I want to encourage all adoptive parents to consider journaling to their child(ren)’s birth mother/father. Even if you don’t believe the parent will ever be able to see your letters, it may one day be a comfort to your child when he or she is older. Also, it is nice to get down in writing some of your thoughts and struggles regarding the absence of the biological family.
Plus, you may never know. One day that journal may very well … Keep Reading!!!
It looks as though I’ve contracted malaria along with a couple of other things. Another of our Ethiopia team members also developed malaria and a host of other maladies. Please pray for his recovery and medical treatment.
It was pretty cool coming back to the kids having a blast while I was away. It is so funny – the misconception that babywearing and breastfeeding your infants will … Keep Reading!!!
Who doesn’t love a good birth or adoption story? This one is the Grumet family’s, in links that were compiled here by Kendall.
This post (January 28, 2010), written in the midst of other posts regarding social worker visits (“Please God, let my house be clean!”), endless notarizing, and multiple sets of fingerprints, details the reasons for choosing to adopt from Ethiopia specifically. Samuel had turned 3 a little over a month before this post was written.
Earlier this year I attended an adoption-centered Christian women’s retreat. One evening at dinner, some of my table-mates asked me my thoughts about ethics in Ethiopian adoptions. I gave a guarded response, knowing that many of these women were in process to adopt. Ultimately, I shared that I personally would not adopt a young, healthy child from Ethiopia at this time because of my concerns over the pervasive corruption in the system. I also shared some guidelines that I … Keep Reading!!!
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“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like
Yes, unfortunately adoption is trendy.
I am very worried about the consequences of adoption being something stylish, rather than a creation of a family.
(Fact: Ethiopian adoptions doubled following Angelina Jolie’s adoption of her daughter.)
International and transracial adoptions are quickly sweeping over Hollywood. As family that adopted internationally and transracially, I understand the reasoning behind intercountry adoption and embracing a child of any color. However, it has come to my attention the motivation being some of these adoptions … Keep Reading!!!
Today is my SITS Day! (It’s a big deal!)
So, here is a little about who I am and about this blog for all my fellow SITS sisters and new readers-
I’m the mother of two beautiful boys.
This picture pretty much sums up my life- I can’t tame my children or my hair:
but my kids love me:
I am a Christian.
I am a … Keep Reading!!!
Samuel has been a part of our family for one year!
Happy One Year Home Samuel! And Many More With Us And Ama to come!
I’d like everyone to meet Jenny! She is a rock star in the breastfeeding world!
1. Tell us about your personal breastfeeding experience with your children:
My daughter joined our family via adoption when she was 10 months old. I had followed the Newman-Goldfarb Protocols for Induced Lactation for the previous 12 months so that I’d be able to breastfeed her. I amazed both my husband and myself when I was able to bring in a significant milk supply … Keep Reading!!!
I know some agencies allow adopting out of birth order, and some don’t.
I understand why some agencies think it isn’t a good idea, but it definitely can be the right decision for certain families.
We went into it knowing that it was going to be difficult, but we knew ultimately we could thrive if our referral came and our child was older than Aram. We were right.
From our experience here are some of the pros and cons of … Keep Reading!!!