Tag: loss

For Auntie Gail: May Your Laugh Light the Skies

My earliest memories of family gatherings include the laughter and love of my Auntie Gail. You could not miss her presence in a room; it was as impossible as missing the sun alighting in the morning sky. Gail lived out loud in every way. When I was a little girl growing up in the seventies... 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 »

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 »

Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY

Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY
I couldn’t sleep.  I listened to the rain slapping onto our skylights and watched the flashes of lightning, and I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety.  Nature is just so much bigger than we are. Images of the devastation from Oklahoma kept me awake.  I looked up at my ceiling and tried to imagine what... Read more »