Posts in category "adoption"

Lyle Finds His Mother: An Adoption Story

Lyle Finds His Mother: An Adoption Story
“I don’t want to go,” K said. I had purchased tickets for the whole family to see a musical adaptation of the story Lyle Finds His Mother.  Performed by Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre, the show had received good reviews, and several friends had recommended it to us. “Lyle is a crocodile who was adopted by a... Read more »

Adoption Changes the Birthday Experience

This post first appeared on Adoption.net on March 20. Today is the birthday of my daughter’s birthmother, M.  I find myself thinking about her frequently throughout the day, more so than I have in past years on her birthday.  I wonder about how the meaning of birthdays has changed for M since making an adoption plan for... Read more »

Transcript of the Sex Talk With My 6-Yr-Old

Background: The Tooth Fairy Brings a Science Book Last week my daughter lost her first tooth in the evening.  She wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy requesting a science book in lieu of a dollar.  The Tooth Fairy chose a beautiful, well-illustrated biology book about the human body.  The Tooth Fairy, in her exhaustion,... Read more »
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Top Adoption Books and Resources: A Not-To-Be-Missed List of Recommendations

Portrait of an Adoption’s Top Recommended Adoption Books and Additional Resources In this list, you will find a wide variety of nonfiction books representing diverse views and perspectives on adoption – similar in style to my blog’s acclaimed annual series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days – with different titles geared toward adoptees, adoptive parents,... Read more »

A Letter to My Twenty-Year-Old Self on My Fortieth Birthday

A Letter to My Twenty-Year-Old Self on My Fortieth Birthday
Dear 20-year-old me, Happy Birthday!  You are enjoying an unseasonably warm day in Evanston as you celebrate two decades of life.  I am writing to you from 20 years in your future, in the midst of what is the most severe winter in my (and your) existence.  On this, the eve of our fortieth birthday, I... Read more »

Diary of A Day in Chiberia

It was colder than the South Pole here in Chicago, and we were housebound with the kids.  Two parts bliss and one part insanity. A day in the life of Chiberia: January 6, 2014 Wake up. Pull my 10-yr-old’s new warm coat over my pajamas (the benefit of being a short mama with a tall... Read more »
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I Learned Something So Sacred and Special That Day

I Learned Something So Sacred and Special That Day
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  I Learned Something So Sacred... Read more »

The Four Siblings Hadn't Known Of My Existence

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  The Four Siblings Had Not... Read more »

My Mother Never Gave Up

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences. My Mother Never Gave Up... Read more »
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The Day Charleigh Brought Two Families Together

The Day Charleigh Brought Two Families Together
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  The Day Charleigh Brought Two... Read more »