They Blew Away and Other Stories from the Summer

Summer is over and my little boy is in kindergarten. Coming from a half day preschool, we were worried about how he would handle himself in full day kindergarten. So we decided to put him into full day summer camp this summer. We knew it was going to be a transition, but we didn’t expect…

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The Story of Bear


There is a place where Bears are made, with careful attention and loving care. Because these Bears have a special mission: to help children who didn’t have the best start to life. One day, a new Bear was called and told he had an assignment. He quivered with anticipation as they told him about the…

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Adele, My Savior


I briefly told you about HB’s love for Adele’s music in Letter to Our Adopted Son. But now that he’s been home for ten months and his love for Adele has only grown, I felt it warranted its own post. Ten months ago, our son was living in a Chinese orphanage. He’s lived there for all three…

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Letter to Our Adopted Son

March 16, 2016 Dear HB, You’ve been in the U.S. and a U.S. citizen for four days now. We met you on February 29, 2016 and you became our legally adopted son on March 1, 2016. I was so nervous the day of our first meeting that I made myself physically ill, not able to keep any…

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Introducing the Newest Member of Our Family!


Introducing the newest member of our family (who I will refer to as HB for Honey Bear from here on out)! We started the adoption proceedings on March 9, 2015 and officially adopted HB as our son almost a year later on March 1, 2016. Stay tuned for our story. It’s been an uplifting experience,…

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Cousins – Then and Now

I got to see my cousins from my mom’s side of the family recently – we had a family reunion at my sister’s wedding.  When we were kids, we used to see each other often, and some of us actually lived together at some point in our lives.  But then we grew up and spread…

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Family Portrait

Recently, we needed a family portrait so we enlisted my mom’s help to take some pictures.  She’s been practicing taking pictures so we thought this was the perfect opportunity. When two of your family members have four legs and have fur instead of hair, it can be a challenge to get a good picture. First…

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My Mom’s Obsession with Basketball (and Jeremy Lin)

Jeremy Lin

Saturday night.  Madison Square Garden, Knicks vs. 76ers. Mother Daughter bonding time over basketball. Daughter Not a basketball fan.  Has a vague idea how basketball is played.  Knows there are 5 players on a team at a time, it’s played in quarters not periods (she thinks), a basket is 2 points, a 3-point shot is worth, well,…

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Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to Us

5 years ago today, on a glorious fall day, I got to put on a fancy white dress and marry my fireman. Okay, well, it wasn’t a glorious fall day.  In fact, it thundered and rained cats and dogs, so hard that many guests were late.  And kind of put a damper on our outdoor…

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My Dad’s Open Heart Double Bypass Surgery

My dad just had unexpected open heart double bypass surgery on Friday and is still in the hospital.  He is recovering, with some good days and some bad, and his doctor, Dr. Michael Argenziano was absolutely wonderful to us.  I’ve been in and out of the hospital for over a week now and while in the waiting rooms, the one…

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