Being Still Before Moving Forward

The past four years since I started my business Parenting by Adoption and my work as an Open Adoption Coach, I worked hard to learn all I could stuff into this mid life brain about the process of open adoption.  I worked with another adoption professional that had been pivotal in our adoption.  I read […]

The moments that make it all worthwhile

I am the very blessed Mommy to my now 7 year old daughter, a daughter we adopted at birth in an open adoption.  Summer has been a blur of activity with trying to work from home while caring for Ariel, manage some minor health issues for both of us and help my husband coordinate some […]

Motherhood, Mid Life and Menopause

I have been in big denial about my age for a long time. Next month I will be turning 52 and my sweet girl will be turning 7. Up until recently I did not really think about the age thing too much (unless some stranger brought it up with curiosity about whether I was Ariel’s […]

What Open Adoption Looks Like in Our Family

I speak about open adoption when I meet with new clients or do a group presentation. Our family has an open adoption with our daughter’s first/bio family. It has varying degrees of contact – some we see face to face regularly and some we stay in touch via Facebook, email etc. This open relationship has […]

Becoming Comfortable with the Unknown

I have been deep in thought today about a subject that was a real thorn in my side in the past. That is being able to be comfortable when the future is full of unknowns. I used to feel the only way I could navigate my deep emotions was to cling to a belief I […]

Adoption and Identity

As both an adoptive Mom and an Adoption Coach, I am always very interested to talk to all those who’s lives have been touched by adoption. Couples/singles looking to adopt, birth mothers and those who were adopted. As an adoptive Mom to a 6-1/2 year old who we adopted in an open adoption, I have […]

Looking back at my journey to Ariel

I had the wonderful opportunity of doing a radio show with Wendy Edwards of the Wendy Edwards Show back in Charlottesville, VA today. The topic of the show is paying it forward and we were talking about my passion for paying it forward in my adoption coaching work due to my deep gratitude for being […]

Too Old To Parent? Let’s Talk

The issue of mid life motherhood is one that is near and dear to my heart. My own journey to motherhood was a long and windy one and I was blessed with the birth of my daughter Ariel (by her birth mom) six days after I turned 45 in 2004. Did I plan to have […]

Musings of this Mid Life Mommy

I have been battling some non life threatening but life interrupting medical issues for the past three years. In my life I am both an Adoption Coach AND a Nature Photographer who produces matted prints and cards of my nature images. Well since I am allergic to almost all things that grow outside and are […]

Musings about Mid Life Motherhood

My own path to motherhood was long and bumpy. My husband and I married when I was 39 and after 6 failed IVF cycles and then moving on to adopt our daughter, she arrived 6 days after I turned 45. In some respects, my approach to mid life motherhood is that I have never known […]