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The art of waiting

November 10, 2017

Have you mastered it? Because I certainly haven't! I am much better at it than I used to be. I can now successfully wait 90 seconds for a feeling to p...

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February 18, 2018

As I sit here, only a few days away from meeting our little one - our daughter - I cannot help but feel scared.

As I've mentioned in a previous post, worries and fear have been a constant companion throughout this journey. They were always with me, never leaving me alon...

February 17, 2018

Two panels within a month, two completely different experiences. Both successful, both unanimous approvals, yet the feelings during and after each one were completely different. 

Our approval panel took place on a dreary, grey and rainy morning in a dilapidated sports c...

January 10, 2018

Circle of light. What does this image conjure up for you? For me, cheesy as it may sound, it is what I felt and saw in my mind’s eye when we announced we were going to adopt. Why? Because of all the incredible support and love that came flooding in like warm rays of su...

January 9, 2018

During the adoption process, I have experienced a different set of worries at every stage. The reasons for these grow heavier as time passes, but during each moment, they always feel so huge, so crucial, no matter how small they seem in hindsight

There is one thing that...

December 14, 2017

I am not religious. I attended a few Church services growing up, but that was it. I do remember being jealous of my Catholic girlfriends, because they got to wear a lovely dress and get presents for their First Communion!

But now I feel a longing in a different sense. I...

December 14, 2017

Remember the post about feeling like a teenager in love with an emotionally unstable boy? I'd like to think that if our social worker was a boyfriend I was dating at 15, I would have dumped him by now. Sure, he is an absolutely lovely person, has the best intentions in...

November 29, 2017

Do you remember when you were a teenager and you had a huge crush on someone who was unattainable (and as you would later find out, not very good with their emotions)? The excitement, the butterflies, the happiness? But also the nerves, the doubt and the anxiety? That'...

November 16, 2017

Normal is such a powerful word. Entire societies and their norms are built around this word. It permeates even the most insignificant interactions. "Good morning, the weather today is not normal for July, wouldn't you say?","Could I please have a normal coffee?","I'll...

November 16, 2017

I am not sure how it is for other people, but discovering what I would like to be called when I become a parent has not been straightforward. I was born and raised in one country by a mother from a different nationality and a father from a third one. Three countries, t...

November 10, 2017

Have you mastered it? Because I certainly haven't! I am much better at it than I used to be. I can now successfully wait 90 seconds for a feeling to pass*, I can wait for more than 10 seconds before replying to an email, I can wait in a restaurant for 45 minutes for so...

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