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What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

It's been over a year of blogging and during such I've sticked to my publishing schedule of two posts a week. Until these past weeks. What happened?! A lot happened. Most were good things, don't worry. I was just crazy busy and emotionally drained. I felt guilt about not updating my blog and I have… Continue reading What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

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Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

I am aware many of my readers are part, like myself, of multilingual families. Or, they are parents who know how a valuable asset a language can be and wonder if they should introduce one in their family. Again, adoptive parents who are considering cultivating their child's birth language. I am excited to share this… Continue reading Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

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Connection lost. Trying to reconnect.

I bet you've wondered if the blog (or I) have died, haven't you? Both are alive and kicking, simply holidays got in the way. This year my vacation meant limited internet access and little alone time. I have started the following post while away, but did not find any time to complete it. But now… Continue reading Connection lost. Trying to reconnect.

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Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

There is a common idea that becoming a parent automatically provides you with the ability to unconditionally love another human being. My personal experience and the world as I grew to see it collide with it. I believe we human beings are programmed to need love, yet quite suck at loving people how they deserve… Continue reading Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

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Learning to manage my expectations over my children

Expectations are powerful beliefs which can heavily influence our experience of reality. During the wait to become a parent, being it through birth or adoption, it's human to develop expectations about your future child. It's all part of the common daydreaming. It can be really tough to let go of the imaginary child and truly… Continue reading Learning to manage my expectations over my children

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Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

Adoption Conversations is back, after an unexpected break. Due to personal circumstances, I have to give up my regular schedule, but I intend to continue the podcast and hear more voices talking about adoption. Here for the first time I host the testimony of a father: Jesse, living in Finland like myself. Jesse's story is… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

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I do not want to live in fantasy motherland

E and I were driving back home the other day, when I had a moment of self-realisation. In the past years, in the last especially, I have been working hard on defining the mother I am and how it relates to the mother I want to be and to the mother I would like to… Continue reading I do not want to live in fantasy motherland

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Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion

Welcome to the latest episode of Adoption Conversations. This week's episode is longer than usual, yet I'm sure you will not regret it. I met Bridget on social media, where she is active and passionate for promoting adoptees' rights in United States. Bridget gave birth to her first daughter about forty years ago and she… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion

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The joy in adoption #adoptionilo

Next Monday will mark the start of a national campaign in Finland called adoptionilo, the joy in adoption. If you've been following me, you know I don't like to sugarcoat that adoption and loss go hand in hand. That's why I have started the podcast Adoption Conversations in the first place, and I feel there's… Continue reading The joy in adoption #adoptionilo

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Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke

The podcast is taking better and better shape, and I am humbled by the response I've got from the online community. Especially, I'm impressed and moved that many people -strangers, actually - are embracing the idea and are willing to share their most private stories with me and with my audience. I, for sure, am… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke