Saying Goodbye [to this chunk of cyberspace]

July 21, 2014 9 Comments
Saying Goodbye [to this chunk of cyberspace]

  This girl is everything to me. I’m so blessed to be her Momma. My heart is grateful that so many of you chose to follow¬†the ups and downs of our journey to becoming her Mom and Dad. You didn’t have to. But you did. You shared in our hopes, our heartaches, frustrations and disappointments. […]

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Cute Lil’ Swimmer

July 7, 2014 6 Comments
Cute Lil’ Swimmer

If you tell me this girl isn’t the cutest in the world, I’ll tell you that you’re lying! Olivia loved her first time in the “swimming pool.” A friend of ours from church gave us her daughter’s old pool which has quickly turned into Olivia’s favorite (thanks, Christine!)! As a parent, it’s amazing to watch […]

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To My Husband [On Father's Day]…

June 15, 2014 5 Comments
To My Husband [On Father's Day]…

To my husband on Father’s Day: I still remember getting the phone call that our daughter was born hundreds of miles from home. I called you at work. You reassured me you’d be on the road soon. The first thing you did was find me frantically packing our suitcases. I was frazzled and [only slightly] […]

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The Spark Continues: An Adoption BBQ

June 5, 2014 3 Comments
The Spark Continues: An Adoption BBQ

Remember that adoption “spark” I wrote about a while back? Yeh. It continues. And it’s pretty darn awesome, you guys. My heart is SO happy when I think about these families that — like ours — are being built through adoption. These women are amazing. OK. These guys are pretty cool, too. There’s something to […]

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On Being Enough

May 27, 2014 6 Comments
On Being Enough

We spent Memorial Day at Urgent Care in Cedar Falls. Dr. Mom’s ear infection diagnosis was confirmed. Running on little sleep, the rest of the day flies by. We go to bed. Before we know it, it’s 2:17 AM. I shoot up out of bed when Olivia starts shrieking. I let her cry for a […]

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A Commericial Break

May 21, 2014 1 Comment

No doubt about it, certain experiences make you see life through a different lens. It wasn’t until after we brought Olivia home that I soon began to realize there weren’t many families that looked like ours on TV. I remember months ago catching this Cheerios commercial with a mixed race family and smiling: But the […]

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PSA: Stop Pressuring

May 13, 2014 3 Comments
PSA: Stop Pressuring

No doubt about it, adoption has been the greatest, most amazing experience for my family. It truly has. I’m glad Olivia’s cheeks don’t fall off from so many kisses And I’m so proud to advocate for something that has blessed our family in so many amazing ways. But recently, I’ve had [too many] conversations with […]

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To My Daughter’s 1st Mom on Mother’s Day

May 11, 2014 8 Comments
To My Daughter’s 1st Mom on Mother’s Day

To my sweet daughter’s 1st Momma: Today I get to celebrate my first Mother’s Day. And it’s all because of you. Because of your selfless, loving choice to do what you felt best for your perfect baby girl, I get to call myself a Mom. And I’m so grateful. Grateful to wake up each morning […]

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A Follow-Up: “Families Look Alike”

May 7, 2014 5 Comments
A Follow-Up: “Families Look Alike”

A couple of weeks ago, I met¬†with the teacher and principal behind the “Families Look Alike” project I wrote ranted about. And I have to say — we had a great conversation. They handled the feedback just as I would’ve wanted any school to handle it. They allowed me to offer some suggestions and good […]

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An Acquaintance Writes In…

April 28, 2014 7 Comments
An Acquaintance Writes In…

I received an email not too long ago from an acquaintance who remembered me from years ago. “Congratulations on your daughter. She is beautiful…” she wrote. With a smile, I continued reading. Until I hit this line: “My husband and I had trouble getting pregnant so we thought about adopting, but then I got pregnant […]

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