I must’ve seen a good ten different articles this week about the fact it’s a problem that Americans are spending too much time behind screens. How it’s terrible that we live virtually through social media and video games. How it’s detrimental to our socialization when we hide behind our phones. How it’s sad that we […]

So what was that about my grand plans to keep this blog as a catalog of our family adventures? I wish I could say we just had SO many adventures that there just possibly wasn’t time to keep it going. That might be, maybe 10% true. Maybe it’s that Acacia isn’t a so-called baby anymore. […]

Just Add Water One thing Patrick and I continually wish we had in our lives were siblings. I know not every family is close-knit, but I have a hunch we’d be the type of people to get along with our bro and sis. Family vacations are something we don’t really have childhood memories of, and […]

Being mommy to two is SO HARD! Have I said that before…? I look back on my days with just Zin, and think, “Wow. I had no idea how easy it was when the parent-child ratio was two to one.” Of course, everything was new then, and life went into selfless mode. But, there was […]

After spending time in Ethiopia, I got a new perspective on life. Sure, I’d seen the hardships of the third world via news, the internet, etc. But, it’s so different when it penetrates you. I never lived there in the smoggy city of Addis, or the rural plains of southern Ethiopia, but my daughter did, […]

Since removing friends updates from my facebook feed, I’ve noticed a trend. Almost all the pages I follow are food related! Be it a cooking site or an informative one, I am interested in cooking, learning about, and eating food. :) One page I follow is by vegan cookbook author Isa Moskowitz. I only have […]

I never realized just how much she stands out in her demographic… Still in the haze of Hurricane Adoption, I entered a contest in Kiwi magazine: America’s Cutest Green baby. I didn’t have any great pics of Acacia at the time (at least, none from my “good” camera), but I was rather smitten by one […]

It’s been just over six months since Acacia stepped onto US soil. We have come SO far in half of a year. She’s gone from zero English words to: Mommy, Dada, Java, Dog, Cat, Please, Thank You, Up, Down, More, All gone, Apple, Banana, Food, Potty, Poop, Play, Outside, Seat, I see it, Put away, […]

My old blog, “Path to Acacia,” has been detoured, and renamed. Welcome to “Our Wall: The McGowan Family’s Adventures from A(cacia) to Z(innia).” It’s a work in progress, but I hope to keep it going strong for a good long while. I’ve archived all the posts from PTA, added a few pages at the header, […]

I’ve been trying to get all our journalings in order, as both Patrick and I documented A LOT from our trip to bring Acacia home. However, at this point, the stories are better kept for our own memories, or to tell over cocktails at dinner parties. We’ve been home three weeks… and we know that, […]

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the only referral this week; a beautiful 8 ½ month old girl. The family waited just 6 ½ months to be matched.”That’s an excerpt from last week’s Ethiopia Adoption Update…. and that family is US! We got the call during the work day; and I can’t […]

National Adoption Month. In November of 2009, we officially began our adoption process. In November of 2011, we gained custody of Acacia, completing a major chapter in our adoption journey. This November, I could try my best to persuade those of you who are still growing your families to consider taking the adoption route. And […]

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