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Frequently we are asked if we have contact with our daughters' biological families. When we explain the open status of London’s adoption, common responses are “That must be hard!” or “I don’t know if I could do that!”

Love, Platinum :: A Glimpse into Our Open Adoption

Frequently we are asked if we have contact with our daughters’ biological families. When we explain the open status of London’s adoption, common responses are “That must be hard!” or “I don’t know if I could do that!” Although it would have been difficult to anticipate the closeness we have, this relationship has grown and […]

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Bring Back Date Night! Starting A Babysitting Swap

How does the idea of a monthly date with your significant other without paying a babysitter sound? If you’re like me and don’t have access to grandparents or family members for built-in childcare, this concept may be a game changer.  Since our kiddos came along, date nights have been few and far between for us. First, […]

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A Letter to My Daughters Absent Father

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing :: A Letter to My Daughter’s Absent Father

“Sorry” is a word frequently used in this world. So common, in fact, that unless actions back it up, it’s practically useless. I believe forgiveness is divine, but I struggle with bestowing that upon you in particular, my daughter’s often-absent father.    I don’t wish you any ill will, in fact, I hope you lead […]

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How Motherhood Forced Me Out of PeoplePleasing

No More “Nice Girl” :: How Motherhood Forced Me Out of People-Pleasing

I’m a lifelong non-confrontational, “nice girl”. Like all other “nice girls”, I learned at a pretty early age  to keep quiet when something upset me and accept inappropriate remarks and behavior with a polite smile, because that’s what “nice” people do. They keep the drama quotient low and avoid conflict whenever possible. The problem is that conflict […]

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How To Talk To Someone Who’s Grieving

Chances are, many of you have yet to experience grief. I’m talking about earth-shattering, soul-crushing, have-to-convince-yourself-to-breathe, grief. The kind that makes you question every.single.thing regardless of how or why “it” happened.  Many of you are in this space. I was too, not so long ago.  Everything changed for me the summer of 2015: the summer I […]

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