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the move that sealed the deal

The last piece that set our girl free to accept her new life in a foreign land was our family move.  A move that adoption agencies and government entities frown upon, insisting that a family’s home life remain stable after integrating a new child into one’s family.  A move that helped our daughter feel like… Continue reading the move that sealed the deal

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She thinks she’s going to like it here

“If I could turn back time…” – Cher My biggest regret that first year home with our disabled daughter (who we adopted internationally) is how I focused more on instructing her— constantly worried about her chronological age, her inability to navigate the world and her future— and less on nurturing her with loving attention.  Her… Continue reading She thinks she’s going to like it here

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That torrential first year

It’s terrifying to watch our daughter, who turned 14 years old this Spring, go through each day only comprehending at the level of a 4-year-old socially and an 8-year-old educationally.  I will not lie to you.  Most days, I don’t allow myself to focus on the enormity of what we’ve taken on.  I can’t if… Continue reading That torrential first year

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There real in photos: AKA, I love your hair!

That commercial is the bomb because it is my current life status.  It is real life.  Beauty is not about conforming.  It’s about whatever makes you feel confident with yourself.  Sometimes you need to tinker around a bit to find what works. Recently, I teased Instagram with a glimpse of my new hairdo.   You… Continue reading There real in photos: AKA, I love your hair!