An Uncommon Family

The mom of two amazing kids who were born overseas, Laura blogs about daily life and adoption. She laughs at everything, including herself, and spends a lot time wondering how she got so lucky, even though she hasn't peed alone in over three years.

Laura is a winner of Top 25 Most Inspiring Families

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging about three weeks after we adopted our first child from Vietnam. I had kept an online travel journal of our time in Vietnam, but hadn't formally blogged. Once we were home and facing some of the difficulties and realities of adoption -- along with the joys -- I wanted to connect with other adoptive families. So I started a blog.

What are three distinctive features of your blog?

1. Honesty. I am very honest and I don't sugar coat or present anything in a way that is untrue. It doesn't mean bloggers need to overshare personal details, but I don't believe in altering reality for the sake of appearances. If it's too personal, it stays off the blog. If I share it, it's the truth.
2. Humor. I laugh at (almost) everything, as does my whole family. Even my kids have senses of humor, at two and a half and four. Laughter is a wonderful survival skill when things are tough and it's great when they're not. If not for my ability to make light of and laugh at so many situations, I'd probably be curled up in the fetal position...permanently.
3. Heart. I love my family and my children so much it hurts. I think I openly share my feelings on my blog, just as I do in real life.

How has blogging changed your journey as a family?

We have made lifelong IRL (in real life) friends through blogging. I've been so fortunate to meet many of them in person -- both when I've traveled to different parts of the country and when others have traveled to our part. In fact, one of my best friends was first a blog friend who lived in my city. I've connected with so many great people, learned so much and found a community of kindness and support.

My blog began as an adoption blog, but morphed into a life blog and I love that I've connected with many different people as a result. There have been several occasions where I've considered quitting blogging -- when I'm too busy or overwhelmed with life or am short on creative inspiration, but I don't because I think about the people that I've met and how I'd miss out of future relationships. That is truly the best part of blogging.

I also began freelance writing over a year ago and I think those opportunities have expanded because of my blog, which is funny because I always assumed the blog would be the reason people would say, "Um, no thank you."