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True Adoption Story: Just Mom

True Adoption Story: Just Mom

I’m just a mom. In 1990, in a small-town courthouse in Southern Minnesota, the adoption of our two daughters became final. I have never forgotten the judge’s last statements to us, or the feeling of finality that it gave me. “These children are now yours forever and ever, just as if they had been born to you.” We had wanted…

Nouveau Depart

Nouveau Depart

I always go into January a buzz of energy.  With the sloth and gluttony of holidays behind me, I enter these first few days of the year all fired up. One of the reasons that this happens is because social media is plastered with “inspirational” meme’s about “starting again”.  I read these meme’s and am filled with the sense of,…

The Great Disappearing Day

The Great Disappearing Day

It’s a new year, and I want to talk about the not often discussed phenomenon: December 31st The Great Disappearing Day! We’ve all experienced the magic of January 1st. The clock turns and we begin to slough off the gluttony of the season and think sensibly again. We dust off and update our Weight Watchers apps. We tuck holiday candies…

Three Christmas Lists

Three Christmas Lists

21At this time of the year, we all have many things to accomplish: gifts to buy, a house to clean, sweets to bake, and schmaltzy Christmas movies to watch. The best way to start this busy season is to sit down and write a Christmas List. Christmas Lists are interesting things. They are tiny inventories of those that you love,…

A GOLA-giving

A GOLA-giving

This time of year always brings out a number of emotions for me.  I’m excited to get 2016 done and over with, but I’m a little sad to see the year pass, because it’s been kinda wonderful. One of those wonderful memories is Gift of Life’s Thanksgiving work family get together or GOLA -giving, if ya will. This is typically…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s that time of the year, again. The time of the year, when we bring a little holiday cheer to the community. Gift of Life works with many social and medical professionals.  The counseling and care that they give is an important part of the adoption process. When choosing a gift to say thank you, we try to strike that…