Hail to the Chief

As an American, there are a few things I take for granted, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness being the big three.  I’m also guaranteed certain liberties such as the right of free speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to own a gun.Another right I have as an American that I don’t often think about is the right to be President of the United States.  Growing up, children are told they can be anything they want to be.  If they work and study hard, they can be a doctor, astronaut, or President....more

Going Home

Home is where the heart is.  But, for my daughters, their hearts aren’t just under my roof.As internationally adopted children, I know a part of them still resides in their birth countries.  As they grow up as red, white, and blue Americans, Elle is still Russian, and Bunny is still Guatemalan.And I love that about them....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Lost Opportunity

I am disappointed.  Disappointed at a lost opportunity.This morning, over a cup of coffee, I read this headline in the Hollywood Reporter.Jillian Michaels Warns Against International Adoption Unless You Have ‘A Lot Of Money’...more
@victorias_view That is what I wish she had done. After I got over being angry, I just felt ...more

Tamales and Borscht

Tomorrow is Bunny’s adoption day.  It’s been six years since we brought our little bundle of joy home from Guatemala.  Every year I think about holding her in my arms knowing she was finally mine.In years past we have celebrated with cake and singing, taking time to celebrate the expansion of our family.  Rather than sugary sweet confections this year, I’ve decided I want to try something different.  Tamales.  I want to make tamales....ContinueLanita Moss ...more

Scissor and Crayons

Sometimes international adoption can throw a curve ball when you least expect it.When Elle was in the lower grades of elementary school, she brought home an assignment.  They had been studying the 50 states in school and how the states related to the students.  The worksheet was a map of the United States with \instructions to color in the state where they were born.This presented a problem for Elle.  She wasn’t born in the US....ContinueLanita Moss ...more

Russian Hats

When I think of the Russians and what they wear on their heads, I think of furry military hats or colorful babushkas (head scarves) tied around the babushka’s (grandmother’s) heads. Before I adopted Elle, I rarely thought of baby beanies we put on our infants heads....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more
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Facts: Kidnapping Is Always a Crime and Adoption Desperately Needs Reform

I hate to read news like the story that rolled out of Guatemala yesterday and splashed into the adoption world like a boulder into a quiet lake. A judge in Guatemala has ruled that a six-year-old girl should be returned to her biological family. Because she was kidnapped and wrongfully placed for adoption. There are no winners in stories like this one, but the ripples of this ruling and subsequent news coverage will -- or should -- have far-reaching effects. ...more
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But We Thought She Was Ours

Earlier this month, a family’s world was destroyed.  A Liberty, MO family received notification that a Guatemalan judge had ordered the return of their seven-year-old adopted daughter.This story caught my eye because I have a six-year-old Guatemalan daughter, and Liberty is only 40 miles away from where I live.  So, it was hitting rather close to home....ContinueLanita Moss ...more

The Courage to be Angry

Our household has been a difficult place to be lately.  Like most parents, I am struggling to keep boredom at bay, without sacrificing every moment of my day to my children.But, the summertime boredom blues is not what is making this summer so hard.  My daughter, Hunter, is in the process of turning our family inside out....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Culture Camp

Summer is the time for culture camps designed to present some bits of first country culture to international adoptees.  Some people think culture camps are great.  Some people don't.  Last summer, our family attended an Ethiopian culture camp in Wisconsin.  For the most part, it was great.  Most importantly, Violet and Blueberry had a great time.What was great about culture camp for us?For Blueberry, who's not Ethiopian-born, camp was fun for the time she spent with friends, for the time she spent in the lake, and the dance party one night....more