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Learning to Let Go of the Perfect Life

I always wanted to have kids. Starting in elementary school, my dream was to become a wife and mom. My future life resembled something out of the JC Penny catalogue we got in the mail: blonde models dressed in royal blue pantsuits stood alongside their ‘husbands,’ who looked just like my tanned Ken doll–feathered hair, […] Read more…

How we find love after loss

“I would like to be adopted someday,” she says to me as we walk through a cow pasture in rural Mexico. The girl, who lives in a group home with 25 other foster kids, hopes to be adopted by the house parents who started the home, but Mexico’s laws make adoption difficult. She is eight and […] Read more…

When life doesn’t turn out like you planned

“When you were a girl, how many kids did you want?” My daughter asks this question one night before bed. “Four” I say.  “I always wanted four.” “But you didn’t get four, you only got two,” she says. “You don’t always get what you want in life,” I reply. I don’t tell her about the years […] Read more…