I was dismissed from morning drop-off this week. I mean, not entirely - I still have to drive the car - but as we approached the school on Tuesday morning, my daughter said to me:"Last time, Mama just dropped me off."...more
My husband and I have three children by birth, a large house, three acres of land, and a love for children. We wanted to adopt a child. We became foster parents first. Our first and only foster child was a two year/two month old boy named Aaron. He came to us sick with an ear infection, and a prescription for an antibiotic that was three weeks old. He had just been in a foster home for three months. He lived with his birth Mom for 20 months. He was taken out of the home because of neglect, they lived in a motel, no job, no parenting skills. Sh...more
She was sobbing that she wished she was only six one morning and an idea popped into my head. We missed out on her first nine birthdays. Her tenth birthday was the first one we were part of and it was the first birthday party she’d ever had. I decided to redo all of the others.
Adopting children from a foreign country is so glamorous, so heroic, attention-getting, show-stopping. If you adopt a child from another country, your friends will admire you and strangers will call you a saint. You, on the other hand, know the truth. You're going to another country to adopt a child because you will go to any lengths required to have a child. Let's be frank.Still, of the adjectives above, one rings true. Heroic....more
After the Supreme Court decided against a biological father in the so-called “Baby Veronica” case two months ago, I found myself worried not just for the family in the case, but for adoption in general. Adoption is riddled with misunderstanding and the mainstream media tends to exacerbate the problem rather than clarifying.
Are you a dog lover? Do you think you might become one, if you give it a chance? Has your child been begging for a dog? If you do decide to get a new dog, you could be "saving lives two at a time"!
Adding a canine member to your family might be just what the doctor ordered! Owning a dog can be a therapeutic experience. See this excellent article The Therapeutic Benefits of Pets to learn how caring for a pet can make you happier and healthier.
My son had gotten to the dentist first. He was leaning back in a waiting room chair, wearing a white beater and black basketball shorts, black ankle socks and his prized black Adidas. He had on a white baseball cap, too big for his head, with a flat brim with a shiny manufacturer's sticker on it. I wanted to take the cap off his head, bend the brim so it looked like a real baseball cap, so it looked like a cap that my son, the athlete, would wear. Today, he didn't look like an athlete....more
This week the Supreme Court has made some pretty big decisions. Many are looking at the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the refusal to hear the case against California's Prop 8 as wins for families of all types. But that wasn't the only win for families this week to come out of the Court....more