Archive for December 2011

A Choke, A Fire, A Burn and a Christmas Miracle

It was a night to remember. Our best friends (Christian) invited us (Jewish) to spend Christmas Eve with them.  In a first for us, we showed up at the church for Christmas Eve Mass.  The girls were dressed in their finest clothes, faces scrubbed and hair combed.  Our car was packed with fresh, hot latkes... Read more »

Dear Lego, I Have A Girl

Dear Lego, I hear you have created some new Ladyfigs for girls.  The slimmed down, “attractive” Ladyfigs can play in pre-created scenes such as at a café or beach. There is an awesome one called “Olivia’s Inventor’s Workshop,” where Olivia does chemistry, robotics and complex math, but the truth is that the vast majority of... Read more »

Loyalty to a Birthmother Brings Sisters Closer

Loyalty to a Birthmother Brings Sisters Closer
Annie Rose loves Mickey Mouse.  Her second birthday cake had Mickey’s face on it.  For months, she carried around a green wooden salad bowl filled with little figurines of Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.  “Where are my characters?” she would shout, if we couldn’t find them. Katie, ever the older sister, decided about... Read more »
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Anti-Bullying Toy Drive for Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars

Anti-Bullying Toy Drive for Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars
It’s almost here . . .  Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day is Friday, December 16th. Join the many schools, companies, families and individuals who are supporting this anti-bullying holiday toy drive. It’s easy–  wear something that reflects your Geek Pride (or whatever your special interests are), and donate a sci-fi toy to a... Read more »

Does your adoption agency use Parent Match?

Does your adoption agency use Parent Match?
As we saw during the Adoption Portraits series, prospective adoptive parents find it very hard to wait for a match with a birthmother or with a child.  I remember when we were trying to adopt, and as the months ticked by, we considered signing on with a second agency to increase our chances of finding... Read more »

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day
Last year, when first-grader Katie Goldman was taunted for being a girl who loved Star Wars, the Internet held a day of support for her and all the little geek girls who have had similar experiences. Katie’s own school marked the day by calling it “Proud To Be Me Day”, where all children were invited... Read more »
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Wrap-up of the 2011 Adoption Portraits guest series

Wrap-up of the 2011 Adoption Portraits guest series
Throughout the month of November (plus one more on December 1st), Portrait of an Adoption hosted a series of guest posts featuring adoption stories from many different viewpoints.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy the stories, click here to link to them. We heard from many of you in the adoption world:... Read more »

We Did It! Surviving the First Year . . .

We Did It!  Surviving the First Year . . .
Although the Adoption Portraits series was originally intended to include only 30 portraits, I decided to squeeze in one more from my Portrait of an Adoption co-blogger, Candice Warltier.  If you are wondering why Candice has written so infrequently in the past year, read on! We Did It!  Surviving the First Year . . .... Read more »