Mother’s Day: Time to Dance, Time to Grieve

Mother’s Day often arrives packed with emotion. Our little princess breathes new meaning of Mother’s Day into our lives. On this special dayPrincess in waiting each year, I must recognize my daughter has a need I can never fill.

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Mother’s Day can be a difficult day (season) for the woman waiting for a child. It can make the waiting of the paper pregnancy especially emotional this time of year.

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Shedding Light on Timing

This Beth Moore quote on God’s timing and my attitude is something I wish I had seen during our adoption waiting. Many times during our decade-long journey of waiting for our daughter I struggled with God’s timing. God is outside of time. He sees the big picture. Sometimes we only see in hindsight,,,

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Attractions in 2013…

Grand: In the eye of the beholder

My daughter took this self-portrait a few years ago. She definitely takes unique photos. What is extra stunning about this particular photo is that my daughter lost her right eye to cancer as an infant, so for her, a self-portrait focuses in on the eye she sees with. Here are three more pictures from her perspective…

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Screaming Inside

There are some things that an adopted child goes through at some point of the journey regardless of the adoption age. Dealing with a child’s grief and loss. “He held her tightly against himself . . . with her flailing and screaming. Any child would have …

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Exactly the Right One

“Of all the things Melissa had said, the thing that stood out most was to stop asking if this little girl was the right girl for our family and start asking if we could be the right family for this little girl.” God knew before she was born that we were the right family.

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Whirlpools and Waves: The Paper Pregnancy

Are you in the midst of whirlpools and waves? Sometimes a paper pregnancy can be as overwhelming as the sea.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Sea–and the emotions it brings to mind.

I know that during our long journey …there were most definitely times of feeling caught in a whirlpool or undertow. Ever feel like you are drowning and might not be able to come up for air?

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Heart for Adoption

I have created this Heart for Adoption Award for the purpose of encouraging and blessing bloggers who have a heart for adoption, and use their blogs as a way to encourage and bless others on their adoption journeys. It is an award not only for adoptive parents, but also for adoptees. The first people I would like to honor with this award are: