An "open" letter to your precious yet fairly anonymous Russian precious newly-minted 16 yr old son.

First...Let's start with some pictures of our celebration of "CHASE"! ...more
As a birth mother, this post was touching. AND FUN! And lovely.more

The First TIme...

Yesterday was the start of National Adoption Month.  Around our house I have been busy writing articles for Adoption.Com on different ways to celebrate the month, and we have all been sporting purple ribbons for adoption awareness....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
You can get many Russian hats here - http://www.soviet-power.commore

Gulag Bunny

I have a very odd sense of humor.  I love nothing more than embarrassing my children by car dancing at stop lights, or driving a white VW Beetle convertible covered with colorful daisy decals, or driving around in the same car, top down, with a stuffed deer head in the backseat.So, it isn’t really surprising that before I adopted Elle from Russia, I bought her an odd present....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Orphanages and Fairytales

Like most Americans, I remember the images of Romanian orphanages under Ceausescu’s rule.  I was appalled by the pictures of starved children, rocking, sitting, and lying in wooden cribs.  At the time, I could only imagine how these children had survived…or had they?...ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

The Gestures of a Nation

Before I adopted Elle from Russia, I had a preconceived idea of what Russians were like.  I remember the high stepping soldiers of the Soviet Army marching in Red Square behind the tanks and missiles, the Soviet gymnasts who seemed more like robots than young girls, and let’s not forget Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, the famous figure skating couple.  If it weren’t for Olga Korbut and her enchanting smile and bubbly personality, I would have assumed Russians were devoid of personalities all together....more

The Women in the White Coats

I started reading a new book last night, The Boy From Baby House 10.  It is the miraculous story of a boy who somehow managed to survive a Russian orphanage, be adopted by an American family, and grow up to be a healthy normal young man.  I read about the book on the blog ...more

Leap of Faith

There are few things in life that require us to close our eyes, hold our breath and leap.  Very few.  Most every decision we make in our life, we have the ability to make informed decisions.  What do I want to be when we grow up?  Should I take a job with that particular company?  Do I really want to marry this guy?...more

Russian Adoption Story In The Making

Today is Adoption Blogger Day so I welcome a guest post by my friend Michael Mangum. I had the great honor of writing a recommendation for their adoption. Here is their story:   When I was 8 years old, my favorite books were the Choose Your Own Adventure series. You know, the ones where you would read a few pages and then have to make a decision on what to do next. The story could change by simply turning to a different page.   That’s how I feel this morning after reading the headline, “Russia suspends U.S. adoptions”....more