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three little birds

This blog chronicles the life of a single mama living on an island in Alaska and all the adventures involved in her family growing from two to three through international adoption!

Alaskan Single Mama is a winner of Top 25 Single Moms - 2013

What's the biggest misconception people have about single parenting?

I have struggled with the misconception that my boys are somehow less off or disadvantaged in some way because they do not come from a two parent home. I have felt first hand prejudice against me and my family because I am a single mother and most discouragingly prejudice from the school system and my children's teachers. I resent the assumption that single parent households are in some way less than two parent households and would even suggest that a happy, functioning single parent household can be a healthier place for a child than an unhappy, dysfunctional two parent home.

What's the most rewarding thing about being a single parent?

I share a very special and very rewarding bond with my two boys, with lots of affection and great open communication, that I think is due at least in part to the fact that I am their only parent.

What's the most important thing being a single parent has taught you?

I have learned so much from being a single mother for the past 10+ years. I have learned to rely on myself. I have learned to patch drywall, change a tire, bake a pie, sew a halloween costume, run a household, and raise joyful and well adjusted sons. I have also learned that I truly can accomplish my goals when I put my mind to it. I CAN go back to school and get a graduate degree while working full time and solo parenting. I CAN take on that new intimidating job as an adjunct professor. I CAN add a child to our family through adoption. And I can model this with pride for my two beautiful boys.

What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

Alaskan Single Mama

Well, this probably isn't going to apply to most families but my son's favorite finger food as of late is injera (Ethiopian flat bread) and doro wat (Ethiopia's national dish, a spicy chicken stew). In Ethiopia, the injera is used as a utensil to eat the wat, its all finger food! You see, we are preparing to bring little brother home from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been over two years in the making but we are on the final step now, waiting for the call from the US embassy that we can come get our boy! You can follow our adoption journey to its joyful conclusion on my blog: There are even some posts about injera and wat!
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