Send a Huggies Ultra Hug to Adoption: Share the Love with a Selfie

Adoption Grants

  Yeah, I realize that it sounds a little odd to send a Huggies Snug n Dry diaper hug to an organization that I love, but it’s for a good cause. I promise! Huggies Snug and Dry Ultra is currently sponsoring the #UltraHug contest. Starting right this second until 6/25/15 you can nominate a cause that you… [Read More]

What makes a child “yours” or “mine” in adoption?

Adoption Finalization in Court | The R House

A couple of weeks ago, we finalized Norah’s adoption in court. This makes her legally a Redfern. It was a beautiful day that we shared with family, dear friends, and Norah’s biological family. They all joined us in the courtroom and then we shared a fancy lunch together at The Grand America and took photos…. [Read More]

Photos and the Adoption Profile


This fall we had a Funbooth session with Lindsay Ross. These sessions are low-stress, all black and white (no matching clothes required–if you’re into that), and super speedy. Translation: These sessions are perfect for families with small children. The photos were candid, real, and hilariously our family. I love them all. After she sent me the images, I… [Read More]

Is someone missing from our family?

The photo that changed my life.

One evening this summer–June to be exact–I was sitting on the couch flipping through my Instagram feed. Scrolling through, a photo stopped me dead in my tracks. My friend Carina posted about her adorable daughter’s reluctant entrance into her ballet class. I was overcome by the photo. My heart started racing and broke at the same time. This… [Read More]

Be Courageous | National Adoption Month

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

In years past, I’ve issued a challenge to my readers for National Adoption Month. It usually involved an increase of adoption content on social media …you know, to increase awareness. But, this year I am issuing a different kind of challenge. And I am super excited about it. The challenge is this: BE COURAGEOUS. There is so much… [Read More]

What Jean ValJean taught my husband about being an adoptive father.

Les Miserables and Adoption

A couple of months ago, I took my husband to see Les Miserables at a theater in-the-round. I’ve seen it on Broadway and was even been in a production while in college, but this was a whole different ballgame. There’s something incredible about an in-the-round experience. It’s so personal. My husband despises musicals with the… [Read More]

DNA, Leaning into Joy, Reasons for Placement, and Identical Magic | Round-up Editor's Picks

  As Editor-in-chief of, I have the privilege of reading almost all of the content that we publish. It’s so refreshing to read about different perspectives and experiences than my own all while being uplifted, inspired, and educated.   Every week, I am especially touched by a handful of articles that I find myself thinking… [Read More]