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The Gift of Open Adoption: Part 1

When I first heard about open vs closed adoption, I will admit that I had my reservations about the "openness" factor. I wondered what it really meant to have an "open" adoption and if that would make you feel scared as an adoptive parent. Of course, taking classes and reading books is nothing like actually [...]

Where to go from here

I'm struggling. I had a miscarriage last August and went on clomid in October. I stayed on it for three cycles, then decided I wanted to take a break, but still try to get pregnant. When AF arrived at the end of that cycle, my husband encouraged me to try clomid again, so I did. [...]

What's In a Name

I have loved names for as long as I remember.  As a child, I had a notebook where I would write down names for all the future children I planned on having (at one point I said I wanted nine.... this was clearly before I had any sense of what labor and raising children was [...]

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One Year Old

Well, we made it. What a crazy/amazing year it has been. Before Isaiah was born we weren't sure we'd even get the chance to adopt him, and here we are a year later with a full blown, almost walking, almost talking one year old. Eating: He is eating solids like a pro and he is [...]

19 faces, an art project for kids

I’m a big fan of kids creating their own art. It’s probably my favorite thing to do with my daughter because I can tell that she truly enjoys it. There is nothing to practice with art or to master for a child -- they are free to just make. Here is a fun project Gemma [...]

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Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey

In our house, it seems like nearly every meal includes chicken or ground turkey.  They tend to go on sale frequently, they are healthy options and I can always come up with something to make with them without thinking too hard or requiring ingredients beyond our normal pantry staples. But really, don't we all get [...]

Just after finishing our 10K!

Self-esteem and motherhood

Recently there was a post on the boards where someone asked a fairly simple question. How is your self-esteem these days?  My answer to that is not very easy for me to own up to, but I did answer on the board and I have been thinking about it ever since. I hate to acknowledge [...]

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