Sunday, April 18, 2010

Closing Up & Moving Forward

This blog is going private.
I personally despise private blogs, but feel it's necessary for reasons that I know you to will understand. I've got a lot going on and a lot to say, but it just isn't going to happen here.
I have felt choked for quite some time with what not to say on this site and can't deal with it anymore. I've decided that I am a blogger at heart and love to throw my thoughts out there for no good reason. It's not only a place where I dump my brain, but it's also a place where I learn, laugh and enjoy. I really do cherish all the opinions in blog world and hope to see you all soon!
So unless you live in my neighborhood, please feel free to email me for the info at:

75 comments:

Diana said...

I would love to follow but I understand if you want to keep it to just people you actually "know"..
Best of luck with your changes you have going on!!!

t~ said...

That's not it at all Diana, in fact, I much prefer the world of the unknown;0) I hated making this decision, but felt it was the only way to ditch a few people that I do know in real life.

I'll be sending the info out soon
=0)

brenda said...

hi, I was sad to hear you are going private. I came across your blog a couple weeks ago, and have enjoyed following your beautiful family. I have 2 adopted AA girls . We lived in Florida for a few years. LOVE it. MISS IT> Love seeing your pictures of paradise. Good luck to you.

Gale said...

Sad to hear this, but I understand completely. I have followed your entire journey to Eme...what a blessing to witness the love you have for her. Best of luck and all the happiness in the world.
~Gale

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog a while back and have been lurking ever since! I totally understand your need for privacy. But want to say I have learned a lot about adoption from you, and you have given me things to consider that I really never thought about. That's a good thing!

Best of luck to you all!
-karol

brenda said...

sorry I forgot to add, I am not sure if you know but you can get your blog put in a book form, My sister just had 6 years put in a book. What a wonderful keepsake for eme when she is older and a valuable keepsake for your family for future generations. P.S> your little weston is adorable he should model for gap. best wishes brenda

Shari U said...

Aw, shucks I'll miss you! You have one of the very best blogs, I love when you have a new post, you just always have something interesting to say. Best wishes to you and your family in the future.

Marie said...

This is one of my favorite blogs, and it breaks my heart that I won't be able to read it any more. Would you allow subscribers? Alison (Mali's mom) will vouch for me, I think. She and I were in China together in '06. But if this is not possible, I respect your decision. Hugs to you.

t~ said...

Just send me your email, I'm only weeding out the old BOD that might have gotten a hold of this blog address=0)

It's not about me knowing you, it's about not wanting those miserable people to know anything about my life.

Anonymous said...

Seems like I've been following your blog for ever..sad to see it go...Thinking back I found you through a friend of Colleen's when she was adopting...her daughter will soon be 5 years old...that long ago! Good luck with your family...I've loved following your journey to finally hold your precious Eme...G, C and W also Rock!

Nancy in MA

Cori said...

I have followed since you got Emerson's referral and would love to keep following if you feel comfortable.

The Stuckey's said...

I have been following you since your little one came home. I truly can understand going private but would love to continue to follow you, but would understand if I can not.

Ashley
agstuckey@yahoo.com

trish h. said...

Hey T,

I have loved following your blog all these years ~ I'd love to continue but understand if you want to keep it to just close friends. let me know.

tricia from de
friends of c and travel group with c's friend d
cthogan@verizon.net

Shari U said...

I'm definitely not on the BOD.

shari.dally.ulrich@gmail.com

Lindsay said...

I thought your decision must be to do with your whack-job BOD (Bordering on Demented??) Hope we can still follow along

hannahjs.house @ gmail. com

Joanne said...

Wow, I feel like I've been reading you forever! As you know I made the Private decision a while ago...I actually couldn't stand other people knowing all about my life and not knowing what they were up to (neighbors, I mean) I like being private and I think you will too!
P.S. I would love an invite:)

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear you are going private, I have enjoyed your blog for sometime. let me know if you go public again.
Penny in PA
piney@npacc.net
Mom to Ciara Jiangxi and Caelyn Guangxi

Debi said...

