Category: Adoption

Such a proud momma...I NEVER imagined we would get here!

To those of you who know me, either personally or through my blog, you will know that my husband, Martin, and I struggled for years with our adopted son, E, who just turned 15. When I say “struggle,” that is one helluva understatement. Our beautiful house that we bought just 5 short years ago looks... Read more »

After the 11 proposed conditions for medical marijuana got denied

When the latest list of 11 qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program ( and I am using the term “marijuana” entirely for SEO purposes) were rejected on September 10, I and all the thousands of Illinois cannabis activists and prospective patients who worked tirelessly to try and get them passed felt like we were... Read more »

Confessions of a special needs mom

Welp, Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I used to hate Mother’s Day, but now I don’t. In celebration of this blessed Hallmark card buying, excessive chocolate partaking, flower giving event, I thought I would confess to all the weird things that I have done to keep some semblance of my own sanity while parenting my... Read more »
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It's National Infertility Awareness Week; our journey to parenting through adoption

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and those of you currently going through this heartbreaking ordeal need to know that you are not alone. Our roller coaster ride of infertility is now a distant memory since at the end it, we were able to adopt a beautiful baby boy in 2000. We had 18... Read more »

Here's what I gave up parenting my special needs child, but here's what I got back

Never been there with our son We have never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. In fact, we have never been on a family vacation. The closest that we came to a family vacation was winning a weekend hotel stay at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Chicago. It turned out to be a horrible nightmare. When... Read more »

Parental Oversharing: How much is too much?

As many of you know, I have a 14 year old adopted son whom we adopted when he was 2 days old. As a result of the trauma of being adopted, he has displayed many behaviors that have caused our family unit a great deal of stress. Now, there’s an understatement. Over the years, I... Read more »
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Mummy, can I buy this?

As he uttered those 5 words, chills ran down my spine… Mummy.Can.I.Buy.This. This is “E speak” for I want to spend my allowance, to which I am not entitled until I get the money from the After School Matters program to pay for the TV I broke on February 2 which my Mom paid to... Read more »