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A new cast member

I am so proud to announce that I am officially a grandmother! My daughter has been in the foster to adopt process for this last year, and last week the process was finalized and Melissa became the legal mother to my adorable grandson Charlie Vaughn. 306 more words


Adopting your first cat

Have you thought about it for a long time—adopting a cat? Is it something you’ve told yourself for years you’d do, once you were m… 297 more words


Top Ten Facts about Adoption Tax Benefits

If you adopt a child in 2017, you may qualify for a tax credit. If your employer helped pay for the costs of an adoption, you may be able to exclude some of your income from tax. 429 more words

A decade with Essie

Despite what many people might think upon meeting her, my dog is not named after the nail polish. Actually it wasn’t until several weeks after her adoption that a drunk Cubs fan first made the connection, as she sat with Essie in the middle of the crowded sidewalk. 572 more words


About weight loss and babies...

This weekend was ugly and messy.  On the tails of Saturday’s fight, we thought we’d round out the weekend with yet another fight on Sunday.  717 more words


Blood Family by Anne Fine

Blood Family by Anne Fine (9781481477734, Amazon)

At age seven, Edward was saved from his abusive stepfather, Harris, when a neighbor saw him peeking out of their apartment through a boarded-up window. 345 more words

Book Reviews

Texas Senate Approves 'Religious Refusal' Adoption Measure

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. 326 more words