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]

A reminder to keep your open adoption promises.

  Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Ken Garff Honda of Orem. I was compensated for it, but the opinions expressed are all my own. I love these guys so much. In fact, just mention my blog and it will get you $500 off any car purchase (new, used, trade in, lease, etc.) at Ken… [Read More]

Live Reading of Jackson’s Story [Video] | Listen to Your Mother

Listen to Your Mother Utah

This spring I auditioned and participated in Listen to Your Mother. It was one of the coolest things I have done for myself. In front of the live audience, I read a short version of Jackson’s birth and adoption story and let myself become emotional. (I don’t always let myself do that.) Can I share… [Read More]

Sitting next to the baby.

When is the last time you sat in the back seat? Usually, I am driving or riding shotgun. But, my parents wanted to test drive my car so I hopped in the back seat and sat next to the cutest 9 month old in all the land. I just stared at him and he stared… [Read More]