About my family and this blog

You’ve checked out my ABOUT ME page, right? Well, here’s the page that really matters!

These are my kids:

They don’t usually wear Pirate Costumes. Usually.

Vietnam, December 2007

They’re the reason for the blog name — A(n) (un)Common Family. ‘Cause we’re a family like so many others — a mom, a dad and a son and a daughter — but we’re not just like everyone else. Our family was created through international adoption.

My children up there were born in Ethiopia and Vietnam and came home to us as older infants — my son was ten months old and my daughter eight months old. Each lived in an orphanage before they came to us. They are the reason I began blogging in January of 2008. Actually, my son was the reason. I blogged my way through an incredibly difficult and amazing journey. The friends I made and the support network I developed as a result made the impossible… possible. And when we adopted a second time, I once again used my blog as a way to work through the struggles and triumphs.

Ethiopia, April 2009

I’ve shared parts of their stories here — over four years’ worth are in the archives, but the older they get, the less of those I share. Other parts are theirs alone. And there are parts I will continue to share – minus the personal details – like our discussions about their first families, our decisions to look for their families, their questions and my (and my husband’s) efforts to do out best to be the kind of (adoptive) parents they deserve – ones who are open and honest, holding nothing back but delivering it all in an age-appropriate manner.

Adoption is a wonderful thing… and it’s a very difficult thing. It involves gains and losses, both at the same time and separately. You’ll find that when I write about my children in relation to adoption, I’m very honest and I do not sugar coat. A “best quality” and “character flaw” — it applies to many areas of m life.

I am fiercely protective of my children. I love them more than anything in this world. They are special, unique, talented, intelligent, kind, compassionate and loving. I am so proud of them it hurts.

We are a humorous and sarcastic family. Sometimes, you just have to laugh. And we do. Often.

Blogging began as a way for me to connect to other adoptive parents, to meet people who were “like us,” to know that our struggles — although some of them very extreme — were “normal” for some families, to vent, to cry and to learn. Just when we thought we had the hang of parenting and adoption and adjustment, we did it again. And I literally started over.

Four-and-a-half years after first forming our family, blogging is now a way to talk about adoption, parenting, life, humor, current events, stupid stories that mean nothing…sort of whatever rolls into my head.

Ed, Mattix and Molley

I’m married to my best friend — I introduced him on my page. He’s an amazing dad and a great husband. If you were to go shopping at the Daddy for Your Kids store, you could only hope they would have one of him in stock.

Have any more questions? Feel free to email me! Laura (at) AnUnCommonFamily (dot) Com

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Virginia April 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hi! Just visiting. Nice to “meet you” guys and the completely gorgeous family.


Tori September 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

I agree with Virginia, your kids are gorgeous! Love your blog. <3


Laura September 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Tank you so much, Tori!!


Maureen December 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

Got caught up in reading this after posting a link to your blog on FB. I just love you. That is all.


Joy August 25, 2013 at 9:17 am

Beautiful family.


Caroline September 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

Beautiful family Laura…I have utmost respect for all the adoptive parents out there. It is incredibly generous of you and your hubby to share your love with those two lovely kids. They are lucky to have such an amazing mom like you. God bless!


Dianne November 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

What a beautiful family; and your children are absolutely adorable. I’m really enjoying reading your blog also!


Laura November 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thank you so much, Dianne!! I really appreciate it!


Pam Carrie March 8, 2014 at 12:01 am

I loved reading your blog about your beautiful family. I am a grandmother of four. Pam


Laura March 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Thanks so much, Pam!!


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