There is this flooding mix of emotions when you start to watch your child, realizing that she isn't all yours.
One of my biggest fears is that my adopted daughter might someday wrestle with the addiction issues that plague her biological bloodline.
When people find out we chose an open adoption, this question inevitably follows.
She had me at her love of a good bacon, egg, and cheese.
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 […]
There are a lot of things about adoption that are similar to pregnancy and birth. In general, adoption is more about paperwork and less about a body changing to make a whole new person, but I have seen changes in my body, and my heart has certainly shifted to make space for each of our […]
Today marks three months since a judge in Ethiopia told us that Elvie was ours, and we took her out of the care center. Our daughter, forever. Some of my memories of that day are a little fuzzy, but others are crystal clear. I remember arriving at the courthouse a little later than the specified […]
All week I’ve been getting ready for the social worker’s visit on Saturday…sort of. I’m afraid that even in this regard we’re seeing a little Second Child Syndrome. The first clue is that I knew it would take a week to do it, and that it would never get all the way clean. The second […]
I told you all a couple of weeks ago that we had been sent an email with waiting children from our agency. We inquired about 2, and about a week later were notified one little boy was still looking for a family. Since then, we have been following the agency set guidelines of contacting a […]
It’s the usual for parents who adopt internationally to miss part or all of their baby’s first year, and that is true for us. In our first daughter’s case, we missed the first three years of her life, and in our new baby’s case, we missed the first four and a half months. However, the […]