Blog - N. J. Lindquist

LoveChild 7: My Adoption Is Complete

“My life has been shaped by the decision two people made over 24 years ago. They decided to adopt a child. They got me, and I got a chance at the kind of life all children deserve.”Karen Fowler, Reflections on Motherhood The wait was almost over…As I mentioned last week, I’m sure waiting for my […]

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LoveChild 6: My First Year Is a Happy One

“A baby is a little bit of heaven on earth.”Author Unknown        Me at six/seven months. As you can see, I’m bundled up in my carriage with a sweater, hat, and blanket because I might get cold. It’s either June or July. Me at eight/nine months.Mom is in a short sleeved dress and I’m wearing […]

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Lovechild 5: German Shepherd, Meet Baby

“My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.”Anne Lamott Besides Mom and Dad, there were two other very important members of my new family.The first was a cat named Fluffy. She was a Persian, with long, white hair. Sadly, I have no pictures […]

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Lovechild 4: My New Home

“There may be no secrets in small towns, but there are no strangers either.”R. A. Mathis My new parents lived in Indian Head, a pretty prairie town about 40 minutes east of Regina, Saskatchewan. Surrounded by flat wheat fields, the town was visible from a distance because of a dozen tall, white elevators filled with grain […]

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LoveChild 3: I Meet My New Parents

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” ​Anthony Brand               On the stairway leading to our second floor, I have two photos of each of my four sons. The smaller pictures were taken at the hospital the day each one was born. Below each birth picture […]

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LoveChild 2: My Son Challenges Me

“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.”Martha Beck, O Magazine, “Growing Wings,” January 2004 Have you ever been in a room filled with adults when someone walks in with a newborn baby?Most of the people […]

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LoveChild 1: The Ugly Duckling and Me

“It matters nothing if one is born in a duck-yard, if one has only lain in a swan’s egg.” ​Hans Christian Anderson, “The Ugly Duckling” When I was nine years old, I read two books for the first time.Both were titled Fairy Tales. One was by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; the other by Hans Christian Anderson. I should […]

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18 Tips for Looking After Curly or Wavy Hair

No, I’m not a hair stylist.  Just someone who suffered for years because I had no idea what to do with my unruly hair. So I’m offering some thoughts for anyone out there with curly or wavy hair who feels the way I did. I so wish I’d known these things when I was 5 […]

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The Wisdom of Madeline L’Engle

According to some people on Facebook, this is National Book Week. All over my feed, people are picking up the closest book and posting the 5th sentence from page 56. Which, for me, is “All light was gone.” However, I’m going to do a little more than that here. For the last eight or so months, […]

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