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Author Archives: JustAMom

Forest: Day 2 and beyond

Now at the laptop, which makes for easier typing, but no photo access. I’m looking forward to being stateside. 🙂 Day Two: Adoption Finalization Day At 7:15am my husband called our guide to find out what time we needed to be ready for Adoption Finalization appointments…. 8am! We had not had breakfast, had not assembled … Continue reading »

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Forest: The First Four Days

Part One – because I’m too tired to do all four days in one fell swoop. Also, I’m posting from my phone and can’t rotate pictures I’m uploading. So there’s that too. We’ve been on limited Internet the whole time we’ve been gone, and still working on the whole VPN thing so I can access … Continue reading »

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I Can’t Pretend I Don’t Hear the Train.

Some weeks ago, I read the story of a man who grew up in Nazi Germany. Each Sunday when he went to church, a train would go by. It didn’t take long before the church members realized there were cries and screams of desperation pouring from the cars – train cars full of Jews, roaring … Continue reading »

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Love (ALL) Unconditionally

“Love (ALL) Unconditionally.” For a couple of weeks now, we have been running a t-shirt sale with that message, as an adoption fundraiser for our newest family member. I’ve been mentally composing a blog post all that time to explain why that concept, that phrase, is so important to me. But then, the shirt started … Continue reading »

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Expectations. 6 Months Later.

There are times it’s hard to believe it’s been 6 months since we met Meghan and finalized her adoption, and other times when – looking back – I wonder how on earth we have done SO MUCH in the last 6 months.  We’ve made the rounds through ALL the specialists.  Types of doctors I didn’t … Continue reading »

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In Fall of 2012, we fell in love with a little girl.  At the time she was two and a half years old, and aside from having Down syndrome, was perfectly healthy. We had three referral photos of this little hairless beauty, and a file that described a girl with spunk and joy and a … Continue reading »

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The Efficient (or LAZY) Guide to Holiday Simplicity

We have, by some standards, a large family.  I’m deviating from my normal postings of all-things-Meghan, or gluten-free food — and sharing my brilliant lazy tips for simplifying Christmas. I don’t do ribbons or bows.  At all.  I don’t do gift tags.  Most of the gifts under our tree aren’t even labeled.  I buy four … Continue reading »

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Orphanage Thoughts on a Cold Day

We’ve been homebound with snow and ice for a few days, and I’ve spent a large part of the day thinking about Meghan’s history, about winter and holidays, about orphans.   * Our little girl came from an orphanage with limited heat, some rooms completely unheated.  Last year was record-breakingly cold.  I know her orphanage … Continue reading »

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3 months and counting

Brief updates on life with Meghan and the other kiddos… Meghan is making great strides every week.  She’s becoming more secure, more confident.  She’s happier, more interactive, and more trusting.  She’s also more likely to throw little fits when she doesn’t get her way – or start squawking if she thinks we haven’t been paying … Continue reading »

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Each day, Meghan shows us a little more.  Sometimes it’s in a new physical milestone or letting us see something new bring her joy; sometimes it’s a further glimpse of her personality or further growth in her relationship with us.  Lately, she’s been showing us mourning… grief and loss.  Nothing in particular that shows us … Continue reading »

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