• patellar subluxation

    she’s in the second period of her basketball game saturday morning.  she shoots, right at the buzzer.  she scores.  she falls.  she cries.  i run over.  she’s hurt.  she’s saying she cracked her knee.  some others have rushed over to aide us.  they feel her knee, push it around, see if she can bend her leg.  it all hurts, but they can’t feel anything wrong.  we take a seat.  they give us ice. she sits out the third period and joins her team for their half-time pep talk.  she reenters the game.  walks the court.  scores a few more shots.  we come home.  we ice it.  josh wraps it with…

  • special needs adoption

    when i hear the phrase ‘special needs adoption’, even though i know what it means, i immediately think of a situation where a child has a severe mental or physical disability.  and then i think about my kids and the fact that in the adoption world, they were considered special needs.  how did they qualify as special needs? they are a minority. they are a sibling group. they’re old.  or at least one of them was at the time they were placed for adoption. i know these things. know them.  yet, they still break my heart. we attended an informational meeting, for our second adoption, a few weeks ago at…