Archive for October 2013

Introducing the Third Annual 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days Series!

Introducing the Third Annual 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days Series!
Introducing the Third Annual 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days Series Welcome to Portrait of an Adoption!  So happy you are here.  In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, I am running the third annual special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days. The series is designed to give a voice to... Read more »

Post Adoption Depression Is a Scary B*tch. Don't Let Her Win.

I was sitting on the couch holding K.  She had been home with us for about six weeks.  One minute, we were just sitting there together, and all was quiet.  She was sleeping in my arms.  I glanced out the window of our 18th story condo, and I suddenly had this horrifying image of her... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective: Show Me Despair and Uncertainty

Adoption Retrospective: Show Me Despair and Uncertainty
It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. October 2003 K is waiting in foster care, and we are waiting back in Chicago.  Every few days, the social... Read more »
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Adoption Reunification: When it doesn't work out

Adoption Reunification: When it doesn't work out
At Portrait of an Adoption, I seek to portray many different experiences with regard to adoption.  Some of those experiences are beautiful and positive; others are painful and even ugly.  This is a guest post by one woman whose family has had very negative interactions with her birth sister following reunification.  As always, please be... Read more »

Could we ask two strangers to serve as witnesses for our same-sex wedding?

We are in the final days of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and in the spirit of hope and acceptance, I am sharing the following guest post with you.  May the Force Be With You as you follow your joy. By Sherry In October of 2011, Stacy and I had been together for 18 years. We... Read more »

Why is it so hard to get the school to make the bullying stop?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  The following guest post was written by a mom who is a regular reader of Portrait of an Adoption.  She has been communicating with me privately about the bullying her daughter has suffered, and she is sharing her story to help other families who are having similar struggles. By... Read more »
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When Open Adoption Works

On Thursday, my 10-year-old K competed in her first swim meet.  I wasn’t there.  I was home with my two younger daughters, and my husband was with our big girl at the meet.  All I wanted was for my daughter to have a positive experience in the pool.  She had been running a fever for... Read more »

Talking Adoption With a Four-Year-Old Boy

Talking Adoption With a Four-Year-Old Boy
Next month, I will be holding my annual series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, in honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month.  To whet your appetite, here is a new guest post from one of last year’s participants, who is celebrating the third anniversary of her son’s adoption today!  The upcoming series is... Read more »

Halloween Costumes for Girls: Sexy Witch, Sassy Princess, or Sultry Superhero?

Halloween Costumes for Girls:  Sexy Witch, Sassy Princess, or Sultry Superhero?
As a little kid, I went to a school where we had to wear uniforms.  There was no forethought that went into my clothing other than to hope there was a clean uniform in my closet.  But on Halloween, all bets were off, and we kids were allowed to come in costume. Oh, how I... Read more »
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Brave Girls in New York: Times Square, United Nations and Comic-Con

Brave Girls in New York: Times Square, United Nations and Comic-Con
Last weekend was a celebration of the Brave Girls Alliance!  From Times Square to the United Nations to New York Comic-Con, the Brave Girls were out in force, advocating for change and spreading awareness.  Sometimes the best way to tell a story is through pictures . . . Get your award-winning copy of bullying and... Read more »