I’m resting this month, recovering from weeks of travel and gearing up for the holidays. I’m exhausted mentally and physically so I’m taking a bit of time for some self-care. I’m also beginning to work through some big feelings I have about my and Hope’s attachment. No worries, we’re good and my recent post on this topic remains true, I’m just realizing that I have big feelings about our long game and what that looks like and what I should be doing to not muck it up. I’m taking some time to just roll that around in my mind.
I didn’t want the month to pass without acknowledging that it is National Adoption Awareness Month in the US. Five years ago this month I announced to my larger circle of friends and family that I was adopting and that I had already matched and met my daughter Hope. I was delighted and terrified, and I’m sure Hope was really emotional as well.
Since then I’ve learned to spend a bit more time during this month listening to adoptees and what they have to say about their experiences. Certainly, this is something I choose to do all the time, but I try to be really, really intentional about it this time of year.
So to that end, I’m just going to share an old podcast that Hope and I recorded for Add Water and Stir. It’s lovely to hear her voice and to have captured this chat with her. I am just so honored to have the opportunity to parent this amazing young woman. I’m proud of her and the woman she is becoming. She’s a really cool kid.
I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, listen to Hope and share her words—she still wants to be famous. 😊
November 11th, 2018 at 6:35 pm
I remember that podcast, it was so good.
November 12th, 2018 at 8:44 am
All the way from Zimbabwe I had no idea there was National Adoption Awareness Month in the US. You have to appreciate the internet, we learn something new every single day.
I’m happy to read that you and Hope are doing well, parenting is such a blessing.
Let me take a minute to listen to your podcast with Hope…
November 13th, 2018 at 1:18 pm
I wasn’t listening to podcasts back when you did that one, so I had never heard it. I loved getting to hear Hope talk about her experiences, even though parts of it were heartbreaking. And hearing you and her say I love you to each other at the end, just gave me a tear in my eye. Happy National Adoption Awareness Month, Hope and ABM. 🙂