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Things to Know about International Adoption

Okay – so to start – I do not have first hand experience with international adoption, which means my knowledge is limited to what I learn from others. It’s also important to note that international adoption laws and process changes frequently so all information in this post is current as of October 2018. After my…

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BIG Changes

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll recall that back in August (the day before my birthday in fact) we put our home on the market. That decision was filled with bittersweet emotions – we built this house and brought our daughter home here and so many of her firsts happened here. There…

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Marlee’s 18 Months Old

It’s hard to believe but this little lady of ours is officially a year and a half old! the time is seriously zipping by so fast and I’m constantly in awe of how big she’s getting. I’d say almost daily I say aloud “when did you get so darn big!?” With all of that growing…

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Seven Years Past the Fire

Wednesday (October 10) marks the seven year anniversary of the day we lost everything in a house fire. It’s interesting because although that was a very real and life-altering experience – the benefits of it have far outweighed the heartaches of it. Sometimes I think that’s a gift of sorts… to be able to step…

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness – Insensitivities in the System

I posted last week a little something for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. That same night we had our bi-monthly support group meeting and on the drive home I started thinking of some of those things that you just don’t know unless you’ve been through it. And for the record – I have not…

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A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

This is the first October that I’ve not had sessions swamping my every Saturday. Between a somewhat freer schedule and my love of fall, we’re taking full advantage and spending time doing fun things together as a family. My parents had wanted to go to the pumpkin patch and it was really nice out htis…

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2018 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. As I started gathering my thoughts for this post I couldn’t help but think how odd that is… as though the only month that a couple who has lost a baby is aware of it is the month dedicated to it. Obviously that’s not really what it’s…

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2018 Trip to Okaw Valley Apple Orchard

I know my posts here have been less. There are a few reasons for that and I’m currently trying to determine if a new direction is required here. But today I wanted to share a little peek at our trip to the apple orchard. Growing up, trips to the apple orchard each fall were super…

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The Different Types of Adoption

I’ve been involved in a lot of adoption-related conversations lately. With other adoptive parents, with hopeful parents, and with those who just don’t know. It got me thinking and looking through old posts and I realized – I don’t think I’ve ever really explained the different types of adoption here. I know I’ve written a…

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Grad School Update…

I think the last time I shared about my grad school work was back in March when I wrote about my residency experience. I realized it’s probably high time I posted a little update… so first. Yes… I’m still getting my Masters in counseling. I think I neglect to share about it because I feel…

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