Offensive Words

If you haven’t seen my wife’s blog yet, I recommend her latest post on offensive language.  I have been trying to think of a good way to share some information on certain well-intentioned phrases and words we often use to describe adoption without knowing that they are actually quite offensive.  I will probably post more … More Offensive Words

How To Make Pancakes…

…with a four-year-old preschooler and a one-year-old infant/toddler: First, prepare your ingredients. What you will need: 1 electric skillet 1 egg 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional) 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) 1 … More How To Make Pancakes…

Home Study, Round 2

This is just a quick update.  It is too early and I am too tired this morning to write more than a few lines, but it helps to share the process here on the blog.  Round two went fine.  We had to do the second part of the SAFE questionnaire, and then answer some interview … More Home Study, Round 2

Home Study, Round 1

We just had our first official home-study for the adoption.  A social worker visited us for about three hours this evening, touring our home and asking a lot of questions.  She was brilliant, and graciously shared with us her knowledge and experience as an adoptive parent of three children, each with moderate to severe special … More Home Study, Round 1

The Routine

5:05 AM I have a love-hate relationship with routine.  As a father, I cannot live without it, but there are some days when I feel, quite literally, that I cannot live within it.  I want so badly to break with routine.  To go drive somewhere, anywhere, away from the house, the list of chores, and … More The Routine