Thanksgiving Part 2: The Thankful Part

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By Jillian Lauren Here’s a picture from the first year we brought T to Thanksgiving. Cute, right? I think we managed to stay for about 20 minutes. From the beginning, social situations have been scary and challenging for T. I still shudder when I recall my dear friend stooping to say hello, and T responding […]

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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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