Category Archives: Adoption

72 hour giveaway final push!

Go big, or go home!  Actually, that’s just what we need.  We need to go big, so we can get some babies home. Since writing the post about our fundraising efforts for the Goochers, Love through the Loss Giveaway, a … Continue reading

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Love Through the Loss Giveaway

Imagine your family, filled with joy and expecting your fourth child.  Only, things don’t go quite as planned, and your beautiful new princess will face a lifetime of unexpected challenges due to a traumatic birth injury.  Your family grieves for … Continue reading

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It’s World Down Syndrome Day!

Today is World Down Syndrome Day.  As the new mom of a child with Down syndrome, I was surprised to find this morning that I really wanted to dig out mismatched socks for all the kids and post Daisy’s picture … Continue reading

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Welcome Home, Daisy!

It’s nighttime in a big, empty apartment in downtown Odessa.  It has been my home base for the past month, including a wonderful breakfast of crepes, delightful yogurt, and coffee with steamed milk I would travel back across an ocean … Continue reading

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Am I a Saint?

When someone calls me a saint for adopting a child with (mild) special needs from across the world, I always deflect.  I say that we have a child who has attached to us so well, has minimal medical needs, and … Continue reading

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Hiding Her Heart

Where have we been for the past two months?  Well, the short answer is “Ukraine” and “locked away in our house.”  We have been through all kinds of emotional ups and downs, but the easiest part has been our wonderful … Continue reading

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We are home!

Well friends, our long adoption journey has reached its goal.  Our beautiful baby girl, the former orphan known as Libby, arrived safely home from Ukraine on August 20, 2013 at 18 months old. I introduce to you our sweet daughter, … Continue reading

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Overnight Train

Tonight is the last night.  The last night of not knowing.  The last night of wondering.  The last night it takes faith to believe she’s real. Our new daughter IS real. I am sitting on a train, next to a … Continue reading

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Saying Yes

How far can one family come in a week?  Quite unexpectedly, this next part of our life began just over a week ago with Faith’s birth early Saturday morning.  With the loss of our precious daughter came the realization that … Continue reading

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Proud, Not Ashamed

Somehow, just a week away from travelling to an Eastern European country to meet our daughter for the first time, and complete her country’s requirements for international adoption, a few people are encouraging me to feel ashamed, to question my … Continue reading

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