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Russian Children and Security Checks

Sashenka was sure that nobody wanted to hire her. I had suggested a job that resulted in EXTREME excitement and interest on her part, something right up her alley. And now… no call. “Persistence, my dear, persistence,” I told her. “You guys fill out an online application and then sit in the corner and rock….

Prepping for Summer Positions

It’s that time of year, the kids getting ready for summer, if not year-round jobs. Yes, it’s April and if high school or college students wait until May or June, forget about it! Nothing will be left in terms of positions and you will be a jobless teen or twenty-something. Swoop in Mother Goose to…

Parent as Coach

I love our kids. They are positive and resilient, playful and goal-oriented. Occasionally, there’s a blip in the road and that’s where parents step in. And in today’s world, even if a mom or dad has no real-life experience in taking their child to the next level, they can always find someone else who may…

Monday Mottoes – #226

I get it. I understand those who state their truth through the #MeToo movement. It’s important to speak up and speak out, even if it’s years later. But I also know that allegations, anonymous and otherwise, can be false. And what do we do with that unpleasant truth? How do we verify unsubstantiated claims? Can…

Top 5 Ways YOU Must Change When You Adopt

It’s the beginning of a new year and families consider things that are important. Some thoughts turn to adoption, whether local or international. As an adoptive family, we say: Beautiful— go for it! As an adoptive family, we also say: Go into it with your eyes open and ready to make major adjustments. Major. The…

Ethiopia Closes to Adoption

And then there were four. As Ethiopia closes its door to children being adopted by foreigners, more and more Americans are not adopting. The huge numbers of thousands of foreign adoptions in the early 2000s have now dropped to a trickle in 2018. Among the largest blocks are the following nations adopting to the US:…

And Then There Were Four… Wisdom Tooth Diary

Our kids from Russia have been through it. They arrived as preteens with all sorts of dental issues. Our youngest, Sashenka, had 21 cavities. Since that time, around turning 18 years of age, each required the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. We’re down to the last one. Sashenka just turned 17 and has been…

The Joyful Pressures of a Holiday Family Gathering

It’s a shame that so many families live far from one another. These days, it often takes a funeral or a family gathering to get folks together, up close and personal. Often, too close, kind of “in your face”. I mean, where else would you learn whether or not your cousin eats like a truck…

Cannibalism in Krasnodarsky Krai

People, I can’t make up this stuff. I don’t want to invent stories like these because I understand that every country has its fair share of “crazies”. However. As an adoptive parent of older children from Russia, I have monitored with interest the idea that life for a Russian child is better in Russia. I…

Love and the Coffee Break

In our family, loving acts often revolve around coffee. Most every morning, Benedetto makes me coffee. Sometimes, we take a mini-date and go out for coffee because our evenings are so packed with events that it’s difficult to embark on a full-fledged date on a regular basis. Small acts of kindness add up. The other…