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My husband and I had been trying to conceive for about a year and a half. Eventually we decided to seek medical advice, which is how we found ourselves sitting across from a reproductive endocrinologist in August of 2011. We...
Javan and Tiras, I love you, and I’m sorry. Foster care, like parenting or driving a car, is one of those experiences that can’t really be understood until you’re doing it. Months of classes, home visits, and conversations with other foster...
One of my best recent memories is of my daughter looking at her hair in the mirror, shaking her head, and saying “I love it, I love it” over and over. It was memorable not because it had taken hours...
A couple of days after hanging up the one and only behavior chart in our house, my son told me, "No sticker for you! Try again tomorrow." He was right; I hadn’t earned my sticker for the day. See, the behavior chart...
This post could also be titled: The tips of your fingers WILL grow back! A few months ago, I was preparing to throw my son his first birthday party. He was turning five and it was the first birthday we...
Inside this family of four’s living room, a collection of decorative letters spans the length of the fireplace mantle. Trying to understand their meaning can be perplexing at first: “JKAOBERINI …?” But if you’re in their home very long, you’ll realize...
On January 12, 2010, many of us watched in horror the devastation that had shaken the country of Haiti as they experienced an earthquake that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people. As a young family, my...
One of my most vivid parenting memories happened a short six months ago. Our youngest, who was 10 months old at the time, was on the verge of taking his first steps. He would bounce up and down, standing holding...
In the last four years, I feel like I have had to totally reevaluate everything I used to believe about race relations and my own place in our world as a White woman. Now that I am a White...
Earlier this week, my children and I were waiting for our lunchmeat to be sliced at the deli counter, passing time looking at the different shapes of the fancy cheeses. A woman next to us smiles kindly at the...
"Congrats!" "She's beautiful!" "He looks just like his dad." When a baby is born, we all know exactly what to say. If for some reason you were having trouble, just find the "New Baby" section in the card aisle at your local...

Doubt Your Doubts

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It has been almost a year since we first announced to the world that we were hoping to adopt. We went at it alone, without the use of an agency, ready to put the power of social media to...
The doorbell rang. I took a deep breath before my husband and I answered it together. We opened it to a brown-eyed, speckled, ten-year-old boy in a Star Wars t-shirt. Next to him was his foster mom who said...
When I got married, a courthouse wedding never entered my mind; I wasn't getting married for a legal document. Sure, it gives you certain privileges, but getting married meant so much more to me than a piece of paper. I...

Adoption: The Faces.

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MEET ELIZABETH and ABRAHAM After having two biological daughters, we decided to grow our family through adoption for any subsequent children. I had known since I was a little girl that I wanted to adopt, and my husband knew when...

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Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...