Why I Love Adoption

Why I love adoption

By Jillian Lauren I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending. Rather, I love […]

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Death By Book

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By Jillian Lauren As I approach the finish line of this new memoir, my response to the question How are you? has lately been, This book is killing me, or (in the style of the Wicked Witch), I’m melting! MEEEELTING! And other cheery and not-at-all dramatic stuff like that. Then, right before Halloween, my best […]

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Adoption: Hope Happens

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By Jillian Lauren     We’re back in Addis now, with its crazy slow-moving traffic, tons of construction, brightly colored corrugated tin shacks, miles of market stalls and crowds of people walking everywhere. I’m sitting under an overhang in an outdoor café, the rain blowing in sideways and soaking the bottom of my skirt as […]

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Ethiopian Adoption: The Road

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By Jillian Lauren   “From here on out, the road is KAPUT,” said Aschalew, the local Help One Now director and our emissary here. Translation: the road is screwed. He wasn’t kidding. We drove for two hours on a rocky unpaved road, through rolling green hills dotted with acacia trees and tukuls (traditional mud huts). […]

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Adoption: Again, Always–Ethiopia

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By Jillian Lauren     The minute we walked off the plane in Addis Ababa this morning, the distinctive smell hit me- some mysterious mixture of frankincense, burning trash, eucalyptus, coffee, and bodies. It’s profoundly human and otherworldly at the same time and lets you know unmistakably that you are in Ethiopia- this glorious and […]

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Adoption Journey: Love Hope

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By Jillian Lauren On the final afternoon of our adoption trip to Ethiopia, we participated in a goodbye ceremony, after which we would be bringing Tariku home for good. Never again would we have to leave him. By that time, I was beyond exhausted. My spirit of adventure was wearing thin and I was so […]

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On Adoption: Then and Now

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By Jillian Lauren       We spent a remarkable weekend with T’s “first friends.” Unprompted by me, he calls them his brothers and sisters. The first picture is of the kids when they were still living in a care center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The second one is of the same kids now (in […]

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