Simple Questions Don’t Always Have Simple Answers

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How many kids do you have? That seems like such a simple question, doesn't it? Surely everyone can give a simple answer to such a simple question. However, for those of us who have lost a child, it is not such an easy question to answer. In Oh Joy, What a Family, I told you about Ellie, Ike's twin sister. Our Ellie Bean was born with multiple medical conditions. She fought hard, but her Continue Reading

Adoption – Oy Vey to Oh Joy

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Anyone who has been through the adoption process knows that it is often just one "oy vey" moment after another. All of the decisions you have to make, the paperwork you have to fill out, the intrusive home study, the waiting, the disappointment, etc. It is nothing at all like the process my friends who gave birth to their children experienced... except in one big way. Like the memories of Continue Reading

Oh Joy, What a Family


We've recently started planning for Moose's second birthday and Ike's fourth (how time flies). These milestones have me reflecting on how our family came into existence. It all started more than 13 years ago when Rahn and I met as volunteers at a charity 5k. We talked a bit that day, and Rahn made fun of me when I shared my theory that it is impossible to eat animal crackers without playing Continue Reading