I would love to continue following along. We also have an Emerson (Emme) who is 4 1/2. She is from BeiHai, Guanxi Province.

dlmoinet@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hello, I too have been reading your blog forever. We are Buckeye fans, (from ohio), lived in West Palm for 16 yrs and are now in Columbia MO due to hubby's job. Your an awesome mother doing wonders with your daughter. It's been a joy following you on your journey. But understand your privacy need. I sure don't miss the old farts from our old home owners associations.
Jen
gwtwjen@aol.com

~Kristen said...

Well it goes without saying that I want the link....

I'm sad for you that they have invaded your private lives the way that they have... But glad that you are taking things into your own hands to make them go away.

XOXO

Jennifer and Mike said...

I would love to keep following your blog as well! LOVE IT! Have never commented,just a lurker. We have a 3 almost 4 year old from QianJiang, China. Started following you once we got home from China!

Good luck!

Jennifer@sedarishardwoodfloors.com

Briana's Mom said...

You know I'm still going to follow you when you a private! I totally get why you need to do this. Hugs to you...

Peggy said...

Hi, Tracy~
I LOVE your blog and have been reading it for several years. Your voice will be missed in the adoption world. I have one 7 year old daughter from Hunan and have been waiting 3 years so far for her sister, Emerson Anne. I understand your need for privacy but would love the link to continue following.
Good luck!
Peggy

elizabeth said...

Is it okay to post our e-mail address here? Mine is lars1652@umn.edu and I'd like to keep following =)

Elizabeth

t~ said...

Peggy, I need your email =0)

Peggy said...

Hi, T~
My email addy is hugse89@yahoo.com
Thanks!
Peggy

Kathryn said...

Hi T~
I just adore your blog and have been following you for what seems like forever! My husband and I (and our 2 boys!) were LID 3/24/06 & brought home our sweet Jiangxi girl on 11/05/09! Your blog has been such a source of information and inspiration these past months. Your Eme is absolutely beautiful - you are a wonderful mom.
Would love to continue following you.
Blessings,
Kathryn sophieblog09@gmail.com

Randi said...

I have been reading your blog forever. We were LID just a few weeks before you. I found your blog because we have some friends in common. I would love to keep reading your blog, but totally understand you trying to keep things more private.

Randi in GA
rdarnett@bellsouth.net

Jennifer said...

I've been reading your blog for quite some time back when you had the other one. I would love to keep reading.
Jennifer
Nancykfan2@aol.com

Linda and David said...

Hey, Pug Mama was our secret pal on our agency's group list (& she rocks!)& I found your blog through hers & have followed it ever since! I would love to continue to hear how Eme is doing. She reminds me alot of our Micalee (home since 8/09) & I have learned alot from your experiences. Our email address is: waiting4micalee@bellsouth.net

Linda

Colleen said...

Hi Tracy, I started following your blog about a year ago and was honored to follow you on your journey to Eme. Thank you for sharing this with us. Many of your experiences you are going through with Eme right now brings back so many memories for me with my daughter Faith who is now almost 7. I would love to be able to continue keeping up with your fun and loving family...if you are accepting invites.
All the best to you!!!
~Colleen
millersdc@hotmail.com

Erin said...

I found you through your twin Colleen. I started reading your blog right before Colleen got Hannah's referral. I have really enjoyed following your journey and hope to continue (although I do miss your old blog)!!
-Erin
montgomery432@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

Found your blog about a year ago when following the blog of a very close friend who also adopted at the same time. You all traveled together and your blog was on her list. I enjoy reading your posts and think you are an incredible mom with a wonderful family! But, I understand your need to go private. Best of luck to all of you. I will send you my email but again, I understand if you would rather keep it to those you know.
Take care!
Heidi~ from MD

Sarah said...

I have been following your blog (and the one before this) since about 2007, and would love to be able to continue to check in on beautiful Eme! My Emmy is 14 months old and my husband I plan to adopt from China after we turn 30 (if the program speeds up a bit that is).
Sarah
sarahgulsvig@hotmail.com

Carmen said...

