Giving Voice to Siblings Part 1

In a recent comment, a reader asked if I’ve written much about siblings and I realized that, although I’ve spoken on the topic, I haven’t published much about the impact of adopting children from “hard places” on children already in the family. This article was originally published on another site, which explains the more formal […] ...more

My Learning Curve: When Her Heart Broke

On Wednesdays I go to my vault of posts (there are 1700, friends!), and share a My Learning Curve post from the past. Today’s post is from June 2009, when we had just begun traveling to Seattle for therapy with Deborah Gray. As the family cleared the table last night, Kalkidan...more

Tuesday Topic: How do You Maintain Contact with Siblings?

This question was lost in the recesses of my inbox until today. It’s an important topic for many of us as we seek to parent our children well. How do you maintain sibling contact with your child(ren) who have multiple siblings adopted to multiple families ....more

He Was There

Last week I wrote about my fear of driving past the site of the accident; thank you for extending grace to me as I process my...more

Sunday Gratitude 8.30.15

giving thanks #1671 – 1680 Isaiah arriving today for a ten day visit a great first week of college for Annarose date night with Russ for the first time in ages arrival of a replacement part for our lawn mower – it’s a good thing we don’t live in a neighborhood because it took awhile […] ...more

Christmas Ornaments and Culinary School

I went to bed last night knowing that today would be the 27th, eight months since the accident. I know I’m not exactly attracting readers to my blog by writing more about grief; I told myself – once a week at the most – but I can’t do anything else today, I just can’t. Thanks […] ...more

My Learning Curve: Catching Hunger Early

This post, from February 10, 2009, launched My Learning Curve, a series of posts with practical tips for parenting children from “hard places.” I’m reaching back deep into my archives to share some of the best posts with you (with updates) over the next weeks. I hope you find them helpful. Kalkidan...more

Tuesday Topic: Should We Change Our Child’s Age?

Look at us! Tuesday Topics two weeks in a row. Did you enjoy reading the responses to last week’s question as much as I did? ...more

Sometimes Lightening Strikes

On Hannah’s last day at the beach, we took a long walk at low tide. Strolling along the tide flats, we searched for beach glass and admired the beautiful houses on the far end of the bay. As we walked, the wind picked up and the sky grew darker ....more

Where are They This Summer? [Mimi and Samuel]

Summer is nearly over and I have not yet finished this little series of updates! I’m going wrap up my big kids today. Mimi had a summer full of travel ....more