Creating a family vision board for 2015

Creating a family vision board for 2015
I love this time of year. The stress of the holidays is mostly over and we have a fresh new year to look forward to. But since 2015 hasn’t officially started, there’s no disappointment in not having met our resolutions, yet! Early this morning, I came across the idea of creating a vision board for... Read more »

The incredible story of reunited twins Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier

To close out National Adoption Month and this Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to share with you the heartwarming story of identical twin sisters Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier, Korean adoptees who at the age of 25 were reunited through Facebook. The sisters recently published a book that they wrote together, Separated at Birth: A True... Read more »

Our best Thanksgiving ever was the year we met our daughter

Our best Thanksgiving ever was the year we met our daughter
Six years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, my husband and I decided to take a leap of faith and travel to Korea to meet our daughter. We had just heard about HJ being at the orphanage three months ago, and the paperwork was far from finalized. In fact, just a few weeks prior, it was looking... Read more »
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A must-see Korean adoption documentary to celebrate National Adoption Month

In honor of National Adoption Month, I feel privileged to share a Korean American adoption documentary that deeply touched me from the first time I viewed it. Dan Matthews is a Korean American musician and adoptee from Los Angeles who went on an incredible journey to Korea to search for his birth family. Not only... Read more »

Letting go of perfect

Before kids, describing a perfect day seemed so simple. And actually attainable. Maybe it involved a lazy weekend morning, sleeping in, cooking a leisurely brunch. Catching up on the news, going for a walk, or to the museum, meeting with friends. Whatever the specifics, the perfection of the day wasn’t so much in the details... Read more »

When your child starts noticing differences in skin color

A couple weeks ago, my younger daughter, who is three years old, asked me about her skin color. Well, to be more precise, she actually asked if her skin was brown. It took me a little bit by surprise, but somehow being completely oblivious to how concerning this question was to her, I told her... Read more »
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The significance of a middle name in adoption

Like many other adoptive parents, my husband and I thought long and hard about how to incorporate HJ’s Korean name into her legal name when we brought her home from Korea. We had her American name picked out and we were set on that as her first name. Her Korean name was given to her... Read more »

Maybe I shouldn't have given up on teaching

The first full-time job I had when I graduated college was teaching high school English. Basically I was a 22-year old teaching freshmen and juniors in high school, with some students being only six years younger than me. As a side note, I also probably looked about the same age as or even younger than... Read more »

The difference a school bus driver can make

Now that we’re approaching the one month mark since the start of school, I’m starting to realize that there is one very underrated but actually very important person in the life of a first grader. The school bus driver. As the first kid on the bus, and the last one to be dropped off, my... Read more »
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Succumbing to suburbia

I’m not sure when it started. When we bought our first house in a cul-de-sac in our very suburban neighborhood? Or when we caved in and bought a Honda Odyseey with a DVD player, which I admit I both love and hate? Or when my husband and I spend Friday nights debating about what kind... Read more »
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    I am a freelance editor and writer, born and raised in Chicago, and a mom to two girls. I started blogging in 2012 to connect with other moms and adoptive parents of special needs kids. My older daughter is adopted from South Korea, and the one I mostly blog about and affectionately call my spirited girl. My younger one is our surprise baby, who currently is giving her older sister a run for her money and turning out to be spirited in her own way as well. You can reach me at myspiritedgirl [at] gmail [dot] com.

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