How it went

You now how sometimes things are just so awful that you’re overcome with inappropriate giggles and can’t stop? That was this past weekend. And by weekend I mean from last Thursday, through to last night at about 7:27pm. So six days of weekend, with me suspended in that high-pitched, wide-eyed, omigoshthiscannotbehappening state of internal disbelief. […]

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Hey! We’re Doing It!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the stories you shared with me this week. Your comments were SO encouraging. I especially love that we weren’t having a big pity party. Just the opposite, in fact – this became a spontaneous celebration of determination: Things sometimes suck, but we’re all working hard and tying the […]

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Mother’s Day

I just realized that Sunday is Mother’s Day. Holy crap, you guys. This holiday? My ongoing nightmare. And it’s not even The Cherubs’ fault. (It will be once the day passes and they’ve done nothing but throw together a magic marker card at 5pm because they saw a commercial on TV and thought, “Oh sh*t! […]

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Work Out for 12 months/gain 10 pounds!

Happy Monday! Monday is our favorite day around here, because it’s the day when the Cherubs go to school to spend seven hours learning all the things from people who aren’t me. They love it, I love it, it’s good for all involved. And it moves us toward the one big goal I have left […]

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When your boat becomes a raft…

Wow, it’s been A LONG TIME since my last post. I used to wonder why adoption bloggers would just disappear, going silent without warning after posting 3-4 times a week for years. Now I get it. Some of you adopted children from foster care in part because of what you read here about our experience. […]

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Adoption Question: What Do We Wish We’d Known?

A new adoption question from Karen: “I guess my questions would be centered around making that first decision: Is there anything you wish you’d considered before taking the plunge? Anything you wish you’d known going in, either about yourselves, your kids, or the adoption process?” This is such a good question! And yet the strange […]

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Did We Steal Our Kids?

I was deep down a YouTube rabbit hole, watching a series of videos by a fascinating, opinionated, extremely conservative woman who has given birth to 10 children. She offered a variety of helpful and entertaining thoughts about the logistics of it all – the importance of routine and structure, balancing nutrition with food that’s fun, […]

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Bad Breakfast Choices & Adoption Questions

I kicked off this second day of 2019 with leftover Chinese food, two spoonfuls of cottage cheese, and a stray chocolate chip cookie. It was every bit as gross as it sounds. On a happier note, I have reason for optimism: Christmas vacation is OVER (Hallelujah!) and it ended on a much better note than […]

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A Teardrop Year

Holy crap, this year was hard! Funny thing – Last December, I did one of those things where you ask God for a word for the coming year. I heard FUN. Well, clearly that was a mistake, because the word that best defines 2018 for us is CARNAGE. So much blew up or collapsed, I […]

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10 Days and counting…

We survived summer! The Cherubs aren’t in school quite yet, but #1 is at soccer tryouts right now, and #2 spent the morning at an 8th grade leadership workshop she didn’t want to attend, and we are close enough to resuming normal that I’m calling it done. Guess what? This summer didn’t suck! I’ve shared […]

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