Archive for April 2012

Life is Pain, Highness

Life is Pain, Highness
Flashback: It is April, 2003, and Andrew’s brother, Pete, will be marrying Kim next month.  Kim is terrific, a wonderful addition to the family.  She is a kindred spirit, easy to be around, and I am grateful to have her as another sister.  Today is Kim’s bridal shower, which I am hosting along with several... Read more »

How 3 Math Teachers Are Honoring the National Day of Silence at ETHS

How 3 Math Teachers Are Honoring the National Day of Silence at ETHS
Whitney Rutherford, a math teacher at Evanston Township High School, is handing out this form in all her classes today: “Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence (DOS), a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and... Read more »

The Challenges of Raising a Well-Rounded Boy - Guest Post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan

The Challenges of Raising a Well-Rounded Boy - Guest Post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan
The Challenges of Raising a Well-Founded Boy, guest post by Melissa Alexander Flanagan As a woman and a mother of a 3.5 year-old-boy, sometimes the prospect of raising him to be well-rounded feels…well, daunting.  Gender stereotypes and even bullying start to emerge at such an early age, and I’m left wondering, how will I do... Read more »
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Abraham Lincoln and the Purple Castle - the Making of a 5th Birthday Cake

Okay, so there is a lot going on here.  This is the finished product.  In Annie Rose's World, President Abraham Lincoln and his family lived not in the White House, but in the Purple Castle.  So I created this cake for Annie Rose's 5th birthday.
For her 5th birthday cake, Annie Rose asked me to make a purple frosted castle where Abraham Lincoln and his family could live during his Presidency.  I called, but the local bakeries do not carry that cake in their repertoire, so I set to work planning a culinary masterpiece for my girl! This has been... Read more »

Anti-bullying Reading Recommendations for Children and Teens

Anti-bullying Reading Recommendations for Children and Teens
I am very excited to share this much-researched list of books with you! I chose these books because they all promote themes related to anti-bullying, such as tolerance and acceptance of those who are different, regardless of whether those differences are due to appearance, family structure, gender preference, autism spectrum disorders, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,... Read more »

Guest Post by Jane Smith -- Raising Funds to Help with Adoption Costs

Guest Post by Jane Smith -- Raising Funds to Help with Adoption Costs
The Power of Fundraisers: 3 Ways to Compensate for Adoption Costs By Jane Smith Adoption isn’t cheap—and if you’ve already adopted one child, you’re more than aware.  On average, it can range anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000 to adopt domestically, depending on the agency and several other factors. For those who wish to adopt overseas,... Read more »
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A Little Bit Christian and a Lot Bit Jewish -- Will the Easter Bunny Come?

I was wondering when Katie would begin ask.  About twice a year (specifically right before Christmas and right before Easter), she starts dropping hints that she should honor her birth religion. For those of you who are new readers to Portrait of an Adoption, here is a reprint of one of my all-time favorite discussions... Read more »