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Carole Towriss Adoption 1 Comment

I always think of adding my kids to our family in terms of the holidays. Emma was born on Christmas Eve. Mira was born on December 21, but we met her on the day we celebrate Easter in the west and brought her home on Orthodox Easter, one week later. And Dara and Johnny we brought home two days before …

Why Would You Want to Do That?

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Parenting 1 Comment

A case in Qatar this week made international headlines. An American couple of Asian descent has just been released after being trapped in the tiny middle-eastern country of Qatar for almost two years. In 2012, the Huangs were relocated to Doha, the capital of Qatar, by his employer to work on a major infrastructure project for the 2022 World Cup. …

Memorable Day #3: Bringing Them Home

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Parenting, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Thirteen years ago yesterday we brought home Dara and Johnny. While we spent three weeks in Kazakhstan adopting Mira, we were gone only ten days start to finish with these two. We arrived home around 6pm the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. John’s dad brought Emma and Mira to the airport, and several of our friends were waiting at our house to greet …

Memorable Day 2: New Beginnings, Great Extremes

Carole Towriss Adoption, Christianity, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting, Uncategorized 4 Comments

On December 22, 1998, we signed the closing papers for the house we now live in. We’d built what we thought would be the house we’d grow old in down in Atlanta. But then John accepted a transfer to the DC bureau of CNN, so we left everything we’d grow accustomed to, all our friends, the church we’d been part …

How Many Times Do I Have to Prove My Children Are Mine?

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting 5 Comments

Last week we got passports for all our children. Should be a straightforward process, even for adopted children. We had to show the adoption decree along with birth certificates and proof of citizenship. It turned out to be a huge mess. Because we wanted to travel before the standard three-month window, we went to a library where there was a …

Father Knows Best

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C. 0 Comments

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, so like everyone else I was thinking of our freedom, our country, our privileges. As you know, my three adopted kids came from Kazakhstan. Buggy had to apply for her citizenship after we brought her home in April 1999. It was a formality—they had to grant it, but we still had to fill out …

Help me, Mama!

Carole Towriss Adoption, In the Shadow of Sinai, Parenting 0 Comments

Mutter (German). Mère (French). Majka (Serbian). Mat’ (Russian). Madre (Spanish). And in Hebrew: Imma. In any language, mothers are special. They are who we run to whenever we are in trouble. Even Bezalel. Bezalel considered his choices as he hiked home. He knew severe punishment awaited any slave who ran away, but he could not leave Ahmose behind. A seven-year-old …