May is Foster Care Month. This was something that didn’t make it onto my radar before, but now that I am an adoptive parent, I find myself chatting with many parents who are foster parents presently or have adopted through the foster care system.
Since both of our daughters are Ethiopian, we celebrate the major Ethiopian holidays throughout the year. Due to a calendar difference, Christmas in Ethiopia is celebrated on an entirely different day than it is celebrated in the US. This means that we get to have two Christmases in our family and extend our holiday season. MORE »
My daughter chooses her own ensembles nearly every day, but we do still have some rules about what she can and can't wear.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a very fancy outfit to wear to parties and the special Christmas Eve service we attend, but once all those special events are over, and Christmas Day rolls around, what we really want is to relax and enjoy the day together as a family. I love the idea of MORE »
In our house, we are fans of sparkles and sequins and all things shiny. One thing I love about the holidays is that I can find plenty of options to stock my daughters’ wardrobes with sparkly pieces that are casual enough for every day, but fancy enough to make them smile. Zinashi’s wardrobe is in MORE »
Today we are celebrating being Elvie’s family for four whole months. I still can’t think about the day she became ours without crying, and I am so grateful for all that we have been given these four months. These days it feels like it’s been a lot longer than four months that she’s been with MORE »
When Elvie was in the middle of her second hospital stay, I expressed concern that she wasn’t getting much of her medicine down because she had developed rather sophisticated ways of spitting it back out. Just when I thought I’d figured out a new way to trick her into swallowing it, she would figure out MORE »
I have written before about how I gain weight after adopting my children, and that this is not an uncommon experience for adoptive parents, nor should it be any big deal. What has surprised me this time around is that even though I have returned to normal levels of activity and am eating as well MORE »
We love to travel as a family, and we have traveled both times we adopted our daughters, and had both of them in our care in a hotel or guest house situation. We’ve also traveled internationally and domestically with Zinashi, and we intend to continue to take trips as a family now that Elvie is MORE »
Over the holidays last year, we moved from Kansas City to San Francisco, and when we made the move, we decided to sell our car and use public transportation as our primary means of getting around our new city. It’s worked out brilliantly so far, but we do still need to use a car sometimes. MORE »
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