residency programs: prayer needed

My sweet husband is getting ready to apply for medical residency programs all over the country.  We’re looking for a program that’s a good fit for Dan and his interests, but we’re also considering the fact that we’ll probably be living in this city for 3+ years. If all goes well, we’ll have a child… Continue reading residency programs: prayer needed

tears at the kitchen table, or: how we decided to adopt now

Freshly married, Dan and I were sitting at the kitchen table together when I sprung it on him: “I’ve really been feeling like we should reconsider the timeline we’d kind of talked about for adding kids to our family. I think we should do it sooner than we’ve talked about.” I’m the dreamer of the… Continue reading tears at the kitchen table, or: how we decided to adopt now

the rough patches

Lots of worries popped up again today related to this adoption process. When we’re asked about employment and finances, I get nervous. We’re not your typical adoptive family. We qualify, no doubt, but it’s not always clear cut. My husband is a med student, our income is small, and our financial situation will be undergoing… Continue reading the rough patches

why we’re adopting

Why are we adopting? Well… hm. There are lots of ways to answer that. And lots of aspects to it. Such as: Why a baby? Why international? Why Africa? Why now? It’s sometimes hard for me to verbalize. But it’s therapeutic to try to verbalize it… So here it goes. I have desired to adopt… Continue reading why we’re adopting

weekend away: Indiana and outside Chicago

Our weekend away was really, really nice. We’ve been road-tripping sooo much since we got engaged, that I’d gotten kind of bitter about doing it. But we’re getting wiser about how we do our road trips, and I’m enjoying it more. We pack light, stock up on things to do and eat in the car,… Continue reading weekend away: Indiana and outside Chicago

getting down, and getting up

Two things that can easily get you down: Social media and the adoption process. I’ve taken to unfollowing and unsubscribing to people on social media who fill my feeds with too much whining or negativity or controversy or immaturity. I don’t make a big deal about it. No “I just cut 100 people from my… Continue reading getting down, and getting up

scan: Dan + goats

I have a strange interest in scanning things with our scanner. We tried to scan the mouse blankies we have for our future kiddo, but they just looked creepy. I realize it makes more sense to scan flat things.  This photo has been on our fridge since after our wedding, and I love it so… Continue reading scan: Dan + goats