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Five Children’s Books That Celebrate Adoption

By: Amber Leventry

For the last 15 years, the Saturday before Thanksgiving has also been known as National Adoption Day. This one day in November is not just a Saturday to tackle the grocery list, prepare the house for holiday guests, or pack the car for a trip to see relatives. It is a day–this Saturday, November 21st–that will finally provide homes for some of the more than 100,000 children in...

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Must-See Mixed Family YouTube Channels

By Alexandra Temblador
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In 2013 Cheerios aired a new commercialthat features one of the most modern day types of families in the United States, an interracial family made up of a black father, a white mother, and a biracial daughter. Since then, they’ve released another commercial with the same family called “Gracie.” Unfortunately, the original commercial that was posted on YouTube received a lot...

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#$%@ People Say To Transracial Families…

By Jillian Lauren

 

 

Kristen Howerton, Deborah Swisher and I got together with our clans one Sunday and made a little video about the #$%@ that gets said to us every day at the mall, the playground, heck, on our front yards! Being in a transracial family is a very visible way to walk through the world. I look at dumb remarks as a chance to advocate for adoption and to educate people who are...

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Interracial Marriage: 20 Years of Marriage!

Our Wedding Day ~ August 21, 1993

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 I do! And then some!

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I now pronounce you…

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I had to make our cake topper because

interracial cake toppers didn’t exist 20 years ago

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 Filled with joy!

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Jamie and I NEVER imagined 21 years ago, on that fateful day on the freeway, that this month, we would be celebrating 20 years of marriage! The odds were not only stacked against us, they were piled high!...

Amy Wise
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Marriage Equality: Marriage is LOVE…

By Amy Wise

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I am a BIG believer in equal rights for all. I haven’t written anything about the gay marriage debate on my blog because this blog is all about interracial marriage. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I have to write about gay marriage, because this blog is about LOVE!

So here’s the thing…in light of the fact that the heterosexual divorce rate is 50%+, maybe,...

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Single Mom: Growing a Foodie

By Wendy Rhein

 

Mom? Will you make that grape cake for me? The one with the orange zest glaze?

I swear, I almost welled up with tears at the very sound of these words coming from my 7-year-old. The very fact that he knows what zest is, or that a grape cake does not mean a bright purple Kool-Aid inspired out of the box cardboard flop topped with a tub of lard concoction, well, it was enough to...

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Adoption: Just When You Think You’ve Heard it All

By: Wendy Rhein

So I went on a date last week. Just a drink. This was my dip-a-toe-in-the-frigid-and-murky-pond-of-dating-in-your-40s. Hold your applause and keep the Bride’s magazine in hiding.

He seemed like a nice enough man, also in his 40s, divorced, employed, no (obvious) criminal record and when speaking and writing, he communicated in complete sentences where the subject matched the verb....

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Adoption: Forever Family

By: Wendy Rhein

This week marks the second anniversary of Sam’s adoption. I had started the story of how he came into my life several months ago, ending it with my leaving the hospital with him, uncertain about how long he would be a part of my family after a potential birth father vowed to challenge the adoption. I revisit that awful, sleepless, cherished time this time of year, and am so...

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Ten Things I Never Thought I’d Say

By Wendy Rhein

 

Sometimes I catch myself with my mouth hanging open. I remind myself to close my jaw, take a breath. I seem to think that if I get quiet then the shocking, absurd, or insane thing I’ve just said will evaporate in a comic book quote bubble and we can all, especially me, pretend that I really didn’t just say that.

The things I find myself saying before 8am on any given day. These...

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The Similarities Between A Toddler And Grandmother

By Wendy Rhein

I often feel like I’m living in a social experiment. I am witness to the circle of life every day with a 2 1/2 year old, a 7 year old, a 43 year old and a 72 year old sharing a relatively small space. I really should carry a notebook for my observations but I think my family would only grow more annoyed with me stating the obvious and then smugly writing it down.

I am seeing more...

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A Love Story Between Third Graders

By: Janet Borrus

Some people look to their parents as relationship role models.   I look to my daughter Maya and her man Axel.

They’ve been together since kindergarten. Everyone thought it would last a year, maybe two.  But they’re into their fourth and are tighter than ever.

Maya is eight. Axel nine.

In many ways, it’s a case of opposites attract. He’s guileless, affable, easily hurt. She’s...

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Preserve Your Food

By: Wendy Rhein

Something about late July sparks the urge to preserve. Preserve time with family and friends, the slower pace of our evenings without homework, even the warmth of a late day sun. But I can’t hold those things about summer, saving them for a mid winter’s day when I step barefooted into a pile of melting slush fallen off a boot or have to rummage through a book bag at midnight...

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