We’ll take the month…

From the archives, a family favorite

Adoption Month is a funny thing. You know, how every day is Mother’s Day, really.  So why do we set aside just one day? So, yes, I’ll take an entire month to celebrate openly, and with fanfare and intention the first best thing that ever happened to our family, adopting Sammy.

In honor of the month, I am looking to post more, praise many who are doing the good work, and highlight one of the most amazing new resources for adoptive families out there, Adoption Mosaic’s new magazine The Adoption Constellation that you can download FREE here! (No need to take my word for it-read it yourself-then subscribe to the print version!) Mama C readers will feel honored that they read one of the articles here first.

This month I hope to delve deeper both into my own unexamined, and deeply considered thoughts on the topic.I hope to include other voices, and viewpoints, and define with slightly more intention Mama C and the Boys.

In the meantime, a repost (below) from last year, just before I moved over to the sleek new format. Our Adoption Day anniversary is this Sunday (November 7th).  In honor of the event, and my family, I promised all of the above that I’d be computer free for an entire weekend.


Four years ago today
surrounded by our nearest and dearest
we filled the improvised chambers
of the probate court
at the Children’s Museum
to hear Sam’s-first-middle and last name
decreed with judicious officiousness.

Same name.

Same name.
Ours in the eyes of the state.

Looking down at your name all balanced out as it is-
On the Adoption Decree
one place where we now look so exactly alike.
Good thing type ink mostly comes in black.

To honor and remember
we went to the park the three of us.
And baby Dexter.
Marcel’s baby doll-
the one I gave Sam
to help him get used to the idea
of an imminent Marcel
is now Marcel’s my-baby-doll-Dexter
a reminder that family every day is about who we bring
into the fold
when we need them.

Who is there for us to love.

For dinner Sam came up with the menu:
baked beans and cake.
Then we invited upstairs Sarah and Jay,
and downstairs Uncle too.
For a potluck and a toast.
Sam invited one more friend who he thought
would want to celebrate impromptu.

Happy Adoption Month
to those who have cause to celebrate,
and to those who are rocking
their delicate and huge dreams in the wait.

Mama C    November, 2009


  1. It’s a funny month especially for those of use who blog about it and think about it a lot! Thanks for reminding me that I’ve been meaning to do some Adoption blogger shoutouts this month (and of course, YOU are on my list).

    Have a great computer-free weekend!

    Love the photo. Love the poem.

  2. Celebrating with, and for, your amazing family this month. We give thanks this month, and always, for friends like you who teach us about loving blindly. As accidental as it may be, your family has been a wonderful learning tool for Braden. I have been so blessed to have friends like your family to grow with!

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