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It’s All Still True

It’s All Still True

Last June, I wrote an article for America Adopts that I titled: “An Open Letter to Our Future Child’s Birthfather.”  The article was published just before Father’s Day, which was fitting, as it was my first Father’s Day of our “official” wait.  This past Friday, on a post on their Facebook page, America Adopts linked the article again, I … Continue reading

The Littlest’s Tree

The Littlest’s Tree

Four years ago, *A* and I were finishing our master’s degrees, living in a little townhouse with a tiny front porch (stoop, really).  I was away for much of the week each week during that spring semester, working as a museum technician at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. I came home on Fridays, but it … Continue reading

Distractions…

Distractions…

The holidays have been a bit weird for us this year.  They seemed to swoop down upon us, with Christmas following just a day or two behind Thanksgiving, and now it’s New Year’s Eve.  Their swiftness has probably been a good thing.  I don’t think any waiting-for-a-while-but-ever-hopeful adoptive family will tell you that they have … Continue reading

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Our adoption agency, the IAC, gives their families who have been waiting to adopt for at least one year the option of joining what they call the “Last Minute Hospital List.”  Basically, this means that an expectant mother is at the hospital and is just about to (or has just) given birth and has decided … Continue reading

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

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

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

Chin Up, Buttercup

Chin Up, Buttercup

Daffodils (with the somehow sunnier, springier name “buttercups”) and I go way back. They have to be one of my favorite flowers.  I remember my grandmother always looking forward to seeing them pop up in the early, early spring (before it’s official by the calendar).  She called them “jonquils.”  As a grown-up, I have now … Continue reading

Sunny Sunday

Sunny Sunday

This past Saturday was a long day – Museum work all day then Museum fundraiser in the evening.  I left early and didn’t get home until super late, so *A* had the day to herself at home.  She spent it devising a series of surprises for Sunday. Yesterday was a great day.  No over-the-top spectacular … Continue reading

10 Reasons We Look Forward to Future Valentine’s Days

10 Reasons We Look Forward to Future Valentine’s Days

10.  Working on love-themed art projects with them!   9.  Reading funny Valentine’s Day books like Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink from the library (or their bookshelf).   8.  Making sweet stuff in the kitchen to share with family and friends.    7.  Watching their giggles and they read aloud Valentines from their … Continue reading

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

One morning this past week as I was making coffee for my ride into work, I flipped the radio on and a song came on that I had’t heard in quite a while.  It’s the Beatles’ (had no idea it was a Beatles song) “Here Comes the Sun.”  Never fails to make me smile.  The … Continue reading

Back in the Saddle Again

Back in the Saddle Again

Hello there! Remember us?  Yeah, it’s been a while.  After being gently poked, prodded, and finally jerked back into reality by a couple of caring and devoted readers (thanks, Mom and Sherry) who were wondering what was going on (and if we’d collectively fallen in a ditch somewhere)  I realized that I needed to climb … Continue reading