More often than not you’ll find me writing about family life. In our family that includes adoption and some of the challenges that come with building a family in that manner. I will have guests from time to time as we discuss these topics and others.
I am also an advocate for children who don’t have parents. I hate the stigma that comes with the word “orphan,” though you will hear me use it. Nothing in my life has affected me more that the children we left behind when we took our children from orphanages. You will hear me talk about these little people, who for a few short years, need big people as much as big people need them. I always think of these children as my friends; the friends I left behind.
Every once in a while I get a wild hair and I write about something else. In a former life I did a lot of travel and I still get out from time to time. So don’t be surprised if that crops up here.
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I first learned to cope with death as I walked away from a Russian orphanage with my new daughter, shrieking in my arms. Of all the places I could have been when the door burst open and spewed out the contents of […] Read More →
Depression in teens with Down syndrome is serious business. My teen that has Down syndrome is a bit sadder during the summer. I’m not sure he’s depressed, but he is definitely discouraged more often. Jack is a real schedule person […] Read More →
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It wasn’t Emily’s fault. Oh sure, she committed the crime; but it still wasn’t her fault. My daughter had committed a felony but it wasn’t anything that hadn’t been done to her from her earliest memories, right up until the […] Read More →
Rippling biceps; six pack abs; toned calves and thighs… yep; that’s how my family members look. On the inside. Oh, we’re not the crux of healthy living when it comes to eating and exercise; but under the skin? Well, we’re […] Read More →
Western society was shocked in the mid 1990s when we heard that there were 132 million orphans in the world. As good hearted people took this number at face value, many rushed out to give homes to the vast number […] Read More →
I had always understood empathy to be trying to imagine myself in someone else’s shoes, and then trying to understand how it would feel. I got it half right. The greatest lesson I ever learned in college was not in […] Read More →
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