Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gratitude and successes #2

  • For our children's first family. They so clearly cared for our boys and taught them what it means to be in a family. We never had to teach that. They knew how to be part of a family from Day 1.
  • For our boys, who are resilient, strong, brave, smart, loving and kind.
  • For the area we live in. There is so much diversity here that I don't feel that we stick out at all. A's school bus route picks up a little United Nations. We've met plenty of other mixed race families. We did our research to find this area, but we also got lucky in how everything came together. 
  • A short but wonderful visit with a friend from Burji. 
  • A great trip to upstate New York where the boys had lots of fun with their cousins.
  • Eating pretty healthy. Finally getting around to ordering from the farm store.
  • Getting into a homework routine with A.
  • A couple of playdates a week for D.
  • Going to the Ethiopian church every 2-3 weeks while avoiding any mention of religion.

Suck it, Penny.


  1. Cheers to gratitude and successes!

  2. Awesome! So jealous of your neighborhood.

  3. Kyra,
    I can't find a way to contact you directly on your blog... so I am leaving a comment. Which is inappropriate for this purpose, so feel free to delete it.
    Not sure if you saw my blog post about the researcher I met who is interviewing APs about communication in transracial families. I thought you would be a great "subject." Hopeing you will consider reaching out to her.
    Again, feel free to DELETE this after you read it, as it really doesn't belong here.
    Cutting and pasting the original email from the researcher.

    My name is Leslie Nelson and I am a Master's student in the Department of Communication here at the University of Missouri. I got your contact information from Dr. Colleen Colaner, who is my advisor and support for a research study I am embarking on for this semester! I am conducting a study that examines communication in adoptive families in which the child is of a differing ethnicity or cultural background. Specifically, I am interested in if and how the child's ethnic identity or cultural background becomes a part of adoptive families' overarching family identity (from the parent's perspective). With this, I was wondering if you know of any adoptive parents who may be interested in getting interviewed? If so, feel free to pass on my contact information (listed below)! I would greatly appreciate any and all help!

    Thank you so much in advance!

    -Leslie Nelson