Archive for July 2012

Ever Been Bullied? Tell Your Story and Reassure Others That They Are Not Alone.

Today is the launch of an international video project called Team Bullied. We all hear terrible stories about bullying.  One of the most devastating forms of bullying is cyberbullying.  It is a relentless campaign of hate, and its victims suffer cruelly. Today, you can participate in the writing of a new campaign — a story... Read more »

Open Adoption -- Beautiful and Painful-- Is the Best Solution We Can Offer Our Girl

Open Adoption -- Beautiful and Painful-- Is the Best Solution We Can Offer Our Girl
Wow, a birth family visit is a lot to process.  And if it feels like a lot to me, I can only imagine how it feels to an 8-year-old. Katie and I spent the weekend with her birth mom and her birth siblings.  We met in the city of St. Louis, MO (not where they... Read more »

Three Days Until the Birth Family Reunion

We are three days out from leaving for our annual reunion with Katie’s birth family.  Our first reunion since Katie was a baby took place four years ago, and the weeks leading up to it were terrible.  Katie, who was preparing to enter kindergarten, was old enough to know that meeting her birth family for... Read more »
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Adoption Costs Got You Down? Some Helpful Thoughts

Many– if not most–prospective adoptive parents are intimidated by the costs of adopting a child.  For some hopeful parents, the prospect of paying thousands of dollars is enough to prevent them from pursuing adoption, and this is a tragedy, both for the parents who long for a child and for the child who needs a... Read more »

Why the Final Hour of July 4, 2003 Changed My Life Forever

Why the Final Hour of July 4, 2003 Changed My Life Forever
Andrew and I were heading to our car so we could drive back to downtown Chicago. It was 11:30 pm, and we had just walked back from watching fireworks with Andrew’s parents.  The night was hot, and although I had enjoyed the dazzling lights and colors, my heart was heavy, as it had been for... Read more »

An Unorthodox Homecoming From Camp

Several weeks ago, we said goodbye to our eight-year-old and left her at Camp Lake Hubert in Minnesota.  I did not cry when we gave her a last hug, because I didn’t want her to see me acting sad, lest it would make her sad.  I need not have worried.  Katie barely glanced at us... Read more »
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