Totes Adorbs

Take a little bit of poodle and add in some bichon. Mix together and you end up with my sweet, sweet, funny, sweet, thoroughly adorable Dexter. (Alert: when you hit play you’ll hear music.) Six Months of Dexter in 15 Seconds More gratuitous Dexter pics are just a click away ....more

One of My Shortest Posts Ever

I’m curating an online magazine called Open Adoption Matters, free to read on any of your devices. I hope you’ll subscribe. View my Flipboard Magazine ....more

5 Mental Health Takeaways from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out

As far back as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with how the mind works. In high school I wrote an essay on the subconscious and later I earned a degree in psychology in college. More recently, I started practicing yoga and meditation, as ways to bring the subconscious up to the conscious level on … Continue reading 5 Mental Health Takeaways from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out → The post 5 Mental Health Takeaways from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out appeared first on Lavender Luz ....more

I Tried to Communicate. She Got Hurt. Things Closed Down.

Last week’s Dear Lavvie question was from an adoptive mom wanting to open herself up for her daughter’s sake in spite of past hurts. This week we have a birth family member who wonders how to pry open a relationship with the adoptive family in light of a perceived hurt. Dear Lavvie: I am an … Continue reading I Tried to Communicate ....more

The Curious World of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS

What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders? — KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities Summer brings space for family activities. There are SO many other people and happenings vying for our tween’s and teen’s attention; it’s nice when we can entice them to be … Continue reading The Curious World of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS → The post The Curious World of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS appeared first on Lavender Luz ....more

How Can We Open Up Our Adoption When We’ve Been Hurt So?

Quesion from a reader asking for open adoption advice: We want an open adoption to avoid a future search for birth parents by our daughter one day, and we don’t want her to have to walk this path alone or to feel like she has to do it behind our backs or without our support. … Continue reading How Can We Open Up Our Adoption When We’ve Been Hurt So? → The post How Can We Open Up Our Adoption When We’ve Been Hurt So? ...more

Diving into Summer at Water World

The other day I took the kids and a friend each to Water World, a HUUUUGE water park just north of Denver that’s been serving families since I was a kid. It’s nice once in awhile to be the Cool Mom. Often I’m the task master, making sure that each summer day has a bit … Continue reading Diving into Summer at Water World → The post Diving into Summer at Water World appeared first on Lavender Luz ....more

Dear TX Senator Donna Campbell,

Let’s talk — adoptive mom to adoptive mom. I understand having fears about adoption and, by extension, fears about making changes in adoption law. Change can be scary ....more

The Launch of an Open Adoption Advice Column

Last week someone...more