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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (and other stuff)

1. My family staycationed in nearby Colorado Springs. Daughter and I got tattoos (henna), I rode the zipline across the Royal Gorge (zomg), and we drove to the top of Pikes Peak. If you ever decide to go to Colorado Springs, check out our 1 2, or 3 day itineraries on the full post, which includes more photos.

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Royal Gorge Bridge, Arkansas River in the Royal Gorge, JFKennedy Range from the bridge, the bridge’s cables.

2. I went to my high school reunion. I know over time we trade youth for, well, whatever we choose to pursue (knowledge, riches, widsom, experiences, whathaveyou), but I can say that I felt so much more comfortable in my own skin these days than I did back then when I walked the halls of my high school. #bandgeek

Lori Holden at high school reunion

I chose not to wear mascara.

3. The kids and I attended Adoption Camp this past weekend. As always, I learned so much about adoptee experiences, attachment issues (yes, even in domestic infant adoptions), nutrition, movement, behavior, and tips on staying regulated; in addition I loved connecting with other parents who are also on this path, from places near and far. The kids had enriching experiences, too.

Our keynote speaker was Lesli Johnson, whom I have stalked since I read this by her. I had a double treat the first night of Camp when the two of us met up with another adoption friend Rebecca Vahle for dinner.  What a way to spend a blue moon (pinch me).

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I highly recommend Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families (Domestic is just one of 13 camps offered, including a brand new one for adult adoptees).

4. I’m announcing the winner the recent book giveaway. Melissa G, drew your number to win of Sherrie Eldridge’s 20 Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make, 2nd edition . I’ll be reaching out shortly to get your mailing address.

Sorry, there really is no chicken dinner.


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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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10 Responses

  1. What a beautiful staycation! Although I have to say, that bridge is terrifying. Beautiful, but you would not find me on that thing by choice, much less looking down! You look gorgeous for your reunion — it is wonderful to be happy in your own skin, where you are in life. I hope it was a wonderful time! And thanks for sharing your information about Adoption camps and the article by Lesli, it was beautiful and eye-opening. I shared it on facebook…

  2. No chicken dinner?? *sniff*

    Sounds like a great trip! We’re possibly planning a trip to your area this fall, so I may be emailing you to see if you’re free while we’re there.

  3. I hope you had a wonderful time at your reunion – and how wonderful to really feel at home in your own skin. You looked great. I’ve never heard of an adoption camp. Can you explain more about it on another post? Perhaps just one experience that really moved or enriched you?

  4. Your photo is gorgeous. I clicked your link and you definitely don’t need tanning lotion. Pale skin here in England is often considered naturally beautiful (blame the climate!) and I think your picture fits the description of an “English rose” : )

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