Hi T,
I´ve been reading your blog for a looooong time.
I would like to continue but I can understand your decision.
All the best for you and your pretty family.
Carmen.
tolosa26@hotmail.com

Melinda said...

I would love to continue to follow your blog. I have been following your blog since you were waiting for sweet Eme. I would like to continue to follow along if you would allow me to but if not I completely understand.

~Melinda
dmptrsn@hotmail.com
www.miamakes6.blogspot.com

Island Girl said...

Dear T,

I sent you and email already but again wanted to Thank-You for you blog. It has been wonderful.

Bobbie

ryann50@hotmail.com

Ruby said...

I would love to keep following your blog as well!

Ruby
alexa1284@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since just before you came home from China. We are waiting for our referral, LID 5-16-06. I have learned so much from your blog and would love to be able to continue reading it. However, I understand if you wish to keep it private.
Barbara
allpraiseforhim @ hotmail.com

Renee said...

T - I have been reading your blog for sometime and Love it. You are an amazing Mom. I would love to keep following along.

reneen0926@aol.com

Thanks,
Renee N.

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

I just sent you an email. Hope to keep following along.

Lori

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since your referral. Like you, I have 3 bios kids and a sweet little Jiangxi girl. I really learned a lot about adoption from you and would love to continue following your journey.

All the best,

Isabelle
isabelleb48@hotmail.com

LaLa said...

Well I am not on your BOD (have enough issues with my own) so I would love to keep following along : )

titanlala@yahoo.com

Cheryl said...

I have been following your blog for a few years now and never commented. I hope all goes well with your family. I would to continue reading your blog and but understand why you are going private. my email is mepigeon@comcast.net

Colleen said...

I completely understand going private...thinking about it myself lately...I do enjoy your blog...you daughter is adorable!!! I wish you much luck and hope that weeding out those evil's with horns makes for a much more fun blog for you!!! : ) This is your blog and you should be able to say what ever you feel...Be happy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi T! Sorry to hear youre going private...I have enjoyed following your blog for the last few years> You tell such a good "story"!! If its ok , my email is deebienicholson4@btinternet.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry just read the email address back..should be debbienicholson4@btinternet.com. SORRY!!!!

Tonya said...

Hello, I have been reading your blog since before your sweet Emerson came home but have never commented. I understand your need to go private, but would love to continue following along on your journey, if possible (if not I completely understand).

I am praying and strongly considering single parent adoption, and have learned so much from you.
My email addy is teachn18@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to follow. Certainly not a BOD person!!

-karol
akm_nc@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am going to ask you something, and I want to apologize in advance because I am sure that it's going to make you angry, and that's not my intent. How does an adoptive parent know when a child is displaying developmental concerns, whether the concerns were due to their pasts in institutions OR not? There is such a rise, world wide, in developmental concerns such as sensory integration, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders etc. in every country, .....how does one know?? I suppose parental instinct...

Tracie said...

So bummed your blog is going private. Your spunk, passion and willingness to say what is on your mind has kept me coming back for some time. Your willingness to discuss the hard things is refreshing. Take care.

Tracie
traciedelapena@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Hi T-
Love reading your blog, I'm up here in Tampa so I can relate to alot....also mom to 3 bio kiddies and my little girl from Jiangxi.
pmhuxhold@gmail.com
Thanks,Michelle

The Princess's Mommy said...

Delurking to say I would love to be able to follow along, too. Totally understand about the going private!

Blessings,
Monica

The Princess's Mommy said...

Oops..forgot my email:
sc19045@charter.net

Thanks!

t~ said...

Anon,
You didn't anger me at all, in fact, it's a very legit question that me and my friend discuss frequently. Sometimes it's hard to shake out the 2 year old brat out of the institutionalized child....so how does one parent know? Here's my thoughts...there are typical behaviors in all 2 year olds, 3,4, etc, but when you are an adoptive parent of an institutionalized child, you should always err on the side of caution. Why take a risk in parenting when you really don't know versus being safe?

