Family

My Not-So-Wicked Stepmother (And What She Taught Me)

I really did hate her for a long time. It didn’t start out that way. My parents, with my mother at the helm, had dragged us through a messy divorce that left all four of us children in various states of devastation, confusion, and uncertainty. I was desperate for adult concern and caring. When I [...]

April 26th, 2016|Family, Parenting|

Acknowledging the Truth about Children (No Matter Where They Come From)

Undoubtedly, I’m biased. I never subjected myself or my marriage to any fertility treatments. But after my first child, Liala Ljunggren, died the day after her due date, a full-term stillborn gorgeous baby girl, I spent two years on the rollercoaster of trying to get pregnant again: transforming sex into a purely utilitarian act and weeping every time my period came. I remember reading news stories about abusive parents whose destroyed children had to be removed from their care and literally wailing out loud, pleading with the stony, unresponsive universe, “I wouldn’t have done that, I promise! Won’t you just give me a chance, please?” […]

December 11th, 2014|Adoption, Family, Infertility|
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