Book Smarts: International Adoption Themed Children's Books
All Adoption Stories
Facts About Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Maggie's photo on a waiting child photolisting, that I responded to, created a burning desire in my heart to help other families, and the rest is Little Miracles International history! Maggie now attends college and is a part of a disability department that assists her to become the best she can be and to reach for her dreams. Her major is Digital Graphic Arts and she's become a serious student.
I have to admit, reading my journal entry below when I first saw and printed out her photo (we didn't blog in 1998) brought back some tears. I hope you can join with us and celebrate her 21 beautiful years, 16+ years home with us.
"I held her photo in my hand, this photo. I saw a little life thriving inside a body that had no control over her conditions. I imagined her rocking herself to sleep at night. I smelled the stench of the orphanage crowded with hundreds of children, and with too few caretakers to fully nurture my child. I watched her eat porridge and fight with other children for nourishment. I heard her calling from her crib in the dark night, saw her little hand reaching out to me "Mama, Mama!" I felt her in my arms, our hearts touching. Her name was Maria Magdalena Alexandru. She was surviving in a Romanian orphanage, where she had been most of her little life, and was available for adoption. She was my daughter."
Happy Birthday my sweet Maggie. I love you my first, my daughter. I love you more than you will ever know. This is the day we celebrate YOU. You will never know just how many families were brought together by this photo. You were the beginning of Little Miracles, and now you are 21 years old. ~ Love Mama.
P.S. I love you infinity.
On his personal blog about adoption, fatherhood, and lessons learned, WACAP CEO Greg Eubanks shares about the relationship he and his youngest son have been working to recreate. With his son’s permission, he offers a few thoughts, with hindsight and from
Learning about Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
A mother recounts meeting her daughter's Korean foster mom 11 years after her adoption.
Inhale slowly, then exhale and allow your mind to follow your path to its ultimate end
"There was no real reason for me to cry, but my body just acted in the moment, and the next thing I knew, I was crying,”
Avoiding the Pitfalls
Worth the Wait!