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Monday Mottoes – #67

December, the final month of the year. What have we accomplished, what dreams have come to fruition, what lasting results have we lassoed into our lives? In a sense, it’s a time of reckoning, which makes most people nervous and leads to partying and revelry, as though absolving any accountability. Not so fast, not so…


You Can Script Your Own Reality

Oh yes, you can. Do you really believe that life is a random series of events? Not one to subscribe to the “everything-happens-for-a-reason” mindset, I still maintain that there are certain causes and effects coming into play. So why not change that dynamic? Turn it around. Stop settling. Alright, it may mean some time and…


Fairly Evident… to All But Those Involved

How is it that certain realities of life are self-evident to everyone except those going through the situation in question? You can list them with the best of us: 1. That all men are created equal—that is, if you’re white, male, Protestant, and a landholder during that time period. 2. That your secret office romance…


The Russian Embassy: The Final Frontier

We may be nearing the end of the line. With 10-year Russian Passports in our reach, it could be that we will no longer be “living” at the Russian Embassy for our four adopted kids. Back at the end of summer, we had completed the complex paperwork to update our daughters’ passports. Now it was…


Fanny-Deep in Footnotes

I don’t like footnotes. Bibliographies are okay, fairly straightforward, but footnotes? Unless you get to use the Harvard Style of citation which is simply the author’s last name and date in the text itself (Bartologimignano, 2014). Easy-peasy. No such luck. At least we have computers that will space out everything nicely, make superscript numbers at…


Monday Mottoes – #66

Waiting for the right day, the right person, the right job, the right home. Many of us play the waiting game for most of our lives. The right break, the right opportunity, the right contact. Whatever happened to… making it happen? Good weather or bad weather, feeling well or not, rough economy or a hot…


Black, Black Friday

With a name like that, this is one shopping day when I’m generally opted-out. Well, silly me, we happened to be up and out, travelling between homes on Friday at 6:00 am, so I figured…. Wrong move. I thought I was being smart. I’m generally smart. It’s not like I had too much turkey and…


Holidays from Hell

Yes, the e-mails are flooding in. As though I need e-mails to understand. Come birthdays, holidays, or any happy event, there will be some adoptee throwing a wrench in your happiness. They cannot stand happiness. Cannot stomach it. Tolerance level for love, joy and peace is zero. Not all adopted children, of course. But many….


Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Day

When you gather with family or friends, or even have a simple meal by yourself, do you pause to give thanks to the Lord? Is it truly “Thanksgiving Day” or just “Turkey Day”? For our family, Thanksgiving Day happens more than once a year, it’s truly every day. Our children have been delivered out of…


Our Second Son Turns 18

We now have two 18-year-old boys and two younger teen girls. Makes for an interesting household. Our second son from Russia expresses his joy over turning 18 and we’re here to celebrate with him. However, at times, our hearts are heavy. What will his future be like? He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In everyday English,…