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It was in a crowded courtyard nestled in the middle of a compound on a quiet street in Addis Ababa, the capitol city of Ethiopia, that we first heard our son’s name spoken in his native language. As I knelt down and pulled him into my arms, nestling his head against my chest, I heard […]

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Four years ago I woke up on the other side of the world to sound of unfamiliar car horns and people calling out to each other in a language we didn’t understand. I walked across the hotel room floor and opened the curtains to look out the window. I found people rushing to get to their destination […]

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I still remember the day my friend Sarah asked me, timidly, if I would like to have her breastmilk for my daughter. Her expressions, body language, and voice all told me that this was something she had thought about for a long time and that it was a big brave thing for her to ask […]

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The beginning of May is filled with pastel hallmark cards lining the aisle at the super market and beautiful flower arrangements and corsages greet customers as they walk through the automatic sliding doors. Commercials urge us to remember the mothers this month through a variety of scenes – both hilarious and tear inducing. It all paints a heartwarming, sentimental, and […]

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Walk up to any adoptive family, look at the children, say the words, “You are so lucky!” and watch the adoptive parents cringe. Don’t worry – this isn’t a “10 things not to say” post. This is an explanation about something deeper. This is a glimpse into the side of adoption that doesn’t always show […]

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Last week I sat in the waiting room of the hospital with two antsy children – trying to keep one from dashing into the elevator and the other from twirling into nearby people. Our son sees a specialist whose office is in the local hospital. It’s not my favorite place, but he’s one of the […]

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I’m going to start this post off with a disclaimer because I don’t want any readers to get the wrong impression. I am not a hair expert at all. I don’t do Arsema’s hair (or my own) perfectly. This post is a response to your amazing response to my article on the Today Show Parents […]

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The other night I peeked in my daughter’s room to see how the bedtime routine was going with Daddy and to give her one more kiss. I found them both laying in her bed, nose to nose, chatting and laughing. I approached, wanting to be part of the special moment. Arsema popped her head up […]

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