Author Archive for Mrs. Jacks


Birth of a story

I wanted to update the Hellobee family as soon as possible with a birth announcement, but things have been hectic and different from what we envisioned for the early days with a new baby. Theodore Francis Valentine was born last Friday morning. The adoption story has been eclipsed by some very serious acute health care […]


You’re sweet: A Valentine

Because of my work schedule, I’m not the most participatory mom when it comes to school events and activities (though I try to be as present as I can). I’ve made it a tradition, though, to always do a little something extra when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Despite the unfortunate (or fortunate as the […]

Less than a week to go: checklist manifesto

Time is running short before we head off to the hospital for the final hill and drop of our current roller coaster ride. We are in nervous anticipation, but also surprisingly calm. Part of that is because we’ve been so busy with family life. It’s my high season at work, so long hours have been […]


Family of Four: Eating for $250 a month, Part II

I walked you through what types of things we buy, but now I want to show you how we use it. Every week when we go to the store, I’ve been recording what we buy and I’ve kept a running list of dinners. Keep in mind that we strategically purchase and save things, so there […]

Roller coaster update

When I last updated you with the emotional part of our current adoption process, we were in a deep dark place while hoping and waiting for placement. Since that time, we’ve had moments of elation and moments of despair. Such is the story with matched and waiting adoptive families. It’s interesting. If you go with […]

The Name Game (Take 2)

You might remember all the criteria we had when we were picking a name for Jack Jack. We wanted a name that fit with our older daughter’s name, that evoked the spirit of the early twentieth century, that wasn’t too popular currently, and ended in -ia. We hoped we might find a name with family […]


Family of Four: Eating for $250 a month.

Several months ago, I wrote about our lay-off budget. That budget allowed us to come out of Mr. Jacks’ layoff relatively unscathed. Going into this adoption, we knew that we could at least implement that plan without problem. But we also still had a cash shortfall. We needed to do more to afford the two […]

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