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...]

How to Get Your Kids to Sit Still in Church: JUST KIDDING!

When I blogged about adopting toddlers last week, I shared that church is not exactly easy for us these days. While Baby Boy danced his way through a two hour gospel service when we attended church in Los Angeles this past fall, he cannot make it through even a few minutes on a typical Sunday. Worse than getting through a church service in the sanctuary with him is taking him to the nursery. Baby Boy doesn't like to be confined, for one thing. And in front of our nursery sits a table full of … [Read more...]

Book Blast: Riley’s Lost Tooth

  Title: Riley's Lost Tooth Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February 16, 2010 Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group Number of pages: 24 Recommended age: 4+ Summary: Oh no! One of Sunday's very favorite humans, Riley, has lost her tooth! But where did it go? How did she lose it? Why does no one besides Sunday seem to care? It isn't long before the tooth fairy steps in and tries to teach the pups all about growing up. Join Sunday and her two … [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...]

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature.

You guys know how passionate I am about raising kids who are globally-minded citizens. That's why I am stoked to team up with an amazing group of bloggers for Multicultural Children's Book Day. As we began to educate ourselves on becoming a transracial family when we set out to adopt from Africa, I became grossly aware that the vast collection of books we possessed was not very diverse in the characters and cultures represented. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US … [Read more...]

Train Up A Child Challenge: MLK Day of Service

Our MLK Day of Service (and also our January project for our Train Up A Child challenge) was to spread some multicultural literacy love. This week, I'm participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day (check back tomorrow for our book review and kids' activities!). Inspired by what I've learned from sharing in that event, Yaya and I took to our local bookstore to pick up books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and multiculturalism to share. I explained to Yaya that we were going to … [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...]

When Should My Child Start Music Lessons?

As a piano teacher, I am often asked when "the best" time to start music lessons is. While this varies from child to child, I'll be perfectly honest and say that as both a music teacher and a mother -- I'm a fan of beginning lessons at an early age. Musical experiences should start early. Birth to age six is a formative time for all kinds of development -- including musical development. For the lifelong benefits of cognition, higher test scores, enhanced ability to focus and overall … [Read more...]

Giveaway for THREE little j. Headbands.

You guys. I am SO excited. Remember last week when I shared these awesome crocheted headbands from little j. on my post about my favorite things? Well the creators of these beautiful accessories contacted me about doing a GIVEAWAY for blog readers. And not a little one either. You can enter to win a giveaway for THREE crocheted headbands (in colors of your choice) -- a $60 value -- plus free shipping using my Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this page. The giveaway will last for one … [Read more...]