Well, a little inside info, just between you and me. One word. Tim.My brother Tim is a free spirit, always has been always will be. We’ve survived his early Joey Romone days, his creepy Sid Vicious days, and his Haight Ashbury meets Metallica days. It was during his days in San Francisco, where he financed his starving musician career by being a bike messenger and a high rise window washer, that he got a tattoo that will go down in Murphy lore as the best argument against permanently altering the pasty white skin God gave you.Tim was a heavy metal bass player. They would play late into the night and usually drink through their sets. After one gig they headed out to the store to get some more beer and came across a sign in the frozen food aisle, March is Frozen Food Month. The words formed a circle around a penguin. For some reason it really caught Tim’s inebriated eye so when they got back to his place he asked one of his band members to tattoo that exact sign on his knee cap. The band member, being equally drunk agreed and went ahead to make a home made tattoo on Tim’s knee cap of the March is Frozen Food Month sign, complete with the penguin. Funny thing is that being drunk the band mate misspelled the word Month. So Tim has, forever and a day, tattooed on his knee cap March is Frozen Food Mounth.Tim is THAT cool uncle. Today, he travels the world with Cirque du Soleil. And he wears shorts wherever he goes so the world can see his knees…and his tattoo. I have another brother too. He is the yin to Tim’s Yang. His name is Dan and he’s THAT super nice genius uncle…but he doesn’t have a tattoo.So, I had Mr. Peabody as one brother and Motorhead as the other. This is why having four sons from four different countries doesn’t challenge me in the least bit…because you can’t get much more diverse than what I had growing up.
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)