The whole time that I have been mom to my kiddos, we lived in an area that was not particularly diverse. I guess that's the reason that everyone knew who we were. Transracial families were also more unusual than they are now. Not that they are particularly common now but it is definitely … Continue reading Everyone Doesn’t Know Who We Are
"Don't yell at my son!" The words echoed in my head and a combination of pride and panic filled my insides. In the past, when things had gotten heated with Brian and anyone else (as will happen at some points in life), I had only panicked. I went right to the "don't cause a scene" … Continue reading When Things Get Dicey With The Neighbors
So, it looks like we are embarking on an unexpected insect adventure. Praying Mantises! I was volunteering in one of Antwan's co-op classes and the main teacher also teaches the bug class. She had approximately 200 Praying Mantises with her and was ready to distribute them to her class. I, of course, was all excited … Continue reading Homeschool Fun With Insects
Let's talk infertility! To me, it's like a dirty word. It represents everything that I hate about myself. And, yet, it is the thing that brought my children to me. Because let's face it, what are the odds that we would have gone out looking to adopt if I had been popping out babies like seemingly … Continue reading When Doctors Don’t Tell You What You Want To Hear.
A handful of weeks ago, (has it really been that long??), we found ourselves at the hospital with William. My experience with hospitals is limited. I had a hernia operation when I was a kid but most of my memories involve me grossing out my friends by showing them my incisions. I also remember my mom surprising me … Continue reading Hospitals Have Great Mashed Potatoes But I Don’t Want To Go Back.
I've been trying to write this post about William for awhile. (If you are reading this, by the way, that means he is cool with it.) I get a little written and then plan to go back to it and then get sucked into the mom trenches. Before I get back to finish, something else has happened and I … Continue reading My Son And Honesty…Or Lack There Of.
If you've been following my blog then you know that we started this whole homeschooling thing because William had trouble with bullies at school. (If you haven't been following my blog, then , fyi, we started this whole homeschooling thing because William had trouble with bullies at school.) Before everything went down with the bullying, the … Continue reading New Homeschool Adventures…Kind Of.
Seriously, parenting a teenager is hard. Even on good days, for some reason, it just takes more mental energy to keep up with it. You never know what curve ball is coming your way. With Lizzie and Antwan, I am not surprised when I hear that the water balloon that they were filling up in … Continue reading Raising Kids Isn’t Easy, But Loving Them Is.
When you adopt transracially, the concern about whether you can adequately expose your children to their black culture and educate them on what it's like to be black in America is a valid one. I have read that many families have chosen to move to more "black" areas, thus making themselves the minority, instead of … Continue reading Exposing My Kids To Their Culture.
I don't even know how to write this. Living as someone who is often amazed that my life is what it is, I'm even more amazed now. But, this time, not in a good way.William. We've worried about him so much over the years. We've watched him struggle and we've watched him succeed. Sometimes, we've been so … Continue reading Bad Situations Lead To Bad Choices.