Category Archives: Single Parent

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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Just Another Week…

This has been a good week, but an ordinary one in many respects. A great week of lessons with six new students… Tons of reading and research Basic house cleaning items 63-degree weather one day, 22-degrees the next day a … Continue reading

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…The King Has Left The Building…

The pure, the bright, the beautiful that stirred our hearts in youth The impulses to wordless prayer The streams of love and truth The longing after something lost The spirit’s longing cry The striving after better hopes These things can … Continue reading

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…Enter ANGELS, Stage-Right…

Since childhood I have always sensed energizing, protective, and unseen guiding presences in my life.  For several years a lovely lady visited me regularly during my sleep – or at least, what I thought was my sleep.  Today, at age … Continue reading

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Final Blog Entry for 2011…

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi Well, in 45 minutes the curtain will come down on 2011 and … 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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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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A New Weekend…

The deck is damp from last night’s rain showers, but the air is crisp, and cool at 68-degrees. The morning is beckoning those of us who have been besieged by the overwhelming heat and humidity of last week to come … 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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At The Zoo…

At 9:30am this morning, we were out the door and on our way to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. With a stop at Dollar General for sun tan lotion and Gator Aide, we were walking into the zoo at … Continue reading

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Cox Arboretum & Hiking

At Noon, Jose and I set out for the six mile jaunt to Cox Gardens & Arboretum on 741/Springboro Pike just north of the Dayton Mall. It is one of the many lovely metro parks throughout the Miami Valley, and … 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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Memorial Day, 2010 Style…

And the weekend continues… After leaving Wright State University’s production HELLO, DOLLY (see previous post), I chatted with Mother en route home. By 6:00pm, Jose and I were to two of our scheduled grad parties for Megan Weyrauch and Ryan … Continue reading

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Cougars, Coyotes & Cutters… Oh my…

I finished teaching this evening and asked Jose if he would like to go to Hothead Burrito for supper – of course, this met with a resounding, “yes!” On the way, Jose commented that he needed to get his hair … Continue reading

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Old River Park & Deeds Point

What a fun evening Jose and I shared at Old River Park and Deeds Point. At 6:00pm we pulled into Old River Park. The park first opened on June 3, 1939, for NCR employees and their families under the leadership … Continue reading

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