Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Shout Out to New Taiwan-On Readers

I've noticed lately that a lot of new names, faces, and locations have been frequenting the blog here lately and I hought I would take the opportunity to say hi! Our adoption journey-turned-adjusting-turned-life (how we see it) blog has definitely changed since post #1 back in June '07 and I've loved getting to know new peeps and read new experiences by opening things up a bit.

Comments are always welcome -- you can also follow me on twitter, facebook, linkedin digg, stumble upon, mybloglog and whatever social networking site I become fascinated with next -- or read my stuff on, where I'm the Supervising Producer.

If you have a blog and would like to be added to my blog roll, let me know in the comments. Or if there are any other cool blogs out there that I might not know about and would be interested in... let me know!

Also, I added a new poll to the sidebar today. I'm doing a little research to see if the decision to work or stay at home with kids is any different for those who give birth vs. adopt. If you're a mom, please take the poll. (SAHM = stay at home mom PT = part time and WAHM is work at home mom)


PS In case you forgot how insanely cute my daughter is... here she is before and after gymnastics class this morning.


Josh and Linda said...

I'm a working mom but my husband stays home. . . where do we fit in the poll? When he wanted to adopt a second time (to bring us to a total of 3 children under age 5 just like you), we realized the only way it could work was for one of us to stay home. Since I make more money (and would go nuts if I stayed home), it was an easy choice about who should stay home. Linda

lorabelle said...

Don't even make me go there! These surveys about this topic are never worded correctly and tick a lot of people off... If you don't believe me, take a look at my July post ( I think it was July) and read some of the comments. It is hard not to offend people on this topic... LOL....
Have fun, but I'm not voting!

Daria - Boutique Cafe said...

Aww I just love little Lucy! She's so stinkin' cute in these pics Jackie!

lorabelle said...

The post i was referring to was actually in August. Part I and Part II. Enjoy!
Oh, and Lucy's teeth are beautiful! Her smile is so pretty.

Maci Miller said...

She IS insanely cute! Love the pics, and thanks, because it looks like we made the blogroll. At least I noticed our blogs on the left side on your site. I love blogging and reading blogs and sharing our stories. The wait is so hard. The anticipation so great. Having other families out there that blog about it and share - their families, their stories, and themselves -it means so much. More than you can imagine. So thanks again for sharing with all of us!
Jen and Jeff

JackieMacD said...

Lora, I remember the post very well. :) This is not to tick people off. I was having a discussion with someone recently about the difference in the decision to stay at home vs work in biological and adoptive moms. Does adoption make a mother feel more strongly one way or another or less strongly... it was a fascinating discussion and I would like to write about it and I'm interested in hearing from people. It's that simple and anyone who takes it the wrong way is just misunderstanding. I can't take that personally.

JackieMacD said...

Linda, that's a great question. You would think I would've put SAHD in there since Jeff was sort of one for a year. He worked at night and I worked during the day. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jackie,
I'm a newly working adoptive mom (and voted as such) but was a SAHM for the first 3 yrs. our daughter was home.
We are now back in Taiwan to live, work and play so that your daughter can learn the language and enjoy the rich culture she was born into!
I have yet to start my own blog, but you can vist me on facebook if you like:)
Love your posts,
Roxanne Haapamaki

Anonymous said...

Jackie she is adorable. I can't believe how much she has grown. She looks so happy!

Rebecca Lily said...

Insanely cute is right!!

I'm off to vote... again. :)

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog from the Heartsent yahoo group. I adopted from China 3 1/2 years ago, and I am waiting for DD#2 (waiting for over 2 1/2 years and counting!!) I am a working mom, but I stayed at home for the first year after we adopted our daughter.
I do not have a blog, but I love reading your blog and other adoption blogs because this dreadfully long wait is killing me!!

Tisra said...

I voted, but now I feel like I need to clarify:

You know me and that I'm still in this ridiculous wait and not really an "adoptive mom" yet. I voted as bio/adopt SAHM. It felt like the right think since that's where my heart is. But, then I had this need to be honest and well.... blah, blah, blah. Interpret the results as you wish!

I know that even if we hadn't given birth to our kids, we would have opted to have one of us stay home- for us, it was the only choice and we began our marriage with that worked into our budget (living off one income) even though we had no intention of getting pregnant right away. Two years later, with our "unexpected blessing" in our arms, we knew that was God-given wisdom.

JackieMacD said...

Thanks for all the great comments! Do any of you have thoughts whether the decision to work or stay at home may possibly have differed due to adoption or birth? Also, adopt/birth aside, did you work or stay at home while one kid was young but not another? I'm curious about decisions that may/may not change based on varying situations at home.