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Happy Mother’s Day

First came love, then came marriage…and then all hell broke loose.

That was the Mother’s Day card I got Jenn and one that seemed very fitting. Our lives are drastically different today then they were five years ago as this entire journey was getting ready to begin. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”

Walk This Way

There is one thing that I have realized watching both Nolin and Grace grow up together. They may not have the same birth parents, but there is definitely a strong bond between the two of them which is very exciting to experience.

Really since the beginning, Grace has adored Nolin (as well as realized she needs to be able to get out of his way if she doesn’t want to get run over). She watches his every move and laughs at everything he does.

This really doesn’t work well for us when he is doing something we don’t want him to do, because his first response is always Grace wants me to do it, she is laughing. These two will be thick as thieves. Continue reading “Walk This Way”

“The Talk”

IMG_3309As a parent there will be several talks that I am sure you need to prepare for as your child gets older. As an adoptive parent there is another talk that we have always planned to have with our children.

We are a transracial family, so there is really not an opportunity nor did we ever plan to not discuss adoption with our children. It is also part of the reason that while others close to us have found it intimidating, we have found our open adoptions comforting. Continue reading ““The Talk””

Chapter 2: Happy Flu Year!

2012-12-29 15.18.30 According to the news this flu season has been the worst in 10 years, and as we prepared to ring in the New Year, one by one we all fell victim.

It started with Jenn’s brother from Ireland. What we thought may be a case of jet lag turned into jet funk. Then Jenn’s dad came down with the sickness and sidelined himself to bed for an entire day (for those of you know Jenn’s dad, it takes less to move mountains than put him in bed for a day). Then he felt better, then sick again, then a little better and a little worse until he finally kicked it.

Next came Jenn & Nolin kind of in tandem. Jenn definitely got it worse but I walked in one day to find both of them lying on opposite ends of the couch under a blanket. In a weak but positive voice Nolin tried to quote Dora lines. For those of you who know Nolin, it also takes less to move mountains than getting him to sit on a couch for longer than 2 minutes. Continue reading “Chapter 2: Happy Flu Year!”

From Zone to Man-to-Man

I am absolutely loving our new family, but I have noticed one thing…there is absolutely no down time with two kids. That is the reason that so much has happened and I have yet to even write about it.

Basically since my last post, we have had two nights that Grace actually slept for over 5.5 hours, and several other good nights sleep sprinkled in with a few not so great nights. Continue reading “From Zone to Man-to-Man”

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