This is the story of our family. We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family, so we have chosen to build our family through adoption. Zinashi came to our family at age three in Autumn 2010, and Elvie arrived in our arms at the age of  five months in Summer 2012. This blog is the story of our family, of the joys and struggles inherent in adoption. While we believe strongly in finding families for children who need them, we believe just as strongly in preserving families so that adoption is not necessary. Adoption can be a beautiful thing, but it is born out of loss, and we hope that those who read our story will be both encouraged and cautioned. If you would like to adopt, tread carefully. Do your research. Go all in both for the children who need you to be their family and for the children who need you to help them stay in their present homes.

I often write about things that my daughter, Zinashi, experiences and how that feels for her as well as how we parent in light of her loss and our hope for her healing. I ask Zinashi for permission to share before I divulge any details, and there are many details that she would like me to share which I do not feel would be appropriate for the sake of her privacy. Similarly, we share some of Elvie's medical treatments and progress, but limit information that would allow others to know her specific diagnosis or more personal aspects of her care.

Thanks for reading. We appreciate your presence.


  1. Love your blog. It's one of three that have made it to my Bookmarks Bar rather than just the Bookmarks Menu. ;)

    I was wondering if you would share any resources for adoption grants that may have helped you finance the process, if any at all?

    Would've emailed you but couldn't find an address!

    ~jess in NH

  2. Hi there - remembered from the back of my head a former co-worker told me about you guys (and that you would be naming your daughter Magnolia, just like my little Magnolia). Googled your site, and I found you. So glad its worked out for you guys - your Magnolia is a gorgeous little girl and you three are a great match for each other. My Magnolia was pretty excited to see there's another little girl out there with the same name. All the best to you!
    Jeannie, Surrey, BC

  3. I'm really enjoying your blog. We brought our son home from Ethiopia in September -- three on April 6 . Its quite a journey, huh?!

  4. Loving your blog. The pop rocks video captured a moment for sure! Do you know about my book and blog? Finding Aster ? ... Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

  5. I'm happy to have found your blog! I'm an adoptive parent with exactly the same philosophy of adoption - it's necessary, but only because of tragedy. I love it, because it gave me two beautiful children, but I hate it, because of the heartbreak behind it. I look forward to reading more.


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