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It’s Not What I Thought it Would Be-It’s Better

This time last year I announced that our family would be adopting a child with Down syndrome. I think back to that time and realize just how much I’ve learned since then. In preparation for such a huge transition, I did as much research as I could, connected with moms in the community, and became part […]

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Why Am I So Tired?

For the first few months after coming home from China in June, I found myself in a inexplicable fog. My memory failed me, I couldn’t focus, and no matter how I tried to get back into my old routine, I found exhaustion had become my new normal. I’d wake up every day and want to […]

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How to Mom – You Show Up

When my oldest was born over nineteen years ago, I realized that I was embarking on a great unknown adventure. Having lost my mother at a young age, I had very little experience to draw from. How am I supposed to know how to be a mom when I had one for so little time? […]

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I Do What I Want

“Hey, congrats on the new little girl! So exciting! You guys are crazy… I mean in a good way. Wow!” Since announcing plans to adopt our sixth child, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of support and enthusiasm that we have received. Honestly, I was prepared for at least a few not so […]

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Normally, when I think of October, I think of cross country season. This year is different. Recently I became aware that it is Down syndrome Awareness month. Here are a few things that I have learned so far: Down syndrome is characterized by someone who has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. Always put the […]

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A Year of Firsts

Our family welcomed home a five year old boy from China in April. For him (and for us), it has been quite a ride. We are adjusting to the challenges that come with bringing home a child that did not know our language, our family, pets, or daily routine.  For him it is challenging to adjust to this […]

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Are You Happy?

It only took three days after coming home from China for the question to be raised: “So, are you happy?” I knew what my friend meant. Was I happy to be home? Was I happy to be reunited with my family? Was I happy to be sleeping in my own bed, using my own bathroom and drinking […]

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Our Domestic Adoption Journey – Part 2

First off, wow! I am completely humbled by the positive responses and supportive words regarding Part 1 (which you can read HERE) of our Domestic Adoption Journey.  Sharing our story is always one that you hope will be welcomed with open arms and you guys definitely didn’t disappoint. For that I want to say thank […]

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