We All Need Mental Health Help Sometimes

I debated writing this. I'm not sure if I'll even post it. It makes me feel weak. And I'm afraid of being judged. But, since it is the time of "removing the stigma," I'll try to join in. I've been depressed. I have always been good at talking myself out of being sad. I've also been guilty of wishing … Continue reading We All Need Mental Health Help Sometimes

Adoptive Mothers Are Just Mothers.

I’ve been seeing a lot of mothers’ day posts going around.  Well, really, I have seen two.  I just keep seeing them.  One is asking moms to post a picture of their pregnancy, their infant children and their children now.  The other is a survey about the delivery and birth of their first child.  I … Continue reading Adoptive Mothers Are Just Mothers.

Resolving To Be Better!

It's a new year and I definitely am one to succumb to the allure of new year's resolutions.  And I have several.  I want to declutter, spend more time with friends, save money, and as is traditional, I want to lose weight!  Or as I like to call it, I want to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I want … Continue reading Resolving To Be Better!

Kaleb Should Be In Pictures.

Life is strange.  And, adopting children can be strange.  (Much like giving birth to them can be.)  Adopting a teenager is definitely strange.   Because it totally goes against all of the laws of nature...whatever that means.  I could write a book about all the challenges involved and why it's so much harder to start with an … Continue reading Kaleb Should Be In Pictures.

My Son Thinks He’s Alone

I took William to counseling on Friday.  He had been silly and chatty through most of the day, but got quiet as it got close to our appointment time.  So, I know that he must've been nervous.  As we sat there waiting, he put his head on my lap until she called him back.As I waited, … Continue reading My Son Thinks He’s Alone

The Unwanted Facebook Connections Continue…

If you've been wondering what happened after the bio facebook request, your wait is over.... 😉 And, if you don't know what I'm talking about, here you go. http://www.the5parkers.com/2013/09/six-degrees-of-facebook-separation.htmlSo, after I moved on past the crying and freaking out (well, the crying, anyway), we decided to be proactive. The night that the biological mother made … Continue reading The Unwanted Facebook Connections Continue…

Being Adopted Is Cool

So, we’ve had Patrick with us for a couple of weeks.  We’ve taken a trip to Tennessee, we’ve had futuristic talks, I’ve refereed arguments, I’ve promised him an allowance, and I’ve hugged him a lot.  There are so many different things that I want to tell you about.  But, before all that, we had the … Continue reading Being Adopted Is Cool

Christmas With A Full-er House, part 2

So, when the idea of Patrick coming for Christmas was first mentioned, I asked a practical question. What about presents? Would he be coming with any? To be clear, I love buying presents, so I had no trouble with the concept. But, of course, I didn’t go back to work because we were rolling in … Continue reading Christmas With A Full-er House, part 2