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I woke up that morning paralyzed by fear and dread. It had been just under two months since my then foster daughter had moved into our house -- two intense months that had turned my life upside down. Two months of her almost-daily meltdowns: I'd been physically attacked; I'd been called a "f**king b**ch." I'd watched my biological daughter transform from a happy, open child, excited about getting a new sister, to an angry, cornered animal who believed her life had been ruined by the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Hawkes on May 5, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments
A few days ago, Erica wrote the following in a post about her toddler: "Tornado Tyler has taught me life doesn't always turn out the way you thought it would, it can be better than you ever imagined." That put me in mind of something I wrote some years ago. Actually, I wrote it when I myself was the mother of a toddler, and though my daughter doesn't appear in the piece, the messiness and unpredictability that swirls around young children was certainly a part of my life at that…Continue
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Somewhere inside of me is the skinny runner I used to be -- the one who could run a mile in close to 5 minutes, who for a short time in college ran 70 miles a week, and who completed the Boston Marathon.... Read the full post at Love Is Not a Pie.
Added by Rebecca Hawkes on September 5, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments
My daughters are 10-years-old, and my husband and I still do a fairly elaborate bedtime routine with them involving reading, cuddling, and a lot of talking and listening.... Read full post at Love Is Not a Pie.
Added by Rebecca Hawkes on September 4, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments
People often ask me why I decided to adopt from foster care. As with so many things in life, there is no one simple answer. My husband and I had a desire to grow our family and a vague awareness that there was a need for parents to adopt older children ... Read the full post at Love Is Not a Pie
Added by Rebecca Hawkes on September 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments