Category Archives: Bringing Annie Home

Happy Annie-versary

These two… what a journey they’ve had in their first year together as mother and daughter. How far they’ve come (literally and metaphorically)! I hardly recognize that skinny little kid with the mohawk anymore… It was the journey of three … Continue reading

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HBD2U, dear Annie

Look at you, celebrating your first American birthday, you and a gaggle of friends and relatives at a local bowling alley. (Can it get more American than that?) Because you, just turned 8 years old, have developed a love for … Continue reading

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Wishing for spring

I got to take a wonderfully restorative 3-mile walk last Sunday with these two lovelies under a bright blue sky through gorgeous, park-like green spaces in our capital city. It was not unlike the first walks we made with Annie in … Continue reading

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Annie update: a month at (her forever) home

I lie awake in a trundle bed next to Annie, listening for her in the dark. As she sleeps, she periodically cries out as if she’s hurting, and when I rise to look at her (as her mama does many … Continue reading

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To the Chinese mother…

…who gave up a daughter found under an overpass in Changsha, Hunan province, May 22, 2009 She will never know the name you gave her or the date you pushed her into the world, though deep in her cells she … Continue reading

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You’re never fully dressed without a smile

(21st in the Annie series) Sure, “Tomorrow” is one of her “Annie” songs, but it was not until I came home and looked at all the photos that I realized Annie’s real theme song might be this one. Just look … Continue reading

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Going home

  (#20 in the Annie series) I want to be one of those people on an airplane who plugs in earphones, clamps a U-shaped pillow around the back of their necks and dozes off instantly. Without even reclining the seat … Continue reading

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High tea

(#19 in the Annie series) I love when Nikki said, “We’re going to high tea at the Ritz Carlton,” that she really meant HIGH tea. Not just a fancy, three-tiers-of-goodies kind of tea, but on the 103rd floor of the … Continue reading

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Playing tourist

(#18 in the Annie series) So on this trip, in two-and-a-half weeks, we have experienced more forms of transportation than I have ridden on during any other fortnight in my life. By its end we will have traveled by: (big … Continue reading

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Annie goes swimming

(#17 in the Annie series) So in a previous life, at a high school pool in a galaxy far, far away, I had a several-summers-long career as a swimming instructor, lifeguard and synchronized swim team coach. I often tell people … Continue reading

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