It was grueling. It was the all important year. Why? Because, in NYC, your choice for high schools runs the length of the five boroughs. Yes, the entire city is what you get to choose from. So the competition for the good seats is stiff. There is no zoned school. We have an application where we […]
Eight years of Hebrew School. Three years of Junior Congregation attendance. June 18, 2016 was the Bar Mitzvah, Haftorah Naso! The dads could not be prouder. Even the Catholic dad. He was just as much a part of the process as I was. He attended Saturday services to support our son as much as me, […]
The adoption process was almost at its end. We were working with a birth mother in Arizona and we had a date set for her caesarean section. As a Jewish man, I knew I wanted my child to be Jewish so I started the research and found someone to do the ritual circumcision that is […]
I remember everything like it was yesterday. I remember the first time the birth mother called us on the phone, as my friend was driving us to my parents house for Passover. I remember the birth mom calling and saying she had seen some blood in her urine and why didn’t we get ready to […]
(Updated from an earlier post from 2012! There is a fairy above our heads in the picture above, but no pun was intended!) When you are in a same sex marriage with an adopted son, this is a question that is bound to come up. I have not read the books and I don’t know […]
Paul Smiles is any excuse for this proud dad to post pictures of his son!
November is National Adoption Month With November being National Adoption Month, I have decided to share my story with my readers. In the above photo – that is our son! At his one year birthday party! Or mini wedding if you saw the size and scope of it, but that is how it was done […]
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Our son is 4 days old! And growing! Here we are in Phoenix, Arizona, and zombie-like! I had brought a collection of different kinds of power bar type foodstuffs and had to remind my spouse to eat periodically.And to all the other parents, remember the child wakes up every 3 hours through the night, to […]
THE BABY! We raced back to maternity and they quickly put me in scrubs (needless to say I saved those and used them as my Halloween costume for several years!). They explained that since the birth mom had come in the day before unexpectedly she was not on the schedule. Thankfully we made it, we […]
April, 2003, our 2 weeks of $10,000 worth of newspaper ads began. These ads went into local papers and pennysavers, not major metropolitan newspapers. There was no response for the first 4 days. Some of the ads went into weekly publications so we were told they would sit in peoples house’s for a week and […]
Adoption How To: 1. Try to join a support group in your area. 2. Consider an agency or foster care/foster adopt. 3. Interview adoption lawyers. 4. Interview social workers. 5. Referrals for any of the above is always helpful. 6. Do not be intimidated by the process, don’t give up! How we did it: 1. […]