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Why my daughter’s assembly at her special needs school made me cry, A Christmas post

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Why my daughter’s assembly at her special needs school made me cry The scene: Evangeline’s holiday assembly at school. I’m late, breathless, with crumbled cookies in my purse to give to her teacher and aids. I forget my camera, and sigh at the fact that my phone takes cruddy pictures. The gymnasium is small, and the space for parents is even smaller. I cram into a spot on the bleachers and wait with everyone else. The children start to enter. They are wheeled in, walked…

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part two

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(Help me welcome back my friend Jennifer Grant, in part two of her guest post, an excerpt from the adoption memoir Love You More. Read part one here.) National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part two Does it surprise you that some people believe that all adoptions are criminal? Whether a child is an abandoned baby girl in India, an orphan in Ethiopia whose parents died of AIDS or an infant who has been relinquished anywhere from the Glendale neighborhood of…

Becoming Evangeline’s mom, a snap shot of a special needs adoption from Ukraine; a snap shot of redemption

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Becoming Evangeline’s mom, a snap shot of a special needs adoption from Ukraine Since Sun Shine Down published, one of the greatest compliments I’ve received has come in the form of a question. “Will there be more? We want to read more about Evangeline and her adoption. We want to read more about your family.” November is National Adoption Month, and although our adoption is International, I’ve decided to share a snap shot of Evangeline’s story here on the blog. *Disclaimer: I realize that every adoption…

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More, part one

Love You More

National Adoption Awareness Month: An Excerpt from Love You More (Friends, please enjoy this excerpt from Jennifer Grant’s lovely memoir on the adoption of her daughter Mia Love You More in honor of National Adoption Month. Here’s Jennifer…) If you’re like me, you never tire of reading stories of how families came together by adoption. You skim blogs written by adoptive parents and you find yourself in tears when, finally, you come to the part of the story when the wait is over and the…

Choosing my special child

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                        (Please welcome Jennifer Ebenhack. What a lovely post, Jennifer. Thank you so much for sharing!) Choosing my special child My adopted son, Jaden, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and severe developmental delays, as a result of brain damage from a traumatic birth. He and his Haitian mother nearly died after his older twin brother was born. But none of this information was shared with my husband and me  when we chose Jaden. We didn’t know…