Infertility.

April 15, 2014 2 Comments
Infertility.

Infertility Awareness Week is coming up in a few days. I spend a lot of my time here advocating for adoption, talking about my struggle to balance a full-time job with mommyhood, and venting about my frustrations with inequality between races. But next Monday, April 21st, I’m going to be talking about something tough. Something personal. […]

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Curiosity vs. Ignorance

April 9, 2014 6 Comments
Curiosity vs. Ignorance

The steam was billowing from my head at my desk yesterday afternoon when I received an email from an aspiring journalist at a nearby college who wanted to do an interview with someone who adopted from another country. “Is there a time in which a phone interview would work or would via email be better. […]

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Her Future’s So Bright…

April 8, 2014 2 Comments
Her Future’s So Bright…

She needs to wear sunglasses all the time! -Shelley

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Why Not?

March 26, 2014 10 Comments

I was staring at boxes of eye drops in the pharmacy when a woman pushing her baby in a cart said [LOUDLY], “SO, WHY’D YOU DO IT?” I must have given her a confused look. Because in my head I thought, “#$%*#! My ‘disguise’ isn’t working!” Clearly my incognito look of no make-up, frazzled hair […]

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“Families Look Alike”

March 25, 2014 11 Comments
“Families Look Alike”

My jaw hit the floor when a friend sent me this photo: “Families Look Alike” was the title of a project hanging on the walls of her child’s elementary school. Passers-by are asked to match a first grader’s photo with that of their parent’s photo from childhood. Yehhhh…. This hits close to home on many […]

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Sickness Strikes

March 24, 2014 2 Comments

Apparently it’s normal for new parents to be sick… All. The. Time. Our sweet Olivia was so sick and fussy for more than a week. We’re “those” parents who call the nurse line all. the. time. But because she didn’t have a fever, we were advised to just keep doing what we were doing. The […]

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Calling ALL Adoptive Families!

March 12, 2014 2 Comments

If you are a family blessed with adoption… I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!! Chris and I have met SO many fantastic people on this journey — but most of you don’t know EACH OTHER! I’m working on putting together a  lil’ somthin’ somethin’ with a dear friend of mine who has adopted through foster […]

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Adventures of a “Single,” Working Mom + Why I Want a Keurig

March 10, 2014 8 Comments
Adventures of a “Single,” Working Mom + Why I Want a Keurig

I have a whole new respect for single, working moms. Being a working mom and wife is hard enough. But without the help of my hubby? I just about went off the deep end. Chris was out of town for a few days for work {hence, my lack of blogging} so my life has been […]

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Honoring Her Birth Momma

March 3, 2014 6 Comments
Honoring Her Birth Momma

How do you honor a birth mom? How do you thank her for choosing life for your daughter? Chris and I have wracked our brains around this for months. We love and adore this beautiful woman, and we always will. She selflessly chose LIFE for her baby. Our daughter. She bravely carried a healthy little […]

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Adoption Hearing Photos

February 28, 2014 1 Comment
Adoption Hearing Photos

I love that so many of you have emailed me to see more photos from Olivia’s Adoption Day. Michelle, the owner of Stricker Photography, is such a gem. She captured more than 70 photos from the finalization hearing that we’ll treasure forever. Here are a few:   -Shelley    

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