Author Archive | Amber Harder

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When You Don’t Have the Joyful “Back to School” Picture

For days my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of my friends’ kids on their first days of school. They were dressed in crisp outfits for the school year, posing with new backpacks and adorable signs which marked the new year and their current aspirations. It was so cute. I couldn’t believe how some of […]

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A Letter to My (More) Rested Self

Hey there. I’ve noticed you have been looking a little bit more rested lately so I wanted to have a chat before too much time has passed. I didn’t want you to be so wrapped up in doing things like learning new hobbies, spending time with friends, enjoying your life, etc. that you forget what […]

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Do I Love You Enough?

My family is formed through both adoption and birth. We adopted from Ethiopia first, then I gave birth to two more children. My relationship with my oldest daughter is complex because, at the back of my mind, I am always aware that she is also someone else’s daughter too. We had the privilege of meeting […]

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Mud Pies and Other Things That Terrify Me

I will be the first to admit that I do not care for sticky, messy, dirty, or slimy things. My mom tells the story of when I was a little kid in ECFE and I would stand at a distance, watching the other kids doing the activities. I was perfectly happy to watch and not […]

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Legos on a Whole New Level at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Our partners at the Science Museum of Minnesota invited our contributor, Amber, to visit their NEW Towers of Tomorrow exhibit! Read on for an inside peek into the exhibit and find out how you and your little Lego lovers can experience it for yourselves!I think one of the neatest things we as moms get to […]

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Dialing Ethiopia: The Day I Called My Daughter’s Birth Mother

I suppose the journey to be in contact with our child’s birth mother started even before we were matched with our daughter. It was in the early days when whispers of others’ falsified documents and inconsistencies lurked like shadows. I dismissed all ill feelings knowing that our agency was not corrupt and we were good […]

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What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have on a life. I was supporting some English Language Learners in their Kindergarten class and […]

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Motherhood: A Thankless Job… Until Now

Do you ever long for someone in your household to recognize something you’ve done – anything – and say thank you for it? It doesn’t feel too promising that this will happen anytime soon if we have little ones at home, and sometimes what we do is not always evident to our partners either.  I […]

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