Failed Placement

My dear cousins are experiencing the heartache of a failed placement for adoption. My cousin wrote about their experience here, and I was thrilled to see that they are choosing to not hate the birthmother. Clearly they are hurting, but that is no reason to hate. They are some of the kindest people I know, and will make the best parents. Please spread their information around, so that their family can grow.

I am mourning for their loss today, and my sweet little girl can tell. She asked me what was wrong, and not knowing how to explain everything so that she could understand, I simply said, “Grown up stuff.” It seemed to suffice, and we moved on with our day, but I have cried many times for them. I wish I lived closer, so that I could be there to support them. The thing that breaks my heart every time I think about it is what my aunt posted on facebook. “I rocked my baby girl today and we wept together.” I can only imagine how difficult it would be to watch my girls go through something so trying.

Adoption Fundraiser Recipes

My cousins, Andrea and Kyle, had an adoption fundraiser last Friday and Saturday.  It was a yard sale and a bake sale, so I made the Oatmeal Cranberry cookies with spelt flour instead of wheat flour and dark chocolate chips instead of cranberries.  I, also, made Lemon Blueberry Bread and Banana Bread.  I found both of the recipes on Pinterest, and didn’t change anything about them, so here are the links to those recipes.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Banana Bread

The Lemon Blueberry Bread is super delicious, and a full on sugar attack.  The Banana Bread does not have any sugar or oil in it.  Instead those are replaced with unsweetened applesauce and honey.  I hope you  enjoy them as much as I do.