Category Archives: Adoption

MIAGD: That Can of Potatoes

MIAGD: Make it a great day One of the most critical areas of being an adoptive parent is to help our damaged children begin, or continue with the healing process.  Sometimes, we never even make a dent in the can … Continue reading

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Endings… and beginnings…

This is a rather strange place to be. As Flyer, my dog of nearly twelve years, continues the dying process, I know this chapter of Flyer and Me is coming to a close.  I am also pondering the fact that … Continue reading

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Advocates: Teens in foster care need a place to belong

Wonderful article on teens in foster care… Advocates: Teens in foster care need a place to belong

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…Quintin featured in national adoption newsletter…

Quintin was featured in HEARTLINES, the national newsletter for The Adoption Exchange. Read the article here:  Heartlines Fall 2011  

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…A Fond Farewell…

As I write this while sitting up in bed at my hospital table used for working mostly late into the night, Logan snuggles next to me. This is a familiar sight, and the warmth of her fur next to me … Continue reading

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An interview with Derek Clark…. INCREDIBLE!

This is a “listen” for all of us… Derek Clark shared with Family By Design his triumphant life through 13 years of foster care and being declared mentally challenged to living the life of his dreams.  Derek now inspires and motivates foster … Continue reading

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Being Darin Haas means you are blessed to have Destin Haas as your brother!

Without going into detail, I can honestly say, “I am glad last week is behind me.” I truly value my younger brother, Destin, all the more, as a shining example of what our nation’s education needs in the leadership arena. … Continue reading

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My corner of the sky…

Everything has its season Everything has its time Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme Cats fit on the windowsill Children fit in the snow Why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go? … Continue reading

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Baby's First Christmas…

  I don’t know when I have had a more wonderful Christmas! Very early Friday morning, the boys, Flyer and I headed westward, arriving in Elwood at 11:00am. Jose and Mother followed Quintin and I, and by 12:30pm we were pulling … Continue reading

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Moving on…

It is 14-degrees, and the air has a brutal, bitter bite. I delivered Jose to his National Guard drill at 7:30am, and the sky was heavy with frost. Last night I taught a pre-adoption class at ACTION Adoption Services, and … Continue reading

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The Pepsi Generation gives way to the Cell Phone Generation

Once upon a time I was a part of The Pepsi Generation. Now, honestly, I have no idea what that meant, but as a young child, the commercials told me I belonged to this exclusive fraternity of young, vibrant individuals. … Continue reading

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Petroglyphs, Old Town & Zoo…

The adventure began at 9:00am this morning as we crossed to northwest Albuquerque to hike through Petroglyph National Park – a dead volcano with 6000 year old Native American drawings on the rocks. The two hours of hiking was so enjoyable, … Continue reading

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Went and climbed a mountain…

By the time I finished blogging, and uploading photos, it was 12:30am here in New Mexico. However, I was wide awake at 4:30am Ohio time (2:30am NM time). Around 9:00am Jose and I were fully stirring, and planning the day. … Continue reading

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Crossroads…

Since my days at Ball State University, I have always marveled at the many individual journeys that meet at particular crossroads throughout our lives. Crossroads are exciting! We never know when certain fellow travelers will cross our own path, joining … Continue reading

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An early Christmas…

At 3:45pm – Albuquerque time – I met my newest son, and Jose met his new brother. It is so amazing how three people – complete strangers – immediately merged as one family. Jose, Valerie (the adoption worker), and I … Continue reading

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Changes…

Today, the snow is gently falling here in Kettering for the first time. It seems as though the weather has officially changed into winter. This particular change seems in keeping with life in the Haasienda. Tomorrow morning at 0715 hours, … Continue reading

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A Day of Thanksgiving…

What an unusual, yet exciting year! I have received so many blessings this year, and I hope, as an individual, and fellow traveler on Planet Earth, that I have been able to be a blessing to others, as well. My … Continue reading

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Is anybody there…?

This week has been saddened by, yet, several more youth suicides due to bullying. Regardless the struggling youth’s issues, we adults – parents, teachers, neighbors, coaches, directors, youth leaders, etc. – need to take the lead in this universal epidemic to … Continue reading

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Band Camp, Wisdom Teeth, A Wedding & ACTION…

I think I passed three of the most enjoyable days of my summer! Thursday morning, I had a two hour lesson with one of my graduated seniors, Ryan Crouch, and as always, it was a great time – and tons … Continue reading

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We… Hold… These… Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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An evening at the oars…

I started my day by teaching two three-hour pre-adoptive classes at A.C.T.I.O.N. Adoption Services from 9:00am-4:00pm. I ran home, took a nap, and then drove the three of us up to Old River Park near the University of Dayton campus. … Continue reading

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Just a Wednesday…

Finally, the steamy, sticky, humidity has temporarily taken leave of The Miami Valley. Last evening’s thunderstorms, with a brilliant light show surrounding the entire Miami Valley, set the cooling-off into motion, and today we are blessed with a continue cool, … Continue reading

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Reunion with Mrs. Lincoln…

In 1986, while a student at Ball State University, I began writing a choral project on President Lincoln. Having been a fan of the 16th president since first grade this was a project I thoroughly enjoyed. For some reason, I … Continue reading

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Wednesday…

Yesterday was quite nice. It began at 2:30am when I woke after three hours of sleep – something I have experienced for several weeks. I returned to sleep around 5:00am and barely remember Jose coming in to tell me he … Continue reading

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Rainy days and Mondays…

Karen Carpenter said it best with… Since the early morning it has been a steady shower here in Kettering. The skies seem forbidden of allowing the faintest glimmer of sunshine through. Jose did a great job on cutting the lawn … Continue reading

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