Archive for March 2015

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine  You make me happy when skies are gray. There is not a mother or child in my orbit that does not know the lyrics to this song. My guess is that even reading those words above, you are singing it, on tune, inside your head.  It appears coded... Read more »

Lost and Found in Paradise

If you take out the religious overlay of the concept of paradise, it is defined as, “an ideal or idyllic place or state.”  So it is both a location, geography, and a feeling, or our internal geography, if you will. Last December I had the privilege of joining three other families in the geographical paradise... Read more »

Room to Mother: Some Thoughts on Adoption

I’ve been writing this post for about 15 months now.  It’s about adoption and adoption is complicated.  I mean, I always knew that, but I didn’t always know that.  And as time passes and I acknowledge my own naivete on the subject and how that naivete has shaped our own adoption, well, it’s been challenging.... Read more »

The Lion and the Lamb

I’ve written about spring before.  I do it every year, actually, as I feel so profoundly grateful and moved to share that gratitude by pounding it out on the keyboard.  Thank you, spring!  Thank you, warmth!  Thank you, lions and lambs!  I love you, both, but damn if I don’t feel moved to tears and... Read more »

Donna Day 2015: Another Day, Another Child, Another Dollar

Today is Donna Day — it’s the fourth annual Donna Day, actually.  Donna Day is a made up thing, really, but then again, what special day isn’t?  At one point, Valentine’s Day was just February 14 and Mother’s Day was one gal’s idea to honor her own mother who had just died.  So, yes, Donna... Read more »

Looking at Donna

At the top of our stairs is a digital frame that we got just a few days after Donna died.  We wanted something for the memorial service to show our favorite photos of Donna.  Her little four year old life, from birth to death, captured on an electronic screen. The photos have never changed.  Several... Read more »