Evolving Family

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” Alex Haley I was blessed to grow up in a tight-knit, loving family. Every holiday, whether large or small, was celebrated with the family gathering for a meal—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins—multiple generations sharing food and memories. The food Continue »

Redefining Love

Three moms in the first four years of life would confuse any child. So there is little wonder that my son has a hard time understanding love—trust is an intricate part of love, and trust has been broken too many times for him. My son’s sweet former foster mom had nursed him through a rough Continue »

Chameleon Mom

“Please close our foster home…” These were very painful words to type. The decision to close our home to fostering was far harder to make than the decision to open our home and our hearts to children in foster care. But it was a necessary decision to allow us to focus on healing and bonding Continue »

All They Need

“Neenada!” My five-year-old spit out the Russian equivalent of “Stop it!” Now what? I thought. My daughter was having clothing issues again. Pants too loose? Wrong color? Too high in the waist? Too long? Too old? Too new? Her inability to communicate her wants, and my inability to discern her needs, was creating frustration on Continue »