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The “Summer of 69” life lessons or so it seems

Baby Jude

“It was the summer of 69” is how the Bryan Adams’ song goes. Well, in the wild world of Janey Bug and Baby Jude, it has been the summer of 69 life lessons, or at least it feels like it.

“Are You My Mother?” Dr. Seuss asked it first

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“Are you my mother?” Dr. Seuss asked it first. And then Jane asked it.

I have hemmed and hawed over sharing this story since early June out of respect for all members of adoption triads, out of respect for my kids’ birth mother, out of respect for their father, and most importantly, out of respect for Jane and Jude.

The 10 Commandments for compassionate disability awareness

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Baby Jude’s first Summit DD Calico classroom teacher, Lucy, is great. She made our transition into an integrated classroom an easy one. So when she asked me and another Calico mom to speak at her church as part of a disability awareness initiative, I jumped at the chance to repay her.

Grateful, Prayerful & Hopeful – a lesson learned

Sarah with Jane and Jude

I was asked to submit a piece for committee consideration – a talk, a nugget of “my story” for an upcoming event. I wanted to – really wanted to, but I could not fathom speaking, intelligibly, about the little man and his big sister. I could barely write the following without crumbling into tears. Long story, […]

Ever been to Holland?

Baby Jude and Jane

This past weekend, Janey Bug and Baby Jude got to meet some of my oldest and dearest gal pals at a late afternoon get-together. It was fantastic to catch up with ladies who I have known 25 years (EEKS!) or so. Wee ones running amuck, pizza fresh from the oven, chit chat, amazing spread of […]

Jane and Jude have insightful visit to ophthalmologist

Jane sports her new glasses

It’s been awhile since my last blog post. Reason being, the joyful madness that is raising these two kids has been joyfully, maddeningly BUSY. Baby Jude had a crazy month in June. I am fairly certain we saw almost every department at Akron Children’s Hospital at some point. With July came a new script for a fitting appointment […]