Adoption Book Reports: “ABC Adoption and Me”

Hey guys!  I'm super excited to bring you another Adoption Book Report. Today's book review comes to you from an adoptive mama of three! This mama and her children reviewed the book ABC Adoption and Me by Gayle H. Swift. (This post contains affiliate links.) Summary of Book (from Amazon): A book about adoption that celebrates the miracle of family and addresses the difficult issues as well. With charming, exuberant illustrations and a diverse representation of families, ABC, Adoption & … [Read more...]

Adoptive Families: Dealing with the Questions.

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about things that are often said to adoptive parents, ranging from innocent, well-meaning statements to ones that are downright offensive. But here's the thing -- I can beg on my blog until I'm blue in the face for people to use terms  "biological child" and "birth mom", but the questions and comments will still come, and I have to figure out how to handle my own responses appropriately. While we were in the process to bring Baby Boy home, there was so much … [Read more...]

Adoption Book Reports: “The Colors of Us”

Today's book review is coming to you from Michelle, the blogger behind Trust Me I'm a Mom. Michelle has two daughters, age 3 and 1, and shares lots of fantastic ideas on her blog about serving with kids. You can even have her ideas delivered right to your inbox by signing up for her monthly newsletter. Michelle reviewed the book The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (this post contains affiliate links): Summary of Book (from Amazon): A positive and affirming look at skin color, from an artist’s … [Read more...]

The Adoptees’ Voices.

So if you haven't seen it, there's AMAZING conversations happening over on a post I penned last week. With the input of some close friends, I shared -- in my own sarcastic way -- comments that are made to us that can be invasive, hurtful and/or upsetting -- to our children as well as to us. I've really enjoyed seeing the response. Adoptive parents, birth mothers, adoptees, prospective adoptive parents, friends and family of adoptive parents are all weighing in. For the most part, everyone has … [Read more...]

Ten Things NOT to Say to Adoptive Parents.

A few days ago my 10 months pregnant friend at The Measured Mom posted a great list of things NOT to say to a pregnant woman, and politely suggest some alternatives.  I laughed out loud reading some of them, remembering how many of them were said to me -- and, shamefully, how many I have said to my pregnant friends, since I have forgotten what it's like to walk around with another human being inside of you! When I'm with my fellow adoptive girlfriends, you will often hear us say, "Oh, you … [Read more...]

Adoption Book Reports: God Found Us You

I'm so excited to share our first review for "Adoption Book Reports". Our first reviewer is none other than one of my real-life-besties, Mia. Mia is the mother of THREE -- two little girls, who are Yaya's real-life-besties, and a little boy in China, who will hopefully be joining their family this spring! Mia blogs beautifully about her family's adoption experience over at Unto Adoption.Mia and her daughters reviewed the book God Found Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren.Summary of book (from … [Read more...]

Special Needs Adoption.

You guys HAVE to go check out the Encompass Blog today. My old high school chum, Megan, who has always had a beautiful way with words, is sharing her adoption story about her beautiful little girl who suffers from vision loss: "I don’t FEEL special or worthy or in any way qualified to be Libby’s mama. But at the same time, I KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is the daughter that God had planned for me from before eternity. He didn’t give me any special gifts over and above the gifts … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Adopting Toddlers.

If you follow me over on the Encompass blog, you may know about an adoption series I'm doing over there called "What You Need to Know", featuring different stories from adoptive families. So far, I've had the privilege of "interviewing" two amazing sets of parents, who have shared their stories about fostering a child and adopting an older, waiting child internationally. I've reached out to other adoptive parents who will soon be sharing their stories about their adoption experiences, and … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things: January Edition.

Here's some things I'm loving right now.... little j. headbands So my mom is visiting right now, and came with a bag of these darling headbands she purchased in Utah. She had bought one for Yaya and for me as a gift, and picked up three other colors to have on hand as gifts. I promptly bought the "gifts" from her because I am so in love with them and needed one to match every possible outfit. I am a fan of anything that allows me to pin up my curly hair without having to actually "do" it -- … [Read more...]

Sign Up to Review A Book!

Remember a few weeks ago, when I shared a new upcoming feature on the blog? I'm hoping to get it up and running very soon into the New Year, and I've made it super easy to sign up for a book review (no small feat for this technology-challenged blogger)! All you have to do is CLICK HERE, which will direct you to a submission form where you can write your review. (Or, you can go to the homepage of my blog and click the BOOK REVIEW SUBMISSIONS tab.) I've found that as a transracial, … [Read more...]