Posts tagged "grief"

Passover: Grief, Freedom, Harry Potter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The family was hanging out in the kitchen this morning. One of the girls asked about our plans for the Seder tonight. I paused. “We’re doing a small Seder,” I said. I glanced at my husband, who was standing next to me. He gave me a sympathetic look. I took a deep breath. “The truth... Read more »

Preparing to Watch "This Is Us" Finale

My husband and I have been watching This Is Us with our thirteen-year-old daughter. It is not an easy show to watch. Like the parents on the show — Jack and Rebecca — my husband and I have two biological children and one child through adoption. Our thirteen-year-old was adopted as a baby – not... Read more »

No Justification Needed To Keep Her Own Baby

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 Carrie Goldman It was... Read more »
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I Don't Know What Would Have Been Best

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 Leanna Lyons 1969... Read more »

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 »

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story
Next weekend, I am taking my almost-twelve-year-old daughter to visit her birthmother, brother and sister. Up until now, the annual reunions have had a single goal: spend time together in a fun environment. We eat at casual family restaurants, swim in the hotel pool, attend museums and movies, and generally hang out. During these visits,... Read more »
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Today is Donna Day! Remembering a 4-yr-old bright light.

Today is Donna Day! I think about Donna all the time.  Perhaps it is because I am on the third round of raising a four-year-old girl, and Donna was a four-year-old girl when she died of a rare brain tumor called a papillary meningioma. I think about my now four-year-old, Cleo, and it is incomprehensible... Read more »

Adoption: Hurtful Words Said To Us In A Time Of Grief Can Sear The Heart

Adoption: Hurtful Words Said To Us In A Time Of Grief Can Sear The Heart
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth 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 Rebecca Vahle Many hospitals... Read more »

Can Someone Be Your Father When He Doesn't Know You Exist?

Can Someone Be Your Father When He Doesn't Know You Exist?
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth 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 Stephanie Goss Hlavin I... Read more »
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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 »