Ill advised

In the world of adoption, there are a few choices that are ill advised. One being adding children too quickly, picking up with another adoption when you have barely finished another. I really believed I would adhere to this, so boldly told my husband that it was nice to be home and finished with the…

The day you turned two…

Dear Rosie, When we celebrate our other children’s birthdays, we are able to tell them about the day they were born. We can tell them about the look of wonder in their eyes when they first opened them and saw that there was a whole new world earth-side, we can tell them about the first…

Sweetest dreams

The last three weeks have broken and mended and expanded my heart in a million ways. Watching a child learn to exist in a family, learn to trust in her parents, learn to reach for comfort is both beautiful and intensely painful. Every time she reaches for me, I am reminded that she has never…

Two weeks

Two weeks ago I was half way across the ocean with our daughter, who would become a US citizen when our plane landed. We worked our way through an impossibly long immigration line, got luggage that felt infinitely heavier than when I loaded it in Sofia, and dragged us all to the shuttle pick up…

Best day ever.

After a hard but not restful sleep, fueled by jet lag and interrupted by the noises of Bulgaria, a country where people seem to live outside, late dinners, excitable language echoing off of buildings old and solid, painted in the hues of Europe: yellow, faded red, shabby grey, doors of cabs opening, then closing, then…

Tomorrow!

Last night I tossed and turned, my new normal. Since a kiddo brought home head lice this week (our first time… aren’t we so lucky?) I spent the night, in part, itching at imaginary (I hope!) lice and in part realizing that in just a few short days I will be holding our little girl…

Packing for your International Adoption pick up trip

I am by no means an expert here, so read ahead with that warning in mind. I will update when we get home on whether my best guesses were successful. However, this post is the result of searching online for such a list and coming up empty handed, so I thought I would make my…