Memories Or Money: Nostalgia Trumps The “Garage Sale” Box Every Time

September 17th, 2009

Beauty's shoes - October 2008I’ll admit it: I have a soft spot for nostalgia. Okay, so being entirely honest, I'm a grade "A" sap.  I’ve been going through the kids’ clothing for an upcoming garage sale lately, and I’m finding it harder and harder to put items into the “sale” pile. For instance, I set aside two small-to-medium boxes, one for each child. I decided I would fill the boxes accordingly and then the rest of the remaining items would go straight to the gigantic garage sale box. Suffice to say, that hasn’t been the case. Those two small-to-medium boxes were replaced with ones of the large-to-extra-large persuasion.  Sure, there are givens: the outfit Bear wore on his way home from the hospital, any… [more]

Blogging As A Life Book

April 14th, 2008
Categories: Life Books

Though I am a crafty lady, and though I have tried my hand at rubber stamping and scrapbooking, I find I need something a little quicker and lower maintenance. Thus, I tend to blog as a way of chronicling my children’s lives. Though I blog here at AdoptionBlogs, I have a personal blog for homeschooling, as well as a family site. Blogging provides a quick way to summarize each day, or events such as trips or special days. Most blogging tools allow the posting of multiple pictures. Best of all, most sites are free or offer a free version of their premium services. You can save these blog pages to CD/DVD, so that they can be viewed for years to come. Many blogging sites now also… [more]

Life Books for Adopted Children (part 3)

March 15th, 2007
Categories: Life Books

scrapbookHow do we find more information for kids who have so little? This is part three in a series listing many ideas on how to gather information to compose life books for some of our adopted children. Some of our children come with nearly no information about their birth. These ideas can't give them all of their information, but can help ground our kids with a solid sense of their birth and surroundings. Click here for Part One and Part Two. **Small swatches of fabric from a favorite clothing article. If a newborn, this is more “duh” than for older kids. But, even for older kids, it can be interesting. One teen daughter came off the plane… [more]

Life Books for Adopted Children (part 2)

March 15th, 2007
Categories: Life Books

bookHow do we find more information for kids who have so little??Here are a few more ideas for neat things to add to your child's lifebook. (Check here for other ideas.) **Magazine pictures or copied photos of kids that might have looked like her – i.e. baby magazine picture of baby with big brown eyes that remind you of how he probably looked when he was little. This idea sounded “iffy” to me, but one of our attachment therapists insisted it was a good idea. I’ve only done it for one son so far – he loves it. **For top news events? www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/archive.html gives lists of what happened on that day in history. Can even print out some newspaper pages… [more]

Life Books for Adopted Children

March 15th, 2007
Categories: Life Books

scrapbookHow do we find more information for kids who have so little?? A recent birthday blog by Wendy brought up that some of our children have little or no information about their birth. I’d actually already been thinking about this over the last few days. I can’t recreate the birth experience for them, but maybe I can find some tidbits of information to add to their lifebooks to form some little bit of birth history for them. Here’s what I’ve come up with: **Do some search about the day he was born. Find out what day of the week his birthday fell on. Research the weather (www.almanac.com/weatherhistory). **What does his name mean? (look around until you find a meaning you like –… [more]

Life Books: Just One Way To Tell Your Child’s Story

April 2nd, 2006
Categories: Life Books

I am a Life Book negligent adoptive mom. Or would that be Life Book challenged? Life Book disabled? I know how important the concept of a Life Book is for many adoptive families. I respect and admire those parents who are diligent about keeping a Life Book for their adopted children. I'm just not one of them. From the moment the girls were permanently placed with us, we were caught up in the actual day-to-day living with them. The business of putting together and maintaining the Life Book about our journey to becoming a family just never made it to the top of my priority list. I keep individual journals for all three of my children that I write in sporadically. I might write for weeks… [more]