My family and I recently visited the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum to see the “Butterflies Alive” exhibit. I wanted to go so that my children could see the unique butterflies and experience them flying around while enjoying their beauty. When we arrived, we were given a butterfly map of the various kinds that could be found inside the enclosed space. My 3 year old daughter and I grabbed the first bench we saw and started pointing out the butterflies … Keep Reading!!!
My four year-old loves to investigate things. This means he is very happy to spill stuff, open cupboards, and search the house for anything he wants to learn about. This also means that sometimes he makes decisions that are a bit perplexing like spilling glue all over the table to see what it feels like or breaking a marker and … Keep Reading!!!
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
Yesterday I went to the UPS store to mail a double breast pump and breastfeeding loot to a local friend, and also the infamous TIME issue to a friend in Spain who never could find a copy and wanted to read the article.
I tried to hide the cover until I had to give it to the postman to mail. He picked it up and weighed it while Aram walked up to read the numbers on the scale. The … Keep Reading!!!
People have been asking my mom lately how and why she became a breastfeeding advocate in the 1980s. It was due to lack of support and misguided information in the 1970s that led her to follow her instincts when she had me in the late 1980s.
My parents had my brother and sister in their early 20s when my dad was pre-med (studying to be an OB) at UC Berkeley. It was the 1970s and things were different back … Keep Reading!!!
It seems like all parents to to give their children a better childhood and life than the one they had.
I was blessed with a very happy childhood, and I am trying to give my children close to the same one I have. However, there were things in my own childhood I wish my parents had done or hadn’t done (see above picture).
Here is a list of what I learned not to do from my parents:
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This drink recipe was discovered at the Grange in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Light and refreshing! The perfect cocktail to sip in these warm summer months.
I am often asked by my close friends and by people I have met through this process exactly how we ended up on the Time cover. Like I said in the previous post, now that the dust has settled and I am left with the people who are reading this blog to be a part of a community, I feel comfortable opening up and explaining what happened from our perspective.
We initially were contacted through Time via e-mail. (There … Keep Reading!!!
I am so happy I can start using this blog as a true outlet again. I was waiting until my blog traffic died down and the community that remained was one with whom I was actively building relationships and healthy dialogue. I am so thankful that it has only taken a couple of months for that to happen.
This post and the one that will follow are going to be a bit of venting. In this post, I’m giving my … Keep Reading!!!
Tonight I started putting together a book for Aram containing the letters and comments of support we received after the TIME cover came out. There are thousands of beautiful messages to sift through. I wanted to make sure that in the front there were the letters from parents who said the cover gave them strength to not hide the way they parent to their friends and family, or that they now have the courage to allow their child to self … Keep Reading!!!
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