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Down Under
I'm a mother with good intentions.
Interests: Adoption, foster care, writing, gardens, design, permaculture, adventures, fresh air, U.S. adoption reform, and rights for children, ethical adoption, picnics, fashion, upcycling,and chocolate.
Recent Activity
With bright, dusty India in the rear view mirror, we are settling in for a few weeks in lush, green and cool Holland. A greater contrast could hardly be contrived. We come to Holland as often as we can to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Growing Family
Visiting a slum was and was not what I expected. I expected I would become overwhelmed, and cry, and I did actually, but not at what I thought would move me. My husband's company supports several local organizations doing humanitarian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Growing Family
We had already had a full day before jumping in the taxi to go to a friend's home for dinner. The children's heads lolled and bounced as we made our way through the crush of bicycles, auto-rickshaws, and cars, like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Growing Family
It started as we approached the entrance to Akshardham. A group of women, moving like a colorful flock of birds, embroidered saris billowing around them in the breeze, craned their necks to watch us enter. I avoided their gaze. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Growing Family
My husband's job involves managing a team in India for a major project. He works in India several times a year for what is never long enough for the team here, and yet too long for us, his family. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Growing Family
It's been a year since I accepted a new job, and it has taken me a year to feel like there is any margin in my energy to write. I really left things hanging writing a 1 of 2 post... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Growing Family
Monday, Memorial Day, was relaxed. A birthday party, swimming, an impromptu poolside dinner with "The JJ Brothers", some of my children's best friends down the block. We parents sat around the table, drinking wine and laughing until dusk, when we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Growing Family
We're savers and planners, folks. We've got a two year plan, a five year plan, a ten year plan, and spreadsheets to map all the details. We budget and allocate, and maintain an emergency fund, and don't make impulse decisions.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Growing Family
Today I had the pleasure of having my mother here with me on Mother's Day. I went to bed early last night, which is my version of a sleep in, AND I got 45 minutes extra sleep this morning. Lovely.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Growing Family
Sometimes the questions that torment the minds of all my children, but that are too awful to curl on tongue, and release from the mouth, come from the voices of my white children. "But they would never shoot a kid,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Growing Family
It wasn't until I was already covered in powdered blood and bone meal, with the wind picking it up and sending it flying, that I began to wonder if I had made a huge mistake. Last week I spent many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Growing Family
Today I was asked "tell me about your childhood experiences with your father." My dad is really one of a kind and our family never fit any mold, ever. My childhood was full of wild adventures that rode the thin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Growing Family
Holding two places in my mind-frame and consciousness has never been my strength. When I went to Europe for the summer as a teenager, I only contacted my parents a handful of times. I was so busy seeing the Colosseum,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Growing Family
My contractions were regular and intense. I had already been in labor for nearly a day, and the partner-assisted drug free childbirth plan was starting to look a little shaky as I became more and more exhausted. With each wave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Growing Family
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin... Zechariah 4:10 Our culture is structured around articulating the desired end result, and then maximizing each moment in that direction for optimum success. Goals, Objectives,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Growing Family
Last night I had a dream. I was holding a wonderfully heavy, fat baby, with white, white skin. She was small enough to cradle in my arms, but long enough that her legs hung past my body. She was one,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Growing Family
Living in Houston is part of our roughly five year plan focused on maximizing some specific areas of family growth and development. We are in this house we've bought, settling in and making it home, knowing that we'll only be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Growing Family
This was my second year volunteering for Urban Harvest's annual Fruit Tree Sale. I think this was the 15th year of the sale? Last year I helped with the pre-sale lot plotting but didn't get to see the trees arrive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Growing Family
When I was a girl, I would watch my mother sit down with two bowls, a knife, and a grapefruit. She would score the outer rind into four pieces, and after ripping off the thick skin, and separating the whole... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Growing Family
"I don't know who my audience is, or what I'm writing about." I say into my husband's chest. He knows that so many of the bloggers I love, who started small, are all grown up and glossy now with multi-author... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Growing Family
I think I want to shut down this blog. Maybe it is the cold winter days, or the life space I am in, or the emotional rut I seem to be trudging, but I'm just not feeling it. I can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Growing Family
Some time back, The Captain and I met a couple who were really cool, had three kids, and had been married 17 years. We were shocked because they seemed so cool! So young! We met them when our kids were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Growing Family
In our house we spend "special time" with our children. From time to time they ask "can I have a special time with you?" and that is the language we use for "I need you to listen to me and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Growing Family
I received Australian citizenship as an adult. In my mind, pursuing a new citizenship as an adult is like the difference between being baptized as an infant, and baptized as an older individual, making a personal choice. I was born... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Growing Family
I don't know the details, no one really does at the moment, but we are hearing that there is a hostage situation happening in Sydney right now. From what we've heard, gunmen are holding people hostage in the Lindt chocolate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Growing Family