Thanksgiving Fail. Kind of.

Our family had big plans for Thanksgiving. I've been training to run a Thanksgiving 5k -- which we've always walked in past years. Following our run, we were going to attend a short Thanksgiving worship service that Joel was leaving at a senior living center, and then go to a friend's house to celebrate and eat with some of our dearest, closest friends. I was so excited for ALL of these events, and even more excited that it was Baby Boy's first Thanksgiving -- a holiday I knew he would … [Read more...]

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If You’re Considering Adoption…

The other day, a fellow adoptive mama shared a really tragic article on her Facebook wall. The article relayed the unbelievably awful story of an Ethiopian adoptee who died as a result of abuse and neglect from her adoptive family. It went on to detail other instances where Christian adoptive families have abused, neglected or treated their adopted children with indifference. I absolutely cringe when I read an article like this. I cringe because it is awful and horrific to think of this … [Read more...]

Chapter Books for Little Ones

My 4-year-old LOVES to read -- and it's actually one of my favorite things to do with her. Baby Boy is a bundle of activity, but thankfully he naps longer and goes to bed earlier than she does, so we take advantage of this time alone together by cuddling in a cozy corner of her room and reading books on her beanbag. Since we're not doing formal preschool, reading is one of the ways I really teach Yaya. I usually start by reading a chapter out loud to her from a chapter book. She will then … [Read more...]

Shop for a Cause!

Last year, as our world was opened through adoption, we began to learn about so many wonderful organizations doing truly amazing things to help people rise above poverty. As we did our shopping for Christmas gifts, it suddenly became very important to us to figure out presents that did more than just provide the receiver with a new shiny object. We sought to purchase gifts that supported adoptive families or vulnerable children. This year, we're hoping to do the same. My 4-year-old and I had … [Read more...]

Blog Makeover and My Top 10 Favorite Blogs.

Welcome to my new/old blog. My blog has outgrown Weebly and I've been thinking for awhile that I needed to switch to a Wordpress hosted site. Since I am NOT tech-savvy AT ALL, I basically copied and pasted 128 of my 200 posts from the past year-and-a-half, and then switched the domain over to Wordpress. Unfortunately, this means I lost all of my comments and pictures from old posts -- but I'll work on gradually restoring pictures to my most popular posts! All right, with all that mundane stuff … [Read more...]

Train Up A Child Month 5: A Recital for Charity

 I'm really excited to tell you about this month's Train Up A Child project, which has actually been in the works since August. Those of you who read my blog regularly or know me in real life know that I'm a piano teacher. I teach 33 students, mostly in a group lesson setting, and I am madly in love with my job and my students.Reason #5,304 that I love where I live is that the community is passionate about volunteering and giving back. We have a beloved local charity provides therapeutic … [Read more...]

Letting Go.

Now that Baby Boy is good and attached and can go without me for short periods of time, I decided he would be okay to head to Kid Care at the gym while I work out a few days a week. The first day I left the kids for just fifteen minutes, being nervous with his allergies, attachment, etc. But when I walked back into the room he and Yaya were giggling and playing with the other kids and having a great time. So the next time, Joel and I went together and decided to leave them for a half an … [Read more...]

The Lonely.

Yesterday was a day that many Christian churches celebrate as "Orphan Sunday." It's a chance to reflect and pray about God's calling to care for the orphans, a day set aside typically on the first Sunday of November, National Adoption Awareness month. I'm friends with many adoptive mamas on Facebook, and it was beautiful to scroll through my feed and see pictures of adopted children with the Bible passage, "God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:6) ascribed to many of them.I came across this … [Read more...]

Chalk Paint.

I haven't had much time to form coherent thoughts resembling a blog post over the past week. I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Most of our furniture is comprised of generous hand-me-downs, finds from garage sales or second hand stores and stuff on clearance at World Market for having a giant crack. So it works out well that I just so happen to love the look of painted wood. My big project this winter is combining the kids' individual rooms into one room. We're moderate attachment … [Read more...]