Adoptive Families Blog

Holiday Treasures

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2012

Years ago, my parents gave our family a lovely tin box. It was from Germany and had a hinged lid. It was large, trimmed in gold and had hand painted scenes on the top. There are colorful scenes of quaint German villages and skiers on a mountain. It seemed too special for everyday use, so we decided to turn it into our Christmas toy box.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, Holidays, Adopting a Baby

Holiday Picture Books

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2012

Have you started your collection of holiday story books, yet? What?!? You haven’t? This could be the year to assemble your compilation. Every child loves sitting down with Mommy and Daddy to listen to stories reserved only for this time of year. The stories will build their excitement for the “big day” when Santa comes. The books will teach them (in language they can understand) about the birth of Jesus and traditions around the world. Because these stories are brought out for such a short time, it makes them all the more precious. Here are some books that have been a hit around our house:

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Topics: Family, Holidays, Adopting a Baby

Savings Alert: Wal-Mart Deals

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 18, 2012

Wal-Mart seems to be a hot bed topic these days. Of course it is admirable to purchase at local neighborhood shops. It is important to support the local community. However, things start to get expensive very fast (especially when it comes to Christmas shopping). Wal-Mart can be a last minute resource for savings when the piggy bank runs low.

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Topics: Family, General, Holidays, Savings

Holiday Traditions for a Lifetime

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 14, 2012

Growing up, our family enjoyed many holiday traditions. I remember being carried to the car at ten o’clock at night. My eyes would be heavy with sleep, yet the excitement of the event pushed me to wakefulness. I would rub my eyes and look at the lights, rushing by the window in a blur. If I was lucky, we would pass Christmas lights on homes and on the outside of businesses. It was magical!

Finally we would arrive at the church. Many people would already be there, milling about and speaking quietly to one another. There was a certain reverence in the air that I didn’t yet understand. The pews were decorated with fragrant greenery and candles glowed, throughout the sanctuary. Shiny red Poinsettias and white roses in ornate pots, draped generously over the entrance tables.

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Topics: Adoption, Christian Adoption, Parenting, Family, Holidays

Savory Roast and Root Vegetables

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 10, 2012

This is an easy, yet elegant choice to serve while entertaining. Your company will think you worked hard in the kitchen all afternoon. It makes for a lovely presentation and tastes great. During this holiday season, we all want simple. After all, the meal should enhance the conversation and atmosphere. The hostess wants to enjoy the party too!

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Topics: Recipe, General, Economy, Holidays

A New Christmas Tradition

Posted by Guest Contributor on December 10, 2012

When we adopted our daughter, it was important for us to establish holiday traditions unique to our family. We wanted to create cherished memories for years to come. We came up with a fun idea that has been going strong now for her fifteen years of life. It is something we look forward to each year and maybe our daughter will establish the same tradition with her children, someday.

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Topics: Adoption, Christian Adoption, Parenting, General, Holidays

A Care Package For Your Birth Mom

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 3, 2012

For those parents out there that are no longer waiting; this is for you. When you look back on the scope of your life, what kind of presents have you received? Are there any that still give you joy? Do you still refer to them and remember the giver? For most of you, the most profound gift would be the selfless act of love from your child’s birth mother.

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Topics: Adoption, Open Adoption, Adoption Gifts, Birthmother, General, Holidays

The Stocking: True Spirit of Giving

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2012

In 2002, the Hunt family suffered an unbelievable tragedy. They lost their eldest son, Gage, in a skiing accident. The family home had already been decked out for Christmas. The stockings were hung on the fireplace mantel. The tree was massive and beautifully decorated. Scented candles burned in every room. Colorful Manzanita brightened every corner. No one from the outside would ever guess the deep heartache and pain that weighed heavy on the Hunt family home.

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Topics: Communication, Parenting, Family, General, Holidays, Faith

Wrapping Paper 101

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2012

Every Christmas I scramble. Where did I put the wrapping paper? Do I have enough? How do I wrap that?!? I can’t believe I saved those gift bags. Wrinkled paper and torn tissue is never in season. I have had friends and family comment on the sweet job my seven year old son did at wrapping the presents. Oops, it was me… My sheepish smile gives away nothing.

Sometimes, I wish a professional gift wrapper would appear at my house, loaded down with lovely ribbons and double sticky tape. She would smile an angelic smile at me. “You have been so good this year, I am going to wrap, tuck and tape every present you have! Go ahead. Have coffee with your friends. I am your personal wrapping fairy and I am here to make your life easier.” Alas, it is not to be! The burden is mine alone.

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Topics: General, Economy, Holidays

Grandma V’s Cranberry Salad

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 20, 2012

If you grew up any time before the eighties, you will remember Jell-O salad. It seemed that every Grandmother served it on special occasions. Some were made with lime gelatin and some were made with cottage cheese. Still others had walnuts and bananas folded in.

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Topics: Recipe, Family, General, Holidays