Ethiopian Adopion Journey Blog Posts

  • Tinkle Tinkle
    on Jun 2, 2010 in Charlie video
    Another update so soon?Well, I don't time the cuteness. It happens when it happens.This is how cute she is all the time, I just rarely get to catch it on video. But the time I pull the camera out, the moment has passed. This time I caught a lot of it...
  • First Update!
    on May 26, 2010 in Charlie video Charlie pictures
    Mother's Day 2010Hello World!I guess it hasn't been THAT long, but Charlie has learned many, many new things so I thought I better update before I get behind. The BIGGEST news is that on Mother's Day, Charlie walked up to me, said "Potty, mama" and...
  • Bye Blog World!
    on Apr 17, 2010 in blogs Charlie video adoption
    Dear Readers, I feel the time has come to end this blog. It makes me sad. On the other hand, the story of the adoption journeys is complete. Charlie and my story is just beginning, but the adoption portion is done. I’ve truly enjoyed...
  • The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
    on Apr 12, 2010 in dating single parenting books
    My aunt sent me the book "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough" and I'm a few chapters in. The book has created a firestorm of controvery and Ms. Gottlieb has been on several talk shows defending her position. The truth may set you f...
  • Eyebrow Mayhem
    on Apr 11, 2010
    Another thing I've noticed about this getting older thing, other than some wrinkles appearing and the diminishing ability to read signs in the distance, is some craziness going on with my eyebrows. I thought the hair growth thing only happened to men...
  • Steroids and Sugar Daddies
    on Apr 8, 2010 in behavior single parenting
    Last night Charlie couldn’t sleep. She’s hyped up on meds. She was bouncing in her crib like a baboon, with her whole body trampolining into the air, butt almost as high as her shoulders, nearly bouncing out of the crib. When I walked into her...
  • Cheering My Old Ass Up
    on Apr 7, 2010 in pop
    Not much could make me giggle this morning, but this did, so I'm thankful.I'm taking comfort in the fact that 40 is the new 25.So there.
  • I Turn 40 Tomorrow
    on Apr 6, 2010
    "It's better than the alternative" is what everyone is telling me and that may be true but I'm not psyched about it.That is all.
  • Mama Vs. Mommy
    on Apr 5, 2010 in single parenting
    I'm teaching Charlie to call me "Mama".I like it better than "Mommy" for some reason, it sounds warmer to me.It's more caveman.More Elvis.Sometimes I slip, because "Mommy" is what I grew up on, and it's hard to change these types of things mid-stream...
  • Operating Instructions
    on Apr 3, 2010 in books family
    Another book review. “Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year” by Anne Lamott (of Traveling Mercies fame) I love this book and I’m only ¾’s of the way into it. Oh, it has GEMS! Bright sparkly GEMS all over...
  • How Do YOU Eat an Oreo Cookie??
    on Apr 2, 2010 in Charlie video
    While I was making toffee, Charlie wanted to cook too. I put some cereal in a bowl and let her stir it around for a bit. Then gave her a cookie. What a mess! But lots of fun. I love her face when she hears the word "cookie". I remember how exciting t...
  • American Idol Jumps The Shark
    on Mar 30, 2010 in American Idol pop culture
    Is it me or is American Idol A.W.F.U.L this season??I'm so disappointed!I don't really like ANY of the contestants. Some of them are PAINFUL to watch and listen to.Kara still annoys me with her lock-jaw, and Ellen is terrible! If she calls someone "a...
  • I made Charlie a toy
    on Mar 30, 2010
    While I was at the conference for work, the instructors encouraged us to listen while being creative, a way of learning called "kinesthetic" learning (as opposed to "auditory" or "visual" learning). Well, I don't know if I learned any better, but I h...
  • Al Bundy?
    on Mar 29, 2010 in toddlers Charlie pictures
    The ultimate Sunday lounger.
  • Sometimes I amaze myself.
    on Mar 28, 2010 in recipes
    In order to be a more "motherly-type" mom (rather than the super cool "rock n roll type mom I seem to naturally be)(that's a joke, folks), I decided to try and make candy. Well, also because it seemed fun, and a cheaper way to indulge myself than buy...
  • The Shrine Down the Hall
    on Mar 27, 2010
    This is haunting and worth your time to take a look.It "brings the war home" in a way that most articles can't.I can't imagine the pain these families are going through. To imagine one's child dying so young, and in such violent ways. I simply cannot...
  • Dedication
    on Mar 25, 2010 in grandparents
    I’d like to dedicate a full post to my wonderful parents, Charlie’s doting and loving grandparents, who drove 16 hours to babysit for her while I went away on my training for a week. I was able to get 30 CEU’s for my licenses, and have a nice b...
  • My Two Cents on Jesse James and His... Ahem..."Mistress" (that's putting it politely)
    on Mar 23, 2010 in pop culture
    Alright, so it's not like you haven't read, heard, watched a gazillion articles an interviews on this topic but I have a new beef to vent that I have yet to hear about this whole Sandra Bullock/Jesse James fiasco:Who is the slime ball who held on to...
  • I love, love love this blog, but love ain't enough.
    on Mar 22, 2010 in blogs trans racial adoption
    I want to share a gem of a blog I found recently, written by a trans racial adoptee named Kevin Hofmann called My Mind on Paper. It's not a view point that I come across very often: the male blogger, the trans racial adoptee, the talented writer, the...
  • Home Sweet Home
    on Mar 20, 2010 in single parenting attachment
    I'm back at home and all is well in the world again.Charlie gave me a enthusiastic greeting with lots of hugs and kisses, so I was happy with that :-)I was wondering during the trip what would be signs of healthy attachment and what would be signs of...