Proud To Be

December 9th, 2011

nellieLast weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on my second, birth-first mom retreat. I am finding it difficult to talk about in it's wholeness, but the experience and what I can tell you is that I met some of the bravest women in this life.  From the get go, Friday night, I opened up to others for the first time in forever. No more faking the happiness I felt. While I was genuinely excited to go to the retreat, I was also struggling with feelings of self-worth and value, as well as shame. The shame was overwhelming, and for the first time in 6 years I shared my story to the fullest I have yet, with this group of women… [more]

I Made It! Speaking Engagement: OVER!

October 15th, 2007

I can count our panel at the conference as a success, I think. There were no fisticuffs between panel members or the audience, even though the topic turned to adoption language and ethical parties (always hot button topics) a few times. For the most part, people were listening and sharing (and laughing with one another, not at one another!). Even my Husband was vastly interested in what was being shared and we had a great talk over coffee afterwards. (Coffee! Without a two year old saying, "Hot! Hot!" It was an adult day out. Shocking!) I was the last of four to speak. Even though I went to college for broadcast communications and worked in the field before leaving to stay home with the above… [more]

Public Speaking on Adoption Issues

October 12th, 2007

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm speaking at the University of Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon. The conference, Encountering New Worlds of Adoption, actually started yesterday. However, due to a complicated pregnancy, I'll only be heading into Pittsburgh for my panel on Saturday afternoon. It helps when you're originally from the area, know how to get where you're going and have family to meet you at x-location and take your child back to The Farm. (Yes, after our panel, the Husband and I are heading back to The Farm to spend time with my parents. It just seems like a lovely fall day to me!) Again, I'm still a bundle of nerves. Of course, those nerves were put to the test last night! We have been moving… [more]

Concerned United Birthparents Wants YOU!

May 1st, 2007

Concerned United Birthparents (CUB ) is seeking proposals for their upcoming retreat in September. This year's retreat is being held at: Hamburger University and Hyatt Lodge Oakbrook, Illinois Sept. 28th- 30th 2007 Hamburger University, McDonald’s beautiful 88-acre corporate campus, is an ideal setting for CUB’s annual retreat this fall. Once again, CUB invites all members of the adoption triad and their significant others to meet with others who understand our common challenges. The CUB retreat theme has always been one of sharing and support and we are seeking proposals along these lines. Karen, previous adoption search blogger wrote a post about the upcoming CUB retreat that gives more details. She includes some history of the retreat site as well. Many triad members look… [more]

The Places and the People of 2006 – Part 1 – The Places

January 3rd, 2007

Still summing up the year 2006! Except for a yearly vacation with my husband, usually around the time of our anniversary, most of my travels now revolve around visiting my sons or adoption conferences. Last year, I attended more adoption conferences than ever before and throughly enjoyed learning and mingling with other triad members. The conferences: 1) Adoption: The Spiritual Journey for the Human Family Location: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York, NY. This conference was very special for me for a variety of reasons. It was held in a gorgeous historical stain-glass filled church in New York City. I am very enamored with historical old buildings and St. Bartholomews was a treat for me. Another reason this particular conference was such a treat for me was… [more]