Update & An Idea

Happy day after Easter! It’s snowing here, which tells you why Jesus conquered death in the warmth of Jerusalem and not the nutso weather of Massachusetts. I heard from a friend recently. She noticed that I’d stopped blogging, and wondered if that meant things were a bit, well…unbloggable. If I’d gone offline because life had […]

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Adoption Shopping

Yesterday I was going through old Amazon orders and came across a whole section I recognized as my “The Cherubs are coming!” shopping frenzy – items we bought hoping they would make the kids feel loved and welcomed, help us get to know each other, and meet practical needs (like how we had one twin […]

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Fielding Questions About WHY

Today’s adoption question is from Sarah: How do you handle questions your kids have about WHY? *** We had a really good plan for this. It fell apart immediately upon impact with reality, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. OUR PLAN was to focus on the positives. Not in a Pollyanna-ish way, but to […]

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Part of the Chaos

I spent yesterday pulling giant pink ceramic tile up off of the kitchen floor. It was loud and chunks of stuff everywhere, whacking me in the face and hands and knees…it was total tumult, and yet sooooooo satisfying.  It felt like a metaphor for life: how once you accept the fact that there’s really no […]

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She’s Buying Stairway to Heaven

We are all moved in and (most) of the boxes are unpacked, ripped, flattened and subdued into orderly piles for the recycling truck that comes next week. Life is approximating some sort of order again, although I don’t yet have a routine for anything except hitting the toggle on the coffee maker before going out […]

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Time to Move!

I said goodbye to my library today. The O’Neill branch of the Cambridge Public Library might be the friendliest place I’ve ever experienced. Of all the towns I’ve lived in, this is the only library where the librarians initiate conversations – we’ve talked about books, naturally, but also discussed current events (Gobble Tov!), shared silly […]

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On Knowing When to Walk Away (and When to Run :))

WTA tennis player Marion Bartoli stunned the world last week when she announced her retirement in her first tournament back after winning Wimbledon earlier this summer. “I’ve been a tennis player for a long time,” she said, “I had a chance to make my biggest dream a reality. I felt I really, really pushed through […]

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