Storytime Adoption

Each night when my youngest goes to bed we read a story as part of our bedtime routine.  We have plenty of stories of her favorite cartoon characters, princesses and talking animals to choose from, but it’s the adoption books she loves best....more

The Baby Wait/Weight

Yes it's been years since we were in the waiting stage to become parents on our journey to parenthood, and yes our girls are now 8 and 6 years old. But I am still struggling with the Baby Wait/Weight. The weight I gained while on hormones and then being home while waiting and having food at the ready.Excuse 1,000,000,000 now that our lives are in the fast lane with school for each girl, after school activities and more our dinners at times are whatever the quickest to throw together can be.  Not the best way to eat nutritious I agree....more

Can differences divide?

This summer our girls attended Girl Scout day camp.  This was their 3rd year there.  It is a great full-day camp that runs for 9 days in the hills of Berkeley in Tilden Park.  What was especially nice this summer, is at this camp our girls can reconnect with some of their friends from the town we used to live and moved from over a year ago.It's taken me a bit to digest the first week of this summer camp and why I'm sharing now in late September....more

Dear Birth Mother

Dear Birth Mother, Happy Birthday to our little girl who turns 5 today.  I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since little Sophia was born into this world. Firstly, I want you to know that our Sophia is a beautiful, spirited, loving little girl who is much loved by her family and friends.  Her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is noodles of any kind.  She loves to play with her older siblings who dote on her and adore her. ...more

Grateful For My Hysterectomy: Surrogacy & Adoption

Amidst the balloons, the flying wrapping paper, the half-eaten cupcakes and toys haphazardly strewn about the house, I’m reminded why today is special. It’s not just my eldest daughter’s 10th birthday, but it’s also the anniversary of my induction into the hyster-sisterhood....more

The Oscar de la Renta Adoption Story

Like for many, the news of Oscar de la Renta's death was a heavy loss, not only to the fashion world, but to humanity. As I heard piecemeal news of his life and legacy, I learned something new. Read more. Kristina @orphantoadoption...more
MirahRiben Perhaps taken in the context that De la Renta was asked if he felt his pending ...more

Should a Mother Lose her Child because of One Mistake?

Close your eyes and imagine this:Imagine that your beloved father dies suddenly and in your grief, you make a mistake. You drink too much and sleep with an old friend.Imagine that you become pregnant form this and, understandable, your significant other of 7 years is upset, but you really want this baby. You feel it is the last piece of your father coming though and you want to name this baby after him....more
Please, please, please, give this baby back. You know it is the right thing to do but someone in ...more

Is Adoption Really Loving Someone Else's Child?

Adoption is a large part  of my family’s life story, thus a well-meaning comment really took me by surprise. Read more. Kristina @orphantoadoption...more
Very well said!more

The First Days Home With an Adopted Child

Read more. Kristina @eastwestchic...more

{Foster Care} Officially Foster Parents!

The time has finally come. We are officially foster parents…whoop whoop! We have finished all things that we had to do to get our house opened.It’s actually really funny because I remember earlier this month, I was talking to my husband and it seemed like we had so much to do. And I just wasn’t sure if we were going to be opened this month. But now, I can’t figure out what I was worried about....more
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