Posts Tagged ‘Mistakes’

Being Home: Is there anything we need?

How was the trip home? What is it like being home as a family of three? How is Elliott adjusting? How are you adjusting? How is attachment going? Is there anything you need? As time allows, I will answer these questions and just post them as they are completed (click links above for previous posts). […]

Parenting: A Crash Course

Well, we have officially survived a full week of toddler parenting!  Like any new parenting experiences, be it through adoption or birth, it has had its ups and downs, its victories and its defeats … but we made it! After our brief but emotional goodbye with Baba and Jaja, our life as a family of […]

The First Week: A Timeline in Facebook Posts

Our first full week with Baby W was spent living with his foster family.  It was a truly life-changing experience that we will treasure forever!  The only downside was that we were so busy spending time with them and bonding as a family, we didn’t have much time left for updating the blog.  This past […]

Finally.

Many months ago, I asked Alex: “What are you most looking forward to?” I was talking about in terms of our adoption, but that didn’t need to be said.  Alex’s answer was immediate and adorable. “Snuggles.” He went on to describe snuggling Baby W late at night in the rocking chair in his room, or […]

“How to Be the Village”, by Jen Hatmaker

This post is a part of our Orphan Awareness Month series in November 2014 to advocate, educate, and spark discussion about topics relating to adoption and orphan care.  To check out the other posts in the OAM series, click here.   One of the topics I wanted to cover this month was to share some […]

Don’t Tell My Son That He’s “Lucky”

This post is a part of our Orphan Awareness Month series in November 2014 to advocate, educate, and spark discussion about topics relating to adoption and orphan care.  To check out the other posts in the OAM series, click here.   I’ve always loved fairy tales.  Although I was much more interested in climbing trees […]

The Last Two Days: High to Low …

We decided to chronicle our adoption experience in blog-form because 1) we wanted a record of it, 2) writing is how I process all The Feelings, 3) we wanted to honestly portray an adoption experience for anyone else considering or pursing adoption.  I am so glad we chose to do it!  It has been more […]

Jessica, this is your brain talking. I quit.

Guys.  I am getting nervous about the fact that although our paperwork is ALL BUT FINISHED, we still have a two trips to Europe to survive, and my brain is very near calling it quits. This is a problem.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to need my brain. This morning, the doorbell rang and from […]

A Day in Des Moines

It has been a long and busy week for us in the adoption department … and somehow the week is not over??  Through the weekend and early part of this week, we were in grant application insanity mode.  We had about 5-6 grant applications that we had been working on for weeks and weeks finally […]

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