Category Path to Acacia

November is…

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 […]

Things that Matter.

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 […]

America’s Cutest Green Baby?

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 […]

Six Months Home (So let’s hit the road!)

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, […]

3 Weeks In.

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, […]

Africa, Day 3.

How is it that Acacia could so perfectly sleep through the night, but I couldn’t manage? Maybe it was because I had so confidently announced that I’d conquered jetlag. We started the day with a trip to the AHope Orphanage with the Gourley’s (another adopting family). They were bringing donations to this home for children […]