Posts in category "grief"

Dear Internet, Have Compassion and Be Kind To The Graves Family. It Could Have Been You.

Dear Internet, Have Compassion and Be Kind To The Graves Family. It Could Have Been You.
I remember our family’s vacation at the Grand Floridian hotel at Disney World. We went there with my parents as a special treat seven years ago, when my daughters were then ages five and two. I remember my two-year-old, scampering around the lagoon and the beaches of the hotel, as two-year-olds will do. Yesterday, the... Read more »

I Consider My Open Adoption My First Marriage

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fifth 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. By Roanne Olsen My name... Read more »

The Foundation of a Promise

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fifth 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.   By Astrid Beemom There... Read more »
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Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family

Double Happiness: A Tale of Love, Loss, and One Forever Family
My oldest daughter is turning twelve on Thursday.  Yesterday, we spent some special mother-daughter time together to mark the occasion. The two of us went to see actress and journalist Kelly Haramis perform a one-woman show about her journey to parenthood at the Chicago Fringe Festival.  The show was fast-paced and funny, punctuated by moments... Read more »

Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: When Kids Hurt Other Kids

Sexual Assault Awareness Month:  When Kids Hurt Other Kids
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.   This is the second guest post I have featured from a survivor of sexual assault.  In this woman’s story, she bravely sheds light on a terrible truth within the world of sexual abuse: older children are sometimes the ones who hurt younger children.  This story is also a painful... Read more »
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The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Adopting older children out of foster care is a very different experience from infant adoption, and it is my experience that there are fewer books and stories available about this topic.  I am pleased to share the following guest post with you, written by Brittney Dalton: By Brittney Dalton I am scared to allow you... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: Jan 2003 - Deciding to Adopt

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. January 2003 Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with... Read more »

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 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. By Danielle: My husband, Eric, and... Read more »
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I Had Been Waiting for Years: Guest Post by Melissa Flanagan

I can’t remember the exact age when I first thought I would struggle to bear children, though I distinctly recall having that thought sometime early on in high school.  Maybe it was the overly-painful, difficult menstruation I experienced at too young an age, or perhaps just intuition, but somehow I knew.  And I was right.... Read more »