We celebrated Noah’s homecoming day this weekend. He has officially been ours for one year! Here are some pictures of the past few weeks. It’s been busy between soccer and all of his siblings activities. He’s also has learned about the lucrative business of a lemonade stand on a hot summer day. : >) We spent this past weekend at the beach…Noah had never seen the ocean before. He stood at the edge of the water, his arms spread wide, just chanting ETHIOPIA over and over. We aren’t sure why. He is still so connected to where he came from yet so much a part of his new world in America.
Hello! Welcome to my life!
I write for the simple reason to archive the memories of my children as they grow up. My ideas and thoughts come to me at odd moments throughout the day, whether it be driving out of the neighborhood to pick up one or more of my kids, sautéing onions on the stovetop, dodging mole hills on my John Deere, or unwinding with a latte while spending time with friends.
What makes me smile: My family, small success in an otherwise giant life, a bald eagle's shadow as it circles above, the romance of a spectacular Bollywood film, homemade apple butter, enduring friendship, Audrey Hepburn singing Moon River, Korean soap operas, Plankton from Sponge Bob, a strong female protagonist, underdogs, service, dimpled knuckles, the essence of blackberries as they cook on the vine on a late summer day, Mother Nature's gifts...
For several years I taught high school Language Arts before I “retired” to become a stay-at-home mom to my five children. Three of my children are boys adopted from Ethiopia, Korea, and China respectively.
Over the course of the past ten years I have become an advocate through my writing for children around the world. These writings have been published locally, regionally as well as on the national level in publications such Adoptive Families Magazine and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services blog Be the Answer. I continue to be passionate in regard to using my voice through writing to champion the forgotten children of our world.
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Chapters: Matters of the Heart
- …and In My Humble Opinion (11)
- Adoption (22)
- Birth Families (3)
- China Adoption (2)
- DNA Testing (5)
- Ethiopia Travel Journal (8)
- Good Kids (15)
- Growing Up (22)
- Hannah: Queen of the World (6)
- Herding Boys (20)
- Heritage (5)
- Life With More Than 2.5 Children (31)
- My Heart (17)
- Oh Jeff! (4)
- Older Child Adoption (22)
- Published Work (3)
- Raising an Ethiopian son (18)
- Small pets…the bane of my existence. (4)
- Snips and Snails and Compassionate Tales (8)
- Special Needs Adoption (4)
- The Greatest Sports Fans: Moms! (4)
- The Waiting Child Adoption (18)
- Transition in Adoption (3)
- Uncategorized (2)
- Why We Adopt (1)
- You Can't Make Up This Stuff (5)