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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...

Adoption: The Need.

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Adoption. A word that I believe we are hearing in a more positive light in our country these days. I'm excited and thankful that this word is becoming more and more familiar to our ears. The reason I get excited...
I’m the middle child, halfway between my older sister and younger brother, all born to parents who have been married for over fifty years. I would describe my family life as normal – mostly good with bouts of dysfunction...
There are many people that will greatly influence the lives of your kids – teachers, neighbors, grandparents, etc. While all of those are important in my son’s life, the person that rises to the top isn’t among that list....

For Your Amusement

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When we began our investigation into the world of adoption, we quickly learned that this journey would not be a walk in the park.  To embark on the adventure that is adoption is to get in line at the...

The Waiting Room

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We announced to our family and friends on May 5th of this year that we are deciding to grow our family through adoption.  On June 3rd, we published our online adoption profile and told the world about our search...
I have always wanted a large family. Growing up with only two first cousins, I was envious of others that attended yearly family reunions and had thirteen cousins at their birthday parties. The dream of my own personal zoo...
Spiders and snakes? Don’t bother me. Going to the dentist? No problem. Public speaking? My pleasure. Becoming a mom? Scared me so much that just the thought would make me shake more than a belly-dancer in an earthquake. I love our son, but I’ve had to...

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Guide to July in Kansas City

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