I suppose the journey to be in contact with our child's birth mother started even before we were matched with our daughter. It was in the early days when whispers of others' falsified documents and inconsistencies lurked like shadows....
My husband and I have four sweet children. We adopted our youngest, domestically, 18 months ago. She is the light of our home, we all are enamored with her sweet and spunky personality. She definitely takes the role of...
Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. January 24, 2012. An ordinary day for most, but for my husband and I, it was monumental. It was the day we met our daughter. The 30-month wait was over and we were finally going to be a...
Usually when I am out and about with my youngest daughter, who is adopted, I don't get a lot of questions about our family, especially if it just her and I. But if I am out with my entire...
With Mother's Day coming up, we're taking this week to share stories from our own Twin Cities Moms Blog Contributors on how they became mothers. We all have unique stories, and some of our stories are still being written. We hope you...

This Is My Motherhood

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"He is mine in a way that he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine, and so together, we are motherhood.” Desha Woodall Last May, my husband and I, nervously...
About four years ago, I joined a gym for one purpose: to get healthy again. I had let my health slide after three children, and it was beginning to affect my mood, so I decided to do something about...

Asking for Help

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I’ve never liked asking for help. I mean does anyone really? When my kid’s were really tiny, (all three under five-tiny), life was crazy and chaotic. I honestly could have used a few extra set of hands once in a while....
Mothers-in law. They usually have a bad rap for being intrusive, overbearing, irritating and controlling. I have been at so many gatherings where mothers-in-law have been the center of everyone’s jokes. I am happy to report though that I can never join...
So many children's books contain only white characters. Or if they DO include non-white characters, they are often in minor roles and are rarely found in greater numbers than the white characters. This became painfully apparent to me after our daughter joined our...
Aside from a few weekend getaways, my husband and I have never taken an extended vacation together in the seven years we've been together. I am pretty content at home and have never found myself bit by the travel...
January 16th marked 28 years for me as a true, Midwestern Minnesota girl. It's a day that will always hold a special place in my family's heart - a day I'll never know except through the beautiful snapshots and stories...

June Baby

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Before I knew we'd struggle with infertility, I imagined a June baby. My husband and I both have June birthdays. A baby born in the same month as us sounded so sweet. We'd pack in all sorts of birthday...

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Summer: Now & Then

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Fighting for the window seat on a train to catch a glimpse of the engine as the train turned... Decades later, this memory is...

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