Learning to Let Go

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The last few weeks have been quite busy at our house. My two youngest turned sixteen and are driving (with a permit). Johnny was asked to escort a pretty young classmate to the Navy Ball for NJROTC, and John took him to buy a new suit since he’s grown so much over the last year. Dara signed up to go …

The Perfect Gift

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November and December are my kitty’s favorite months. Our tree goes up November 1. It might take a week or two to get all the ornaments up, but that red velvet skirt goes around the base right away, and she loves to lie on it. It’s also about nine feet tall, which means the base is about six feet wide, …

Gotcha!

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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 …

Tyranny, Time and Trust

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So it’s 9:53 pm and I’m writing tomorrow’s blog post. I procrastinate. A lot. Or maybe I just have four children. Everything that is not bleeding, hungry, crying, yelling, or broken gets pushed to the bottom of the list, and a blog post tends to be very quiet. Invisible, even. Until I realize it’s Thursday night and something needs to …

Bringing Up … Daughters

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Life with three very daughters is, to say the least, interesting. When the kids came home from school yesterday Dara was wearing her volleyball jersey because they had a game last night. I mentioned that I thought it looked a little tight across the chest, even though it seemed to fit everywhere else. She said it was because she was wearing a regular …

I Am Not A Child Trafficker

Carole Towriss International Adoption 4 Comments

This is how an anti-adoption activist replied to a tweet of mine saying a quarter million children from around the world had become part of American families through international adoption since 1971. I (stupidly) responded, asking if I should have left my daughter in a baby house without enough food. He replied with a link to his website, which was basically pages and …

Memorable Day #6: Ciao, Italia

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If you read this blog regularly (all six of you), you know that my oldest, Emma, went to Italy last fall to study. You also know that when I “sent her off” to college I didn’t really send her very far—only about 40 minutes away, and that we saw her an average of three times a week. So putting her …

D. M. Webb’s 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir

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D. M. Webb, a friend of mine, has released 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir. Written after too many deaths and other losses, it is a very personal journey which she has shared to help others. 30 Days is a collection of devotions designed to reach out and uplift especially those who have dealt with death, divorce, and single parenting. But since it …