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 →


I met Adam in the doctor's office at the orphanage in Kharkov, Ukraine.He was our "plus one."Our last minute addition.I have had lots of questions about how the "Hey Nigel, I think I'll bring home two boys" conversation went. How do you ask your husband at the last minute if two boys are acceptable? I... Continue Reading →


Well, friends...My bathroom smells perpetually of poop. One of our teeny boys (ahem, Asher)  uses bath time to evacuate his intestines. I use post-bath-time trying to convince Nigel that I am too dainty to clean poop from a tub...it works. Some of the time.Sweet Asher.Our first face-to-face meeting was February 8th.I knew very little about... Continue Reading →

What happened…

Well, my friends...we are home.My sister and I survived.I am doing the "nutshell" version of our trip....stay with me....We left the USA...on a plane.I turned into a wackadoo before we even took off.Apparently, when given situations of high stress (like leaving kids for long periods of time and adding new kids) I just lose my... Continue Reading →

be excited with me!

When we committed to adopting Auggie we were introduced to a whole world of other children needing families. One teeny boy, in particular, stuck in my mind.This is Royce:He is in the same country as Auggie. He has Cerebral Palsy like Auggie, too.I started asking friends if they had space for one more.I started posting... Continue Reading →

Excuses, excuses.

We are taking one of our kids to a new doctor.I know we need to go. I don't want to.My son is a little older now. And he is starting to wonder why he screams and other kids don't. And why sleeping is so difficult.And why the way things feel can make him throw a... Continue Reading →

Corban is a tad confused.

Corban was a gigantic surprise. huge.enormous.surprise.Corban came into our lives in a completely unnatural-to-us manner...by birth.  I was a horrible pregnant person. I was never one of the sweet round-bellied ladies that I have seen so often. I have heard multitudes of women (bless them) say pregnancy is beautiful. But no one could convince me of the loveliness in... Continue Reading →

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