Author Archive for Mrs. Jacks


Telling the girls

As with our last adoption, we have very little time between when we matched and when we'll be bringing a baby home. This means that there is no time to withhold any of the information from the girls while the situation becomes more stable. We were going to have to tell them about the baby [...]

The Amazing Race

Within the first 24 hours of finding out that Jack Jack's little sibling was soon to be born, we re-worked our entire idea of what our family was going to look like, did extensive calculations about our financial capabilities, and had some emotional conversations with family members and friends. We knew that saying yes would [...]

You finally find peace, and... Part III

It was indeed a sleepless night. First thing in the morning, we were scrambling to see if we could work out the financials to bring home Jack Jack's sibling. We wanted to talk to all the right people to see if we were thinking logically and putting together a plan that made sense going into [...]

You finally find peace, and... Part II

After what seemed like days, Mr. Jacks finally called me back. I had told him earlier in the day that the agency had called and that I must have somehow been in trouble with them. So it wasn't surprising that his first words were, "What did you do?" in a Ricky Ricardo voice. My response [...]

You finally find peace, and...

You might remember that back in May I was grappling with the same question that so many of us struggle with. How do any of us know when our family is complete? I couldn't shake the feeling back then that maybe the Jacks Family wasn't yet whole, though I also couldn't see a clear path [...]

Bunk bed hack!

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I recently undertook a project that I thought was worth sharing. It wasn't that hard, gives my girls great joy, and is highly functional. Mrs. Bee has even blogged about some of the hacks that gave me inspiration. We bought the Ikea Kura bed, with the [...]

Coming to peace about family size

I hope you don’t mind if I reminisce for a bit. Back in 2009, before Hellobee existed, Mr. Jacks and I conceived our first daughter somewhat unexpectedly on our honeymoon. We knew we wanted a baby, but I was 38 at the time, so people (including my physicians) told me to anticipate at least a [...]

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