Why, Yes! I Do Have a Mustache.

The scene was eighth grade Spanish class. The place was a southwest suburb of Chicago. The time of day was irrelevant, but let's say it was after lunch. I sat down next to my seat mate; let's call him Kipp to maintain his privacy. Kipp, a very honest and kind eighth grade boy looked at…

Am I doing this right? Parenting tips for dummies!

Am I doing this right? What else could I be doing? Is everyone else this tired? Overwhelmed? Overjoyed? Underwhelmed? When will I be simply "whelmed" again? If you've asked yourself any of these questions, you are a parent. My hats off to you. My best friend and I always say that before we were parents…

One of My Own/TPR

It dawned on me as I was reading an article a friend posted that I never explained why my blog's title starts out "One of My Own..."  The reason is because often times you will hear if you are adopting, "so when are you going to have one of your own?" or "they couldn't have…

Waiting for Ruthie

The waiting process for adoption is a grueling process.  First you decide to adopt.  Then you apply.  Then you go through training.  Then you sign what feels like a zillion forms, write a 22 page single-spaced story about your life, get background checked, get reference checked, finger-printed, and create a profile book--then you're approved!  And…

Insomnia

I can't sleep tonight.  For the first time since the academic year began I have a Friday morning off from my class and I can't sleep.  I suppose that's the way it goes, eh?  My mind is crazy occupied.  Sorting through the ins and outs of the adoption process is what I would like at…

Wonderfully and Fearfully Made

A few weeks back a friend and mother of two, posted the following from the Psalms: "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden…