Posts in category "Adoption"

It's Christmas Card Time

It's Christmas Card Time
It’s Christmas card time! Which of course explains why I’m sitting here writing this instead of sitting at my dining room table writing out my cards. Don’t get me wrong, sending out my Christmas card is one of my favorite things about the whole holiday season. I love it, especially the part when I can... Read more »

When your teenage daughter questions everything you say, you have a "Quecho" in the house

When your teenage daughter questions everything you say, you have a "Quecho" in the house
There’s a quecho in my house. My daughter has this habit of repeating the last word or words that I say in the form of a question. I refer to this phenomenon as a quecho. Doesn’t it sound like a quecho should be really cute? Like something from Dr. Suess. But it’s not. A quecho... Read more »

I call it!

I call left window! I call corner piece! Second pole position! First song! Second song! We have this ritual at our house, the ritual of calling things. You know, like calling “shotgun” when you go for a car ride (we call that, too.) But there are rules involved. You can’t “call” certain things too preemptively.... Read more »
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Gotcha Day: celebrating three years with my daughter

Three-years ago today, my daughter and I landed in Chicago and as soon as the gear was on the ground, she was a citizen of the United States. During the adoption process, we hit a lot of milestones, but the day I like to celebrate most is the day we got her home for good.... Read more »

My American Girl

My American Girl
My daughter is turning thirteen in a couple days and a part of this transition into teenagerdom is the setting aside of her American Girl dolls, which brings a tear to my eye at the very idea that I will never have to set foot into that God-forsaken over-priced scam of a store again. Tanya... Read more »

Adoption and Autism lead to Action and The Northern Illinois Center for Autism

What happens when you try to get a couple of adoptive parents together to write a story for National Adoption Awareness Month in November? The story gets finished in December. As any parent, adoptive or otherwise, knows: kids keep you busy. However, when it’s discovered your child has autism, if you’re like my friend Arnie... Read more »
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