I inadvertently hold up my face. A photograph catches me slack-jawed.I read one writer who asked the question “How does your writing look at its relaxed state? Do we let it drop like our faces? “...more

it's easy loving orphans

If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know I care about orphans. I write about them often, and I'd love to dedicate more of my time and energy to loving them better, finding better solutions for them, and getting them in loving homes quickly.And I think I will....more
Kids are any day gift of the almighty and they are the ones that can make your whole world. An ...more

How the Woman Behind Ohio's New Adoption Law Helped Me Find My Family

In my baby book there is an empty page titled "About The Day You Were Born." And on the page where my birth certificate belongs, there is a handwritten note detailing my ethnic background with a picture of the day my parents brought me home, at eight-months-old, from the Catholic Adoption Agency in Cleveland, Ohio. 18 years ago, without the sealed records of my birth and adoption, I searched for and found my birth parents. Putting the pieces of my past together filled the empty spaces in my life. Finding my family moved my future forward. ...more
The story is really inspiring one. Birth mothers do have a large heart and they often tend to ...more

Family Christmas

An Orphan Boy for Christmas

Recently, I was visited by The Ghost of Christmas Past just as surely as was Ebenezer Scrooge in the well-known Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol.  While preparing for the most important holiday of the year, I began thinking of former celebrations – all the way back to my childhood. As a little girl, Christmas couldn’t have been more wonderful. An only child, I was doted on by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles....more

beauty for ashes

We have some good news to share with you, but before we share it I need to unpack some things. (Stay with me.)...more

Love Only a Mother Can Know

December 13, 2007Dear Ana Lu,Hey there my sweet girl! It’s been an exceptionally busy day for us, I’m exhausted. I just changed you, gave you a pacha, sang an off-key lullaby, laid you down in your crib and kissed you goodnight. I’m beat....more

Thinking about Adoption? Ten Things to Ponder

It's National Adoption Month. Sometimes I wonder why everybody doesn't adopt children. Other times, I wonder why anyone would. I'm not ambivalent, just multi-faceted. In honor of National Adoption Month, I decided to make a list of the top ten things to think about before you adopt a child. These will not have been things that I, myself, thought about before adopting three children but that shouldn't stop the reader from finding them terribly useful....more