I have to expect that my daughter missed some major milestones developmentlly, emotionally, physically and neurologically while she spent 15 months in a sitting up position. To treat her as if she was 'normal' would be taking a risky chance on her future in all those areas. It is a mothers instinct, but it's also a called education.

Kristi said...

Eme is a sweetie pie and I will miss following along. Of course, my blog is private so I completely understand. Best wishes to you and your family; you seem like a very nice bunch.

Alexa said...

Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed following your story for the past year. I'm in the process of becoming a mom through foster care/adoption and I have learned so much by reading blogs like yours. Take care and enjoy that gorgeous family!

Sandra
chelsealassie@yahoo.com

Stacie said...

I am heartbroken to see it going private, but because I have fallen in love with those precious faces on here, I completely agree with your decision. (Especially considering the prying eyes of those you might have conflict with!)

I would love to still follow, and I will also send you an email myself!
<3
Stacie
saustin@uga.edu or sauga@ymail.com

Gretchen said...

I would love to keep following (although I'm a very infrequent lurker lately). I enjoy your humor and honesty at the issues adoptive families face. And, since I'm solidly in the midwest, I vicariously live a sunnier and beachier life when I read your blog! :)

Gretchen
fricke92@yahoo.com

kris said...

So sorry you have to go private. I have been reading since before your sweet Eme arrived. I would love to continue but do understand if that isn't the direction you want to head in. I wish you all the best and hope to continue reading your journey. Take care!
Kris kalinock6@msn.com

Tracee said...

I don't blame you for going private. I won't ask to follow along because you don't know me from Adam. Just know that it has been an honor following your journey and brought back so many memories of our journey to our Lilly. She just turned 8 last week and I can't believe she's grown up so fast. She was 7 months when she came home. I will always wonder how y'all are doing...so blessings to all of you!

Ouiser Wannabe said...

Long time lurker that would love to follow your journey. I just started my own blog because I'm too lazy to keep a diary but on the computer enough that this is something I can commit to. My email is amcmull@yahoo.com.

Barb said...

I have followed your blog thru your adoption and would love to continue. It is refreshing to see your honesty. And i love looking at the pictures of your "paradise". It is a little different than Kansas! My email is barb.schmitz@sbcglobal.net

meme said...

Hi I am you Kentucky Friend and have been following you ever since my friend adopted her little angel.
I would love to continue to follow your beautiful family - Linda
meme.1@insightbb.com

Julie said...

I have loved your blog, your photos and the joys and troubles you have shared. I would love to be included but understand if you only want a select few. Blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

I love following your blog. We have two precious angel from China. I understand if you are limiting your request.
Blessings to all your family.

Green14494@yahoo.com

K said...

We were in china at the same time May 2009 and quickly met you one day. We would love to follow your blog when you make the switch.
Kam528@sbcglobal.net

Football & Fried Rice said...

I found you years ago. Laughed with you, cried with you & rejoiced when {we} finally saw that sweet face for the first time! I am so happy for your precious family & pray that things continue to go so well for Miss Emerson Grace and her big brothers!

snekcip said...

would love to continue to follow your blog dpickens_42@yahoo.com

melissa said...

I would love to be added to yoour new blog, if it has been created! I love reading about how you handle the tough parenting issues we are all presented with!

Melissa
the4morans@aol.com

cougchick said...

Love your blog, Tracy. I just had to do some housecleaning on FB for some local hometown lurkers that I didn't need. I hope I can continue to watch your beautiful family grow.

Karen and Bob said...

Sent an email, but never heard back. I hope to be added to your new blog.

Thanks!
Karen
karenmb@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Eme and I think you're an awesome mom. I'd love to continue to follow your family's adventures in paradise...alicebors@hotmail.com

The Mali Chronicles said...

Would love to come along....

Lisa
operationtigerlily07@yahoo.com

Donna -N- Andrew said...

Luv your blog and would like to still follow along.
Donna
deewee1963@gmail.com