I started this blog to chronicle our family’s journey to adopt internationally from Kyrgyzstan. Blogging has led to much more than I expected and I’m glad. As an adult adoptee myself, I am excited to find so much great writing in fellow bloggers, particularly other adopting parents and trans-racial adoptees and first parents. I am learning more about myself in the process and for that I am ever more grateful.


13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jackie  |  August 31, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Hi Tina,

    Hope all is well with you. Michelle mentioned that I should talk to you about arrangements you might have made for your Isabel at the orphanage (before you came home). I would love to talk to you about what you did. Here’s my email: pipimaus@bellsouth.net Thanks so much. Jackie (Me Plus One blog)

  • 2. April Werner  |  January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been reading that some adoptive families are having trouble buying crafts from Kyrgyzstan in the U.S. We’ve been importing many beautiful Kyrgyz felt items for the past few years. Please visit our website and take a look. You can also call me at 800-639-4309. Thanks, April

  • 3. Susan  |  January 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Tina, I have an idea for supporting Judy but I can’t find your email here… please email me at susanATsusanitoDOTcom


  • 4. Hilary  |  February 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm


    I hadn’t checked your blog for a while, and then saw your comment to me on John’s blog. Whoa! Our girls don’t look anything alike do they? *wink* Certainly some similarities, and of course they are both precious and beautiful.


  • 5. bibomedia  |  March 4, 2008 at 8:24 am


  • 6. Suzi Adams  |  March 5, 2008 at 2:38 am

    I love reading your blog. Fairly new to the Kyrg adoption circle but am loving getting to know it, and your blog and links help a lot. We are kinda crunchy from the Bay Area too, first Petaluma and most recently San Francisco. Now we live in Bangkok and like it, but home is still the Bay Area. When I read your blog I am reminded how much I miss the like minded people from my home. We are just in the process of switching from a sad going nowhere Vietnam adoption, to Kyrgyzstan. I am hopeful it goes smoothly and we can meet all the bay area folks on a trip home. Thanks for your terrific blog! Suzi in Bangkok

  • 7. catherineanne  |  May 30, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Tina –
    I found your blog via the link on RQ – and I can’t even begin to tell you how much it resonates with me. Thank you.
    your Global Issues Start With Me post is just perfect – sums up everything I have been thinking and processing during my own long wait to adopt….the extra big picture of being an adoptee adopting in an imperfect world.

  • 8. Anne  |  June 8, 2008 at 11:35 am

    dear tina,

    i got the link to your blog from a friend of mine, who’s working for an ngo, called labrys, in kyrgystan. through her and her contacts my future husband and me ar hoping to arrange an adoption as you did.

    what i was hoping for, has been, to get more practical information from you, about the law about international adaoption in kygystan.

    we do live in berlin, germany and so i think we will have to consider the same rules as you did. we know about the law in germany and how to get an german adoption certificate but we have no clue about the situation in kyrgystan.

    it’d be really great to hear from you about the entire process and how to do it step by step. my e-mail would be: anneeggert@gmx.de.

    thank you very mauch.


  • 9. Debi  |  July 9, 2008 at 7:01 am

    SO how do I know you then…AT?? DebiP is me…love the blog..bookmarked….

  • 10. duello13  |  November 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I am glad I just found your blog! As an adoptiive Mom of a transracial daughter I am appreciative of all the support and communication out there. I just today finished reading Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul and it was so inspiring and fun!

  • 11. Nick  |  October 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I was curious what it would take to get a text link on your blog saying something like “Tungsten Wedding Bands” or “Tungsten Wedding Rings” with a hyperlink to our site (www.superiorweddingrings.com).  We are a relatively new company and we are currently trying to improve our page ranking on Google.  We operate on a small budget, and we would be more than willing to give you a tungsten ring from our site in exchange for a link.  Let me know if this would be something that you would be interested in.  Thanks for any help you can give us.
    Thank You
    Superior Wedding Rings

  • 12. Rick Gunn  |  March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi Tina.
    I was just doing some research for an article online for a story I’m writing about my journey to Kyrgyzstan several years ago and found that your using one of my photos on your blog/website.
    Techincally, I should bill you for use of my image. But in a attempt to be civil I will ask that you at least run a credit on the image: http://www.soulcycler.com
    Please let me know that you’ve gotten this. I’ll check in a weeks time to see if there’s been any progress.
    Rick Gunn

    • 13. imtina  |  June 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

      Which image is it?????


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