#8. one year.

One year ago we stood in a tiny Ukrainian courtroom. Explaining to a judge why Auggie should be adopted. Why children need families. Why we should be Auggie's. One year ago, I was told we may be adopting a terminally ill child. As it turned out, he was simply starving. One year ago, Auggie wore... Continue Reading →


I have long called my kids by numbers on social media posts.  8 years ago TC legally became our #1.  TC. My most elderly child is going to a military program to finish up high school. He is 17.  And that is super old. I am 36. I think. Someone correct me if I am... Continue Reading →

Auggie is five.

Auggie turns FIVE TODAY!! I can't even contain myself. I am not sure if I should cry or clap or I don't even know. Can I please tell you, I love this kid. He has not had easy beginnings. But, how he has come alive. Let us peruse the photographic evidence. My favorite kind. It... Continue Reading →


Originally posted May, 2015. Updated December, 2018. I get lots of feedback from people when we get asked the question..."Will you adopt more?" I usually say "I have no idea." Because that is the truth. That seems to strike people as odd. Because we have lots of kids. People assume we can't handle more. Or that we... 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 →

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 →

Adam Update.

Adam is ON THE CHARTS FOR HIS AGE GROUP!And the whole family did a happy dance.He was in the 2nd percentile for weight at our last check-up.Yes, that is small...but who cares!?ON the chart is a BIG deal!Adam is learning by leaps and bounds.He can sign...please, thank you, food, more, and cracker.He babbles but doesn't... Continue Reading →

Asher update.

He has gone from a Ukrainian hospital....To a Ukrainian orphanage...Alone.With no family.No Mama.No Daddy.No brothers or sisters...Unwilling to make eye contact.Unsure of how to play.Unaware of people around him...Living in an orphanage.Destined to a life in an asylum because he has an extra chromosome.And now...This teeny boy has a best friend in our house.TC.TC and... Continue Reading →

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