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Read the book, don't drive fast, and other advice

Read the book, don’t drive fast, and other advice

 Yesterday’s blog post provoked some great additional advice for young women (and men, really) from readers.  Here it is and feel free to add to it!  No matter how fun it seems…DON’T DRIVE FAST!  – Laura Listen to your mama!!!- Brenda You’ll learn a lot more about yourself by listening to you, not to the […]

18 ways to love the new family or family member in your life

This post was originally up in March 2009. *  Wondering what’s up with the sign?  See # 5. So there’s a new family- or family member- in your life, and you want to be really helpful.  And I want you, as a family member or friend, to be able to be really helpful, too– no matter what kind of new […]

Emceeing Mr. Spring Valley 1991

Take the pie in the face

When I was visiting my parents this weekend in South Carolina, I came across a video that made me pause.  In my dad’s neat script up the side of the tape, it says Mr. Spring Valley 1991, Rosie Emcee.  I lifted the video off the shelf and put it in my bag, a touch of […]

Dear Friends and Family

This originally posted on March 4, 2009. Because the adaptation process with adoption is different than what most families expect when you are bringing a new baby home, our adoption counselor and social worker suggested letting our friends and families know about the structure we needed to come home to through a letter before we left (even if we had […]

We are Family

this was originally posted on February 25, 2009. Attachment and adapation are big words in the adoption world.  You want your new family member to smoothly adapt to the transition and attach to his/her new family members, and those things don’t happen by accident.  We have an adoption medicine specialist for our pediatrician and he […]

What I love about parenting

  This was originally posted on February 18, 2009. There are the obvious things that one loves about parenting: earning the trust of someone so vulnerable and yet discerning, getting a smile out of his pursed little lips, making him laugh, finding just the right combination of things that will soothe him when he’s reduced to […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings and counting you among my blessings!

The biggest blessing of all

The biggest blessing of all

So, I’ve been counting my blessings all month long and it comes as no surprise that my biggest blessing of all is this little guy.  Here are some shots of him from one day this afternoon when we were soaking up the perfect fall temperature and light.

Go ahead, scratch a bunch of people off your list.

Go ahead, scratch a bunch of people off your list.

With Thanksgiving comes the inevitable list making.  What to cook, what to buy so that you can cook, what to do when you are done cooking (RELAX!), who to shop for when you hit the stores and what to buy when you get there.  Well, allow me to go ahead and help you with the […]

Five Things You Can Do to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Five Things You Can Do to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

According to a study out of Nova Scotia, a child’s level of happiness is directly related to the way she perceives her body.  A common challenge for parents is how they can positively impact their children’s body and self image when it seems so many things negatively impact their children’s sense of selves.  But there […]