All Blog Posts Tagged 'international' (29)

Women Power

Last Friday, March 8th, was International Women's Day. The Texas Diversity Council sponsored a symposium dedicated to this day.There were a panel of 7 inspiring women all from different walks of life. All of them delivering a very powerful message - We can make a difference even in high heels!

As women, we face a…

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Added by Jessica Dy on March 10, 2013 at 10:48pm — No Comments

The First Time...

Yesterday was the start of National Adoption Month.  Around our house I have been busy writing articles for Adoption.Com on different ways to celebrate the month, and we have all been sporting purple ribbons for adoption awareness.

Adoption is a big thing in our family.  I am an adopter.  I adopted my…

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Added by Lanita Moss on November 2, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Hail to the Chief

As an American, there are a few things I take for granted, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness being the big three.  I’m also guaranteed certain liberties such as the right of free speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to own a gun.

Another right I have as an American that I don’t…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 20, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Trouble Starts, Pane Follows - David and Linda Broughton, Authors



Trouble Starts, Pane Follows – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds
    Ralph is the claims chief for a very large insurance company.  The…
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Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 16, 2011 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Going Home

Home is where the heart is.  But, for my daughters, their hearts aren’t just under my roof.

As internationally adopted children, I know a part of them still resides in their birth countries.  As they grow up as red, white, and blue Americans, Elle is still Russian, and Bunny is still…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 13, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments

Lost Opportunity

I am disappointed.  Disappointed at a lost opportunity.

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I read this headline in the Hollywood Reporter.

Jillian Michaels Warns Against International Adoption Unless…

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Added by Lanita Moss on October 6, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments

Tamales and Borscht

Tomorrow is Bunny’s adoption day.  It’s been six years since we brought our little bundle of joy home from Guatemala.  Every year I think about holding her in my arms knowing she was finally mine.

In years past we have celebrated with cake and singing, taking time to celebrate the expansion of our…

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 27, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

Scissors and Crayons

Sometimes international adoption can throw a curve ball when you least expect it.

When Elle was in the lower grades of elementary school, she brought home an assignment.  They had been studying the 50 states in school and how the states related to the students.  The worksheet was a map of the United…

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 20, 2011 at 9:48am — No Comments

Russian Hats

When I think of the Russians and what they wear on their heads, I think of furry military hats or colorful babushkas (head scarves) tied around the babushka’s (grandmother’s) heads. Before I adopted Elle, I rarely thought of baby beanies we put on our infants heads.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on September 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

But We Thought She Was Ours

Earlier this month, a family’s world was destroyed.  A Liberty, MO family received notification that a Guatemalan judge had ordered the return of their seven-year-old adopted daughter.

This story caught my eye because I have a six-year-old Guatemalan daughter, and Liberty is only 40 miles away from where I live.  So, it was hitting rather close to home.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on August 17, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

The Courage to be Angry

Our household has been a difficult place to be lately.  Like most parents, I am struggling to keep boredom at bay, without sacrificing every moment of my day to my children.

But, the summertime boredom blues is not what is making this summer so hard.  My daughter, Hunter, is in the process of turning our family inside out.

 

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Added by Lanita Moss on July 25, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

The Gestures of a Nation

Before I adopted Elle from Russia, I had a preconceived idea of what Russians were like.  I remember the high stepping soldiers of the Soviet Army marching in Red Square behind the tanks and missiles, the Soviet gymnasts who seemed more like robots than young girls, and let’s not forget Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, the famous figure skating couple.  If it weren’t for Olga Korbut and her enchanting smile and bubbly personality, I would have assumed Russians were devoid of…

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Added by Lanita Moss on February 14, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

"I Managed to Lose the Accent"

Elle started 6th grade this week…middle school. She has a new school, new bus and a different way of attending school. Rather than one classroom with one teacher and one desk, Elle has graduated to different classrooms for every subject, multiple teachers and a hall locker. This is the big time.… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on August 24, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Leap of Faith

There are few things in life that require us to close our eyes, hold our breath and leap. Very few. Most every decision we make in our life, we have the ability to make informed decisions. What do I want to be when we grow up? Should I take a job with that particular company? Do I really want to marry this guy?… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on July 22, 2010 at 8:47am — No Comments

An "A" Day Celebration

Today we celebrate Elle’s A-Day. No, it’s not her birthday; although we celebrate those in fine fashion…it’s her adoption day. I adopted her 11 years ago today.…

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Added by Lanita Moss on June 29, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Delivery By FedEx and Delta Air Lines

Many of my friends have children and I have heard all the stories about their water breaking, labor pains and the mad dash to the hospital. They go on to tell me in detail how dilated they were and how they weren’t supposed to push. Then through their emotional tears they tell me about the final push and how this little miracle of life… Continue

Added by Lanita Moss on June 18, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Interview: Baby Cuisine Cookbook 6/3

Thursday, June 3rd I was able to sit down with Shane and Chantal Valentine, founders of Alina’s Cucina, and ask them about their new book "The Baby Cuisine Cookbook". It’s a beautiful book with a lot of recipes the whole family will enjoy, as well as babies from 6 months old. I tried their hummus and it was actually tasty with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon.







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Added by TerriAnn van Gosliga on June 5, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

When the Flowers and Balloons are Gone

It is the Friday before Mother’s Day and I am reflecting on all that makes me a mom, especially a mother of internationally adopted daughters. I am a typical mother,

I make sure my kids are well fed, with as little sugar and processed food on

the table as I can manage…although I tend to lose the candy game with their

Dad. I make sure they have clean

clothes and that they started out matching when I bought them…not always

successful on the fashion…

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Added by Lanita Moss on May 7, 2010 at 8:42am — No Comments

Failure of the System

I am sitting at my desk absolutely so angry that I could spit nails. I just read a series of articles

that reported the return of a 7 year-old Russian boy back to Russia. The adoptive mother, from Tennessee,

put him on an airplane bound for Moscow, alone, with a note saying she was

returning him. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?yes""> And…

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Added by Lanita Moss on April 12, 2010 at 8:17am — No Comments

The House of Polar Opposites

I have two daughters and they are both adopted. Elle is 11 and she was adopted from Kursk, Russia when she was nine months old. Bunny is five and she was adopted from Guatemala.…

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Added by Lanita Moss on March 25, 2010 at 7:16pm — No Comments

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