Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Paint and sip!!



First annual paint and sip!!  What a great time with old friends and new friends!  The support we got was amazing and we thank everyone who helped us!! 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cultures

Adoption can do so many things ... One thing I love is that it can teach you about different cultures!  So many families are brought together with different backgrounds and ethnicities ... I should know that!  I am British but yet grew up Greek! Here is one of my favorite dances ... 

Pontian tik!!

Anyone have any traditions they want to share from a different culture or something they love about being American? 

http://youtu.be/AF1hp5Ed3cI

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Missing His First Family

We have an open adoption with our oldest son and his birth family.  They are our extended family.  We visit them about once a year.  We FaceTime, talk on the phone, and keep in contact, sometimes more so than with our close by family.  Sadly there is still that sadness attached to open adoption.  Since D sees and knows his first family, he knows exactly what he's missing, and he really, truly misses them, especially his sisters.  We put their pictures up in his room, we FaceTime, I don't think it could ever be enough.  It's just something we have to deal with.  I feel awful for him.  It's like an emptiness he feels, he describes it and expresses it quite well.  I wish we were rich and could afford to travel the 650 miles or so more often.  I wish we could afford to pay for them all to come to NY.  But unfortunately that is not our reality.  We will continue to be there for him and acknowledge his feelings and support him as best we could.  But my heart will break for him every time he tells me how much he misses his sisters like he did tonight.