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When the Judge announced us a "forever family." It sealed what I already knew "The Moment" I held my girls, then 5 and 6, for the first time in October 2008. After completing all the requirements to become foster to adoption parents. The meeting was set to learn about sisters who were coming up for permanent placement. They had been in thirteen foster homes already. We met with social workers, …

I knew I wanted to be a writer, but my confidence flagged when my mom marked my creative work on the Valkeries as "Archaic".

We were sitting on his living room sofa late at night, talking quietly so as not to wake his mom, when I saw it. “Oh, you have a tattoo!” I exclaimed in an excited whisper, gently fingering the small, blue-dyed patch of skin around his collar-bone. “It’s a bird, right?”

“It’s a petrel,” he whispered back. He took hold of my hand and guided my index finger along …

The sun is drifting slowly up over the mountains on the east side of the valley, and the sky is a glowing canvas of orange and fading purple. Steam rises from the ice that formed over the surface of the lake the night before. The pine trees on either side of me glitter and glint in their sheaths of ice created by the snow guns. My breath puffs out in …
In Dec 03, I had a seizure at work. The moment I had the seizure, my life changed. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor; however, I believe what I have is ADULT-ONSET EPILEPSY. It's been 7 years in Dec 10 when I had the 1st seizure. I've had 7 seizures in 7 years. My life has dramatically changed not know when I may …

As much as I enjoy writing, I'm going to be brief with this a recent revelation in my life.

While listening to pastor Olse talking about the goodness of God and how He has His ways of letting us know which way to turn, I began thinking about a recent serious negativity that had overwhelmed me. So, I made the comment that God certainly knew how to pull …

If infertility is waiting for a season that never comes, then adoption is the coming of a new season of unexpected joy, a spring time of new life. I spent years waiting for my life to begin. I was never sure of what I wanted to do or be, but I was certain that I was never happy or satisfied and that my life had not yet begun. I could …

25 years ago, I was a a successful Plastics Consultant to Biotech and Biomedical companies. I had left the Corporate jungle as Director of R&D;2 years prior as I was fed-up with office politics.
I was having a ball both technically and financially and one evening after a busy day I =went out for drinks with the CEO of this company and as we talked about how …
The first interview I read on Lady Gaga was the end of my six year battle with self-image doubts. That was the first time for a long time that I knew my idiosyncrasies were the things I was most proud of.

The day was hot, my 41st birthday, as I crossed the bridge going onto Key Biscayne in my electric blue car. I wore a sheer floral blouse with a black leather jacket and a pair of tight jeans. I was posing for an artist, but not just any artist, the most famous unknown artist of our age, who wasn't French, but lived in France. He was the perfect …

Another Match.com first date, yet this one felt like it would somehow be different. We'd been connected by profiles but our online communications were extraordinary in that he had the ability to read what I'd purposely written "between the lines." We'd both had long previous marriages; mine was 28 years of marriage to a ghost and his was a 36 year sentence of a verbally abusive banshee.

It was about three in the morning a year ago. I was still wide awake, suffering from insomnia, and was going through that time of the month. I needed some tampons so I went to my most favorite place in the world: Walmart.
As I was tossing in the shopping cart a few boxes at random, I suddenly bumped into something. I looked up, shocked to see that it was …

It was 7:00am. Storms threatened overhead as I hastily packed my toddler's diaper bag. We were just about to leave for my parents' house, more than two hours away. As I rushed toward the door, I noticed a blinking red light on the answering machine and thought I'd better check it before I left. These were the days before everyone had cell phones, before constant communication, when most people had …

Academics have always played a big part in my family. I remember when I found out that I had passed my last exam and was going to graduate from University. At the time, my dad was out of town. I remember standing in the driveway at my parents home and I saw my Dad walking up the street. The look he gave me was one of total pride, …

My period is always regular. I didn't keep track of it very closely, but I thought I was 1 day late, so I checked the calendar and discovered that I was 8 days late. That was the beginning of what would become my sweet little boy who came straight from heaven.

I didn't even have a reason to stay in the marching band for a second year, but I did it anyway. If I hadn't, I never would have met the ginger boy in the Ben Folds Five t-shirt. I knew he and I would be friends.

Here we are 10 years later- happily married and in love. He continues to surprise me from day to day, …

I was at a low point in my life contemplating leaving my husband, frightened by what would happen to me if I did, equally as frightened by what might happen to me if I didn’t. It was 5:30 and I was stuck in traffic in the oppressive humidity of a Pennsylvania summer afternoon. I sat in my car with the windows rolled down staring at the ground outside …

Dear Cori,

It's incredible. Remember how we told M. she should come live with us. You thought we were nuts to do something like that on the spur of the moment. Well, her best friend A., whom we'd never met, came over last night. She's pregnant, and she asked us to adopt the baby. And she'd never even have been her if we hadn't taken in M. So after …

Since I now think in 6 word phrases, my moment comes down to a 6 word phrase. It changed everything.
Forever.

I was standing in a stadium with thousands of adults and teenagers. The overhead lights were off and the only source of light was coming from the stage that was situated on the floor of the stadium. Purple, white, and yellow filtered lights reflected, not on the traditional worship instruments, but, off of instruments of a different species: a drum set, guitars, keyboard, and microphones. The lights cast a lavender …
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Moments from the SMITH Community

Tomorrowland "Daisy, F3," my son Archer says as we pull into our parking spot. Disneyland’s about to open and we've arrived, just the two of us, our last hoorah before school starts. *** The alarm goes off and I pull the pillow tightly over my head. My husband, Hal, offers to wake the kids so I roll over, fall back asleep until Archer's voice wakes me, this time for good. "Hi, Mommy. It's …
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With Both Hands Whenever I think of my mother, my mind flips to this story. Not to the whole story, but right to the middle of it, the worst moments of it. For me, that's where the story always starts. My mother was beating the hell out of me. The first few blows seemed to come from every direction as I grabbed my nightgown and pulled it over my head, not …
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Reasons to be Thankful By Robert Israel They scraped me off the street, my bicycle in a heap nearby, and ever so gingerly placed me on the gurney. A crowd of curious onlookers watched intently, thankful they were not being loaded onto the ambulance. The nurses at the hospital were calming as nurses are wont to be, and administered an intravenous tube of morphine, and soon everything around me became fuzzy and numb, and the …
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