I am honored to have been asked to be a “posting participant” in the Virtual Book Tour for The Gift of Giving Life. When I first heard about The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth, I brushed it aside, simply because of the mounting list of books I wanted […]

Waiting for Abbey and Reading The Gift of Giving Life

This time of year, our souls beg to be examined, nurtured and validated. In essence, fed. In 2006, I crafted my first version of Permission to Shine (which at that time was subtitled, The Art of Being Beautiful) with a burning in my heart to give good women the go-ahead to beautify and nurture their […]


This picture displays beautifully why I should trust in the wild, sweet and unknown future of my 14 year-old daughter. Why I should place my confidence in such a beautiful “free spirit” She who seems unable to be tamed. She who wont pick up her things, stays up too late, sometimes back-talks, loves everything loud, […]

The Untamed Heart of My Daughter

This was no ordinary adoption.The phraseordinary adoption,in and of itself, is an oxymoron (what adoption is ordinary?) but this story our story really is a rare and precious miracle. The miracle did not lie just in receiving a new baby, although that, to me, was the sweetest part. There is so much more, so many […]

Finally Here: My Son Eli’s Adoption Story

I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 with my family over the weekend. It was crazy and cute … I loved the emphasis on finding inner peace and its tie-in to self realization. Jeff and I have pretty much decided that if our children (now in their tweens and early teens) left our home with no […]

How Can We Teach Our Children to Find Peace?

Following is my favorite poem, “The Invitation” by Oriah. Hadn’t read it in awhile, then picked it back up this afternoon as certain phrases fromkept ruminating in mybusy head… It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting […]

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