The 6:18 tradition

The 6:18 tradition

Today’s my birthday, number 33! I woke up to a fantastic breakfast of *A*’s new specialty coconut-crusted stuffed french toast.  She’s working on my old-fashioned birthday cake as we speak.  I’m so lucky to have such a great partner.  It’s the icing on the cake (pun completely intended) to have a fantastic baker and cook … Continue reading

Last Year, This Year: Our Home Study Update

Last Year, This Year: Our Home Study Update

As we round the last corner of a year into the Great Wait, we’re getting ready for our home study update visit.  Last year, after all of our initial paperwork was submitted, but before we could go live with our iheartadoption.org profile or be listed as “available” parents, we had two visits with a social … Continue reading

Oh, Hello Again, August

Oh, Hello Again, August

August.  It’s always been a month of transition for me, always a feeling of ending one thing and moving on to the next.  Maybe that’s because it’s my birthday month, but looking back, there seem to be all sorts of elements of change that occurred in August.  Historically speaking, throughout my loooong educational career-to-date, it’s … Continue reading

Spread a Little Sunshine

Spread a Little Sunshine

I’ve done it.  Made my very first quilt.  Well, quilted picnic blanket, actually.  But the word “quilt” is in there, so that’s  good enough to claim as a “first” in my book. I saw this project quite a while back and thought I might one day tackle it.  Coupled with our love of being outdoors, traveling, and … Continue reading

Ready for it

Ready for it

 On this Father’s Day, which did not turn out to be my first, it feels impossible to hide my longing to be a dad.  I’m happy for all those dads around me who are celebrating today.  And I wish my own dad a happy day, though I’m not there to celebrate with him.  Still, you … Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Beautiful People

Thoughtful Thursday: Beautiful People

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not … Continue reading

A Dream – A Little Bit of Something

A Dream – A Little Bit of Something

One morning this week as *A* and I were stumbling about our morning routines of getting ready for work, she said to me, “I had the most interesting dream last night.”  This is not unusual – *A* always seems to remember her dreams and talks about them the next morning.  (Whereas I might remember bits … Continue reading

About Us: Now Actually About Us!

About Us: Now Actually About Us!

It’s (almost) always cathartic to do some spring cleaning – more often than just the spring, and in more places than just your house!  One of the pages on The Littlest Brooks-Livingston, our “About Us” page, was a little lackluster and needed a boost. Borrowing an idea from a blogging friend (hope you don’t mind, Kristen!), I … Continue reading

My Open Letter to a Birth Father

My Open Letter to a Birth Father

Ever since  *A*  and I started the adoption process well over a year ago, I have felt inundated by personal stories, quotes, cautionary tales, and advice from and about women involved in some aspect of adoption.  Adoption books and blogs, parenting books, websites, personal blogs – you name it – they are primarily written by … Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday: Happy Spring!

Thoughtful Thursday: Happy Spring!

I don’t know about you, but it feels like spring’s been a long time coming this year.  Our fingers and toes are crossed that today’s sunshine-y-ness is a sign of what’s to come, weather-wise and Littlest-wise!