Susanah & Gary Hope to Adopt

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I received an email last week that to had to share…
According a Wall Street Journal article from a couple weeks ago, successful international adoption of babies and children by Americans has hit a 30-year low, contributing (along with a number of other factors) to unprecedented difficulty, costs, and waiting times for American families hoping to adopt a baby, either internationally domestically. As a result, thousands of prospective adoptive parents have taken to social media in increasingly creative ways to help in their search for expectant mothers considering adoption.
Word-of-mouth and networking have become the greatest tools for families hoping to adopt, as the traditional route of agency adoption is now often fraught with exorbitant fees, increasingly lengthy waits, and fierce competition.
sue and gary adoption
It’s a story that needs to be shared, as millions of Americans are misinformed about the modern face of adoption, and the challenges and personal triumphs of families negotiating these uncharted waters. Susanah Doucet writes:
My husband and I are currently engaged in the domestic adoption process and have experienced these challenges first-hand as we endeavor to create a family. We considered both international and domestic adoption, but were warned repeatedly that “international adoption is basically over,” as one lawyer put it. And we’ve met dozens of other couples and singles in the same boat, sharing advice, encouragement, laughs, and tears along the way.

 

Last week, iHeart Radio’s WPOC in Baltimore featured Susanah and her husband Gary’s “hoping to adopt” music video >

Please join me in wishing this sweet couple all the best in their search. I hope the child meant for them finds them very soon, and I hope they’ll keep us all up-to-date on their journey!
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Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar

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Mason jar cookie gift

These DIY mason jar cookies make such a cute gift for friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and they’re great for the holidays! Take a look below for the Cowboy Cookies recipe, along with a printable recipe card that can be attached to the mason jar for the perfect gift.

Cowboy Cookies in a Mason Jar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Top 14 Christmas Cookies & Wine Pairings

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Vinepair recently produced a clever infographic that pairs America’s 14 Favorite Christmas Cookies with their perfect complementary wine! See the graphic below for their expert recommendations, along with links to some of my favorite recipe finds for each of the 14 most popular Christmas cookies.

Wine Pairings for Top 14 Christmas Cookies

Top 14 Christmas Cookie Recipes

  1. Butter Cookie Recipe
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Fudge Crinkles Recipe
  4. Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
  5. Italian Anise Cookie Recipe
  6. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe
  7. Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
  8. Shortbread Cookie Recipe
  9. Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
  10. Snowball Cookies Recipe
  11. Soft Molasses Cookie Recipe
  12. Sugar Cookie Recipe
  13. Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
  14. Whoopie Pie Cookie Recipe