Reflections on Elliott’s Adoption: One Year Later

Today, December 7, 2011 is a special day for the Parks family.  One year ago today, Melinda and I took a short cab ride from our hotel in Ukraine to the orphanage that our newest child, Elliott Peter, had lived in since he arrived there from the hospital as a small baby.  In some ways, . . . → Read More: Reflections on Elliott’s Adoption: One Year Later

Elliott’