Encouragement from the Other Side.

I've been having one of those weeks where I've been filled with thoughts of, "At this time last year." Maybe it's because of my husband's words about the difficulty in waiting, which were featured last week over at the Lifesong for Orphans blog. Maybe it's because my birthday is this weekend (I'm turning thirty. I don't want to talk about it.) and I'm remembering how sad I was during my birthday last year, when we were just a couple of weeks into our wait to bring home Baby Boy and I felt so … [Read more...]

Back to School.

So this week is "back to school" in our area. While Yaya is old enough to be in her second year of preschool, we've opted to keep her home until she begins kindergarten next year. It isn't because we think preschool is evil or anything of the sort; it's just because this is what works well for our family and has been a good fit for Yaya.My at home plan for educating Yaya has been that I don't really have one. I've tried following a couple of different preschool curricula I've found online, but … [Read more...]

Book Review.

Today I'm reviewing a darling book about adoption called ABC, Adoption and Me. I'm a sucker for ABC books, so an ABC book about adoption? Yes, please!One of the neat things about this book is that it was written by an adoptive mom and her daughter, so the perspective of both adoptive parent and adoptee is weaved carefully into the concepts and language of the book. … [Read more...]

Daughter Dates.

I've heard it over and over from adoptive parents: don't forget about the needs of your biological child(ren) when your adopted child(ren) comes home.I thought we had pretty much avoided this issue. Yaya adjusted beautifully when Baby Boy came home -- better than we had hoped or imagined she would. She loves and adores her brother (for the most part). … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?

Last night we had the privilege of hosting a Congolese student -- who attends the graduate program of our local university -- for dinner. The adoption group we are a part of put us in touch with him, and we invited over other families who are in process of adopting from Congo over for dinner and the chance to ask this young man questions. I made Chicken Mwamba, the DRC's national dish, and we spent the evening listening and talking. It was wonderful. From the moment he walked in the door, I … [Read more...]

Train Up A Child Month Two: Running for Charity

Surprise, surprise -- I've actually made it two months of sticking with the Train Up A Child Challenge! Long-time readers of this blog may remember that last year, our family participated in the Scramble for Ethiopia. Our family's registration fees went towards helping build a well in Ethiopia, and we also used the opportunity to raise money for our adoption from generous friends who sponsored our 15K relay team by donating to AdoptTogether (we raised over $2,000 -- thank you friends!). The … [Read more...]

Blessings and Blogs.

So today I just want to share some really cool stuff with you.First of all, My Best Friend Jen Hatmaker wrote a beautiful post about the adoption camp we attended. It put into words so much more concisely and eloquently than I why adoption camp meant so much to me. I hope that -- even if you're not an adoptive family -- you'll CLICK HERE and read it because it's important and good stuff.Secondly, I have to share some amazing things that have been happening over here for Baby Boy. As I've blogged … [Read more...]

Ways to Introduce Your Child to Classical Music.

So, remember how I said that I was going to start blogging about a variety of subjects, and it would probably seem very random? This is one of those blog posts.I've focused largely on adoption and, specifically, our family's journey through adoption. While it probably is my absolute favorite topic to write about, I'm also a music teacher and have done some extensive research, writing and training in this area -- specifically when it comes to early childhood education. So, even though it probably … [Read more...]

Adoptive Families Camp.

You guys, I had the most amazing time last week at the Encompass Adoptive Family Camp. It was amazing in so many ways and for so many reasons and I've been feeling renewed and restored since returning home -- how often can you say that after a family vacation?So anyways, if you're an adoptive family then you simply must come to this camp next year -- or find an opportunity near you for one. Here's why:EnrichmentOh my goodness did I learn a lot. We had three workshops that focused on various … [Read more...]