Today, I Was A Good Mom.

I don’t feel like a very good mom lately.  I’m angry about all the things I can’t fix for Isa.  I’m tired.  I feel old.  I feel beat down.  In those moments, I tell myself I don’t deserve to be celebrated. Mother’s Day is Sunday. This post is for all of the parents who don’t…

Tess’s Mindfulness Resources

This is Tess.  She is now 7 years old.  Tess is a Congenital Heart Disease Warrior, having lived through two complex open heart surgeries.  She had a major heart surgery on her 2nd birthday, and again at the age of 4 years, 2 months.  Those surgeries each came with difficult recoveries.  Tess is incredibly verbal,…

Showing Me The Signs

Happy National ASL Day!  To learn a little more about why exactly today was chosen to be National ASL Day, check out this site.  Be sure to watch the video on the first page.  It isn’t subtitled, but the transcript is below.  The signing is wonderful, and I didn’t know the explanation for why today…

Spring (Break) Renewal

We spent a quiet, but not uneventful, Spring Break at home.  We had plans to travel to the Motor City for Spring Break, but Isa burst onto the scene, and it is best for her to have some time to get used to our routine at home. She and Jax both celebrated their birthdays on…

The Intersection of Adoption and Depression.

After every adoption I have completed, I go through a period of depression.  I don’t say this to scare anyone, or to have a ‘woe is me’ moment.  I say it because this feeling during this period has become so familiar.  I can imagine that it isn’t familiar to everyone who adopts, which is why…

Introducing Isabel

We’re keeping it low key over here.  Pajamas all day as we play, snuggle and brush off the jet lag. For all of you who prayed us home though, I had to come and introduce you to Isabel.  She is amazing.  She is so fearless that she fits right in around here.  Her warrior sisters…

One More Day–Day Thirteen

Today, to take our minds off the fact that we only have one day left before we bid Joe and Isabel farewell, we decided to head to the science museum.  It was one rainy afternoon in Bogotá and the kids were super excited to visit Maloka. Then we went and ate familiar food.  Cam never…

Back to Bogotá–Day Twelve

We’re now 48 hours from leaving Joe and Isabel behind to finish the adoption process.  On Friday, at the absolute crack of dawn, 12 of us will head to the airport and the other two will head a few hours down the road to La Mesa.  La Mesa is a smaller town about three hours…

Slow And Simple–Day Eleven

We have all the necessary paperwork to leave Isabel’s home district of Nariño and head back to Bogotá.  We are both so very excited about this, and so sad.  We spent a lot of time today talking about the move toward home and how much we will miss Columbia. Today, after collecting the necessary paperwork,…

Paperchasing in Pasto–Day Ten

Today was spent out and about on the city streets.  We needed to paperchase with our Colombian attorney.  Signatures, notarizations, all the most boring parts of adoption. The kids were troopers, and I only had to put the fear of God into one of them once.  I can usually just shoot them a look to…