Adoption and Parenting: 18+ years old

[Every Friday for the first two months of 2013, DWLA will feature a story from Barbara Shipka’s blog about her personal experiences with adoption and parenting.  We will sample a story from each of eight categories: 1) Before; 2) In Peru; 3) We’re Home; 4) 2 – 6 years old; 5) 6 – 12 years old; 6) 12 – 18 years old; 7) 18 + years old; 8) Musing / Thruout.  Barbara’s son Michael’s video was showcased in Gifts to the World.]

Thx! Luv, M.

full moonby Barbara Shipka

It rained all day yesterday (Saturday) and was completely cloudy into the evening. Past sunset. So I didn’t even consider trying to see the Biggest Full Moon of the year.

Around 9 pm my son, Michael, and one of his friends decided to go see ‘The Avengers’ (which I just learned had the largest opening weekend box office $$ take ever).

About five minutes after he left, he sent the following text: “Big Moon out right now!”

How very sweet and thoughtful! A recognition and affirmation of my interests.

I sent a text back: “Thx! Luv, M.” Immediately after that, I grabbed my camera and went outside.

Not my best photo, for sure. But I love it as a reminder of how such a sweet moment is shared…Michael, the Moon, me. It seems that the clouds decided to part for us/me and our/my desire to see the Big Moon.

Shortly after that, the clouds returned…until now. It’s Sunday evening now and the sun has just emerged for the first time in a couple of days.

BTW, Michael thought the movie was ‘epic.’

I thought the moon was ‘epic.’

Lovely when Life offers us such sweet and effortless experiences of win/win!

[Photo by Barbara, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 5, 2012]


Barbara is a single mom and was in her mid-forties when she adopted her son, Michael.  He was 10 weeks old at the time. Together, they spent many months navigating through the rather overwhelming legal processes for adoption in Peru.  Today, as a junior at the University of Minnesota, Michael is majoring in Native American Studies.

For much of her career, Barbara has been an executive leadership coach and organization effective consultant for Fortune 500 companies.  Another part of her career has been working in education and with non-governmental organizations in Europe, The Middle East, Africa, and The Caribbean.  Over the last twenty years, in addition to becoming a mother, she has also become an author and artist.  You can learn more at

These blog posts are snapshots from Barbara’s collection of stories about her experiences of their life together from March 1991 to today.  Visit her blog, Adoption and Parenting, to read more of her stories.  When you arrive, click on “Label” under “Home” where you see the tabs Recent…Date…LABEL…Author.  This will rearrange the stories into 8 categories:

Categories via 'Label'


  1. What a lovely post. And it’s ‘epic’ that something so simple…the moon, will remind you of that special moment for ever more…

    Thanks for linking up with the Weekly Adoption Shout Out x

  2. Awesome moment so immense in every way. Gave me a tingly shiver down my spin. x

    Thanks for linking up with the Weekly Adoption Shout Out.

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