This week, one of our teeny boys, Asher, was gifted some water floats. He loves to swim. Asher is a good swimmer, but not a safe one. He doesn't stop attempting to swim, even if the water is freezing cold. When we are outside, we put him in a flotation device whether it is appropriate... Continue Reading →
The New #8. In a semi-long nutshell.
Well friends. We are D.O.N.E.We always considered the possibility of Auggie. The possibility of the little boy with the big eyes and the gaunt face. That boy. The boy that started us on our road to international adoption. The boy that became unavailable before we could get him. So we got our sweet and wild... Continue Reading →
Happy Mother's Day, Moms. Adopted. Biological. To all the moms. This is your day. This morning Asher pooped on my foot, the bath mat, the floor, and the tub. Again. Happy Mother's Day to me. I used to think today was about me. wrong and wrong. Mother's Day around here brings about BIG emotions. Because... Continue Reading →
As a mom... Sometimes, I am wrong. Sometimes, I am afraid. Many times, I don't know what I am doing. There is just so much uncharted territory. Parenting children with special needs has proven especially heart-wrenching. It would be so easy to excuse behaviors. But, I cannot. I will not. This week has been hard. We... Continue Reading →
2014 is almost gone.
2014 will be a memory in short order. For our family, 2014 has been wonderful and horrible. Exhilarating and frightening. It has been a year of extremes for me. Maybe that is standard...I don't know.This year, obviously, one of our enormous life-changes was adding our two teeny boys to the family. I am not sure... Continue Reading →
I have spent National Adoption Awareness Month (aka November) trying to understand more about the workings of the Department of Social Services. It has been an emotional month.I keep hoping there will be a great story. I anxiously await any of the former foster youths to tell me, "foster care made such a positive impact on... Continue Reading →
waiting every Sunday.
Today is Orphan Sunday.I will spend today being generally grateful and heartbroken.Grateful for all the preciousness in our house.Heartbroken for all of the little lives without a family.In honor of today, please take a minute to view/read about children still waiting.Domestic. There are thousands of foster children in the U.S. that need a family.You can view... Continue Reading →
Right now, in my state, there is a disaster of a social services system.There is good ol' boy politics at play.There is red tape.Complicated bureaucracy at its worst.There is insufficient accountability for what is done and not done that directly affects one of our most unprotected group of humans.Foster Children.The South Carolina political world has... Continue Reading →
Pictures and Perspective.
I love pictures.I love to capture life's little split-second moments that leave my mind so quickly.I need evidence on days that are tough that they aren't always that way.I need reminders of where we were and hope for where we are going.So, yesterday I charged the camera.And started taking pictures...I did some practice while Adam... Continue Reading →
mr. dawkins and definitions.
This week on Twitter InYourFaceNewYorker said:"I honestly don't know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma."And Richard Dawkins replied with this:"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."10:53 AM - 20 Aug 2014And then... Continue Reading →