Thank God We Brought The Kids To London

Thank God We Brought The Kids To London
It had the makings of a disaster.  On rather short notice, could we all make arrangements to fly overseas to London and stay for a few days? Just this summer, Andrew and I had taken our first trip to Europe in ten years, in honor of us both turning forty years old.  We left the... Read more »

Foster Care: I Told DFS That We Would Keep The Children

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption will be hosting our fourth annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  This guest post is a preview to whet your appetite for a month of adoption stories.  This is just one story. The series will present many different viewpoints... Read more »

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con
Learn how to convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful End Bullying panel, back at New York Comic Con (NYCC) by popular demand! Topics of discussion will include geek, cyber, and LGBT-bullying, becoming a hero IRL, and analyzing how media affects our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty... Read more »
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Multiple Sclerosis: Modern Day MS Fills A Need

Multiple Sclerosis: Modern Day MS Fills A Need
I first encountered multiple sclerosis (MS) over thirteen years ago, when a cherished colleague of mine suffered a flare-up.  Unfamiliar with the condition, I learned that she had relapsing remitting MS , which means she would have exacerbations followed by periods of recovery and normalcy. Then it hit closer to home.  A member of my... Read more »

Recommended Children’s Adoption Book: ABC, Adoption & Me

Recommended Children’s Adoption Book: ABC, Adoption & Me
Several months ago, I sat down on the couch with my girls to read a new children’s adoption book, ABC, Adoption & Me.  It is written in the simple style of an ABC definition book, but the concepts contain a depth than is not often found in a children’s adoption book.  All three of my... Read more »

Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »
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How Superman Pajamas Are a Metaphor for Adoption

My dearest K, Last night, as an early birthday present, Daddy gave you a new pair of Superman pajamas. You already had a Captain American nightgown that I bought for you at San Diego Comic-Con, and of course you have your beloved Star Wars jammies, but the rest of the family has accumulated Superman jammies... Read more »

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Dearest C, Today you visited your “new” preschool classroom.  I say “new” with a smile, because you have already been a student at your school for the previous two years. And before that, you were a baby who came to this school every day to drop off and pick up your big sister Annie Rose... Read more »

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con
Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped to Chat With Me At San Diego Comic-Con, You were strolling through the Autograph Area, looking to see if there were any tables you wanted to visit.  You stopped and read the banner above my table.  You walked over to me, smiling.  I thought you might be a teacher looking... Read more »
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What Happened When I Went Offline

I went offline for much of the first two weeks of August, aided by a weeklong trip to Italy where we chose not to purchase a data program for my iPhone.  There was the occasional check-in with email, and several times, I shared pictures or an update with my blog’s Facebook page.  But the truth... Read more »