Little Boy Lost: Jonathan’s Adoption Story

Jon never figured into our plans to become a family.  In reality, he never seemed to fit into anyone’s plans.  When the social worker first discussed Phillip and Carl with us, she told us there were four brothers.  One was about to turn four and the other was two.  The two year old lived with…

Loving the Moment

About a year ago I became very nostalgic for the 1990’s.  That decade encompassed most of my high school years, all of my undergraduate work, and the very beginning of my life as a teacher.  I moved out of my parents’ home in 1999, so in my mind that decade was my last as a child…

The Slow Cruelty of Dementia

Fat, wet snow flakes plopped from the clouds to cover the the green leaves of the shrubs that flanked the front door.  All you could see was the red berries whose vibrant colors would not be hidden so easily under the soft white blanket.  It was freezing outside but I didn’t feel it.  I sat…

10 Things No One Warned Me About Being a Parent

There was never any doubt in my mind that someday I would be a father.  When my mother asked me years ago how many kids I hoped to have I replied, “A houseful!”  Erin always wanted to be a mother, although I can’t say she had the dream of having a huge brood the way…

Want to Raise Great Kids? Make the Little Things Important

When people find out we have four children, they often ask us how we do it. Erin and I usually smile and nod since the question assumes that our life is chaotic.  I certainly don’t see it that way and I fee comfortable in saying that Erin would agree with me.  We have four kids, so it’s…

Toddlers are Evil

This post is intended to make you laugh.  If the title offends you, stop reading and look up the term “hyperbole.”  If you currently own a toddler or if you are the previous owner of a toddler, put everybody to bed, pour  yourself your favorite beverage in a clean Mason jar and enjoy! When we…

The Price of Trust: Phillip’s Adoption Story

*NOTE:  I have changed the names of people outside our family in order to protect their privacy.   Also, Phillip has read this story and we have discussed it extensively.  Our hope, including Phillip’s, is that families who hope to adopt and foster children in desperate need of adoption will find hope in this story….

Parenting Blog: Struggling with Infertility: A Prelude to Adoption

*Note:  Our first two foster children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy. I still remember the first time I saw Erin.  It was April 4, 2009.  She wore a blue shirt, khaki capris, and a white cardigan.  I wore a pink shirt, pink sweater, and khaki pants.  In our e-mail the night before I asked…