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
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
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
I'm new at this cross posting thing, but here's the one for today from... http://joyfulrhapsody.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/thankful-thursday/It’s the very first Thankful Thursday this November!Here are 6 things to be grateful for this month:...more
There's a growing trend in adoption: African-American children who are being adopted by European families. Reading recent stories in mainstream publications about this trend, as well as transracial adoption issues in North America, I see a lot of questions that never seem to get answered: How does race play into adoption decisions, by both potential adoptive parents and the agencies that work with them?...more
My daughters are weird, which surprises no one I’m sure. The apples didn’t so much fall from the weird tree as they fell into an orchard of weird trees and everywhere the rolled was more weird. I am considerably weird myownself, so this doesn’t phase me much. Nevertheless, sometimes the girls find something to obsess over that causes even me confusion....more
Reuters recently released a series of articles on parents who take it upon themselves to “re-home” their adopted children. The media is calling these children “unwanted” and implying that they are being thrown away without thought or care.Children being passed on to a new family with less effort than someone re-homing the class hamster is certainly a disgusting practice that needs our attention. ...more