{FAMILY} 5 Things To Consider Before You Get A Family Pet

The other day, this tear-jerker of a video came across my Facebook feed (watch it until the end, and make sure you have kleenex on hand). Not only was it the cause of many tears, but the video sparked a slew of comments about pet adoption and abuse, and shed light on a big problem in regards […]

{FAMILY} What Makes A Mom

This year I had the opportunity to work on the fourth annual Leading Moms event – a day full of inspiring talks from extraordinary moms. As always, the speaker lineup was filled with an array of  diverse women, all invited to share their stories and experiences with an engaged audience. Every year, whether I’ve attended as […]

{FAMILY} Adult Adoption: My Journey

I was adopted twice. In the first year of my life fate brought my adopted mother and I together in an unconventional way, and at the age of 5, I was adopted by her and my first adopted father. 16 years later, I was adopted again by my stepfather, who had become my primary father […]

Adoption: Confessions of an Adoptee

As an adoptee with a mixed-race background, I am constantly asked questions about where I come from, what my parents look like, and why I look the way I do. And while these seem like simple everyday questions to most, questions like these make me a little nervous about sharing the truth – that I […]

Adoption: Telling My Kids That I’m An Adoptee

I’ve been very open about my experiences as an adoptee. I’ve shared my story of how an ad in a newspaper led to my adoption. I’ve shared the story of my unexpected reunion with my biological father, and what happened when I discussed adoption with my eldest when she was five. But while I’ve been candid with my friends and followers […]

Adoption: An Open Letter To Birth Parents

For most of my life, I hadn’t thought about my birth parents – where I came from, who they were, or why they had chosen to give me up. For me, the only thing that mattered was that I had parents who loved me – who chose to be my parents. When I met my […]

Adoption: Nature vs Nurture

Throughout my life as an adoptee, I’ve always internally debated the dichotomy of adoption: am I the way that I am because of who I came from (nature), or because of who (and how) I was raised (nurture)? Do my interests and characteristics come from inherited traits, or environmental factors? Growing up, and throughout my […]

Same Love

“Do you know why this is my favourite lalaloopsy? Because she’s different from all the rest. You know mommy, sometimes you think you want to be the same as everyone else, but after awhile you realize that you just want to be yourself. Because being different is better.” – Emma, 5 My daughter has always been surrounded […]

Christmas Mourning

Two days after my last post, on the morning of Christmas Eve, my biological father passed away. It was sudden, and completely unexpected.   Although he was in the hospital for extensive testing following a bout of pneumonia, and it was discovered that he had developed a very rare form of cancer in his lungs called sarcomatoid […]

Legacy of an Adopted Child

Legacy of an adopted child Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember, the other you call mother. Two different lives shaped to make yours one One became your guiding star, the other became your sun. The first gave you life, the second taught you to live it […]