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January 19, 2007



Oh no, you're *not* being a baby. I was very sad that there wasn't more excitement when I was pregnant with Noah. It's so exciting to be adding to your family in whichever way and I think it's absolutely natural that we want people to share that excitement. But it will be wonderful as you get closer and people begin to understand that there are real actual CHILDREN at the end of it all!!


First, let me say that I am so glad I have had the chance to be your "blog" friend for the last number of months. I have been excited about your adoption since the first email you sent me. You are also one of the few people I have TIRLed (Telephoned In Real Life - I just read that on another blog...ha!) from the blog world. I really enjoyed our conversation and always love chatting with you by email. It has been a pleasure to hear about the evolution of the process as you and Beckmann each came to new realizations and understandings. It will be REALLY great to see you as parents!! I would love to actually meet one day IRL. 8^)

Ok...now that I was nice, I have to tell you something. This is one BOLD post! Oh, people can get grumpy when it comes to religion. I am thrilled to hear you are going to give church a go. Parenthood made me look back to God too. I think He often uses new chapters in our lives to reach us in different ways. Frankly, I don't think God minds which building you show up in, just that you're hanging out with Him; and if it gives your kids a community to belong to and Beckmann a place to sing, it's all the better. Most "Christians" probably won't share your openness to other religions though. I grew up rather disenchanted by my church as well (Episcopalian w/ years of Catholic school thrown in). I did a ton of searching and learning. There is a lot of good out there; even in the "non-Christian" faiths. That is an opinion I share with my husband, but not one that most of my fellow church members would probably feel comfortable with. That's OK. Anyway, you most likely already knew this, but I thought I'd give you a heads up just in case.


I highly recommend the book "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller and "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott. I think you'd really like Lamott. Both books really changed my paradigm towards Christianity.

Any luck with posting the Craft button? You could always go to my blog then "View" in your top browser tabs. Under "View" click on "Page Source" and you can read my html for my page.

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