50+ Mommy Chronicles: Deliriously Happy, and Doubt-Filled

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyShould I Still Have Mixed Emotions Five Years In? I was of sound mind and body when we adopted Johannah, now 5. I’d just turned 51 and my husband, 57. We were late bloomers, marrying four years earlier—a first marriage for both of us. We wanted a family, but the doctors said my eggs were done. Multiple attempts at IVF failed. So we considered the options and decided to pursue a domestic adoption. I reluctantly dyed my hair (to appeal …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Not From the Lens of My Upbringing

Posted on 04/25/2013 by |Vice President, Media Operations Support | Comments

Home & FamilyThree years into mommy-hood and each day I am learning more about myself. My own childhood upbringing certainly influenced me early on in the way I parented my 10-year old daughter, adopted from foster care. The reality is her childhood experiences are very different from mine. I had a solid family upbringing, raised as the eldest of three in a two parent family. My parents were supportive and encouraged me in all of my interests. Both working parents, my mom …

All In the Family Business

Posted on 12/1/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

WorkI probably couldn’t work with my mother. Don’t get me wrong, she’s one of the loves of my life. But at this point in her journey, she’s ready to do less. I’m the opposite, so I’d annoy her…lovingly so. It’s a different story for Ernestine and Chrystal Dailey, the mother-daughter team who started in 2009 via handmade marketplace I couldn’t wait to check out their hand-crafted all-occasion wreaths, since I’ve been dusting off the same tired one every December for …