Thankful For Changes

This year was our first year eating Thanksgiving dinner with just us.  “Just” is relative term when there are 13 people in our immediate family.  On Thanksgiving last year, my extended family decided we were no longer welcome at their holiday celebrations.  By Christmas, it was decided they would no speak to us at all….

Scenes From A Summer Without You.

We’re at that odd stage in the adoption process when we’re close enough to the end goal that we feel like we’re missing someone from our family, but we’re still far enough away that I find myself living in a constant state of frustration.  It’s an odd feeling to miss someone you’ve never actually met….

I Love Sundays.

We are STILL waiting for our I800A approval from the government in order to move forward with our adoption from Colombia.  It is now day 48.  Sigh.   Sundays at our house are slow and lazy.  They’re mandatory family time as we worship at home together.  I’ve explained before why we left our church.  This morning’s sermon,…

Now We Get To Be Friends.

I am not a mother who subscribes to the theory that I can be ‘friends’ with my child.  I’m sure there are some parents who have that relationship with their children.  Some of my children came to me later in life, like halfway through their childhood, so becoming their friend wasn’t my first priority.  A…

Lazy Beach Days.

We just returned from seven lazy beach days courtesy of Spring Break.  These types of trips are becoming more and more important to me as time slowly ticks away with some of our kids.  Ally is finishing up her Freshmen year of high school, Cam will follow her next year. My time with them feels…

A Murder Mystery on NYE

2016 is about to roll out, and we’re anxiously waiting for 2017 to roll on in.  2016 hasn’t been the kindest of years.  We’re ready for it to end.  When we asked the kids how they wanted to kiss this year goodbye, they said they REALLY wanted to party.  This year Santa brought the kids…

Dance of the Goose

Last week, Goose danced her end of the semester dance recital. I think tiny ballerinas might be my FAVORITE OF ALL THINGS.   She danced the story of ‘The 12 Princesses’, and let me tell you, she is quite the actress.  When she ‘fell asleep’ there was a whole bunch of laughter from the crowd….

The 24 Hours After

Twenty-four hours ago, we elected a president. I’ve never openly discussed politics on this blog, but if you can read between the lines, you could probably infer where I stand. If you and I are friends on Facebook, no inference is required, you know. My political beliefs were driven further to the left this last…

Empowering for Adulthood

Our goal as parents is to raise children who become free and autonomous adults.  Free thinkers, able to regulate, capable of higher level thought processes and decision making.  We want happy kids who turn into happy adults.  When you have a kid from a hard place getting to that point feels as daunting as summiting…

Ally in Washington DC

This week, Ally got a chance to hold the whole world in her hands for just a little bit as she explored our nation’s capital, all by herself. The photography in this post is all her, up until the photos at the end of her re-entry.  She took an online class with me before she…

Signing Scavenger Hunt

Tomorrow is National ASL Day.  American Sign Language is so important in our home.  In fact, it is what most of our basic daily interactions take place in now.  I’m pretty proud of that.  I think we’re signing 80-90% of what we say, as parents.  Our kids are still working on it. To help them…

Scenes from a Saturday: Fun Fair and a Cut of their Hair.

I want to be so much better about posting the every day stuff we do around here on this blog, along with documenting the firsts .  Today was the elementary school Fun Fair.  I love this day every year and I will be SO sad when I don’t get to go to them anymore.  Luckily,…