Sunday, November 1, 2015

Whatever Happened to Rebecca Hawkes?

Do you remember her? She used to blog and tweet all kinds of things about adoption, and then she just disappeared.

Yeah, It happens. Sometimes life just moves along a little too quickly, and all we can do is hold on for the ride.

In August of 2014, two major changes took place in my life. 1) I left a career of 20+ years to take a new job in a completely different field. 2) Our household expanded to include a third teenaged daughter.

I don't want to say too much about either of these developments publicly, but here's the short version: The job involves working with families in a strength-based way, and I'm enjoying it a lot. Our new daughter is a kinship placement from a disrupted adoption. Her placement with us has resulted in the reunification of two biological siblings who had been separated for years. Legally, we are still in limbo, but I am thrilled to have her here with us.

I am blessed in many ways. I enjoy my work and love my family. I considered it a privilege to share my home with all three of my smart, talented, beautiful daughters. But with all change, there is a period of adjustment. I am just now beginning to get my bearings again. I've also been dealing with some non-life-threatening-but-annoying health challenges and, recently, the loss of a close friend. All of which is to say, I've been absent here, but fully present in the swirl of life out there beyond the Interwebs. (For one thing, the three smart, talented, beautiful daughters are involved in many activities that require transportation from mom!)

You'll be hearing more from me this month though. Yes, that's right. It's that time of year again: National Adoption Month. Like many adoptees, I used to dread this month, but the emergence of the #flipthescript movement makes November so much fun! I couldn't stay away.

I'll be posting tomorrow at the Lost Daughters blog and facilitating a Round Table discussion there later in the month. And, of course, I'll be reading what others are writing in respond to the second annual #flipthescript prompts.

To my adoptee and adoptee-ally friends, I've missed you! I'm looking forward to raising the dialogue of adoption issues with you this month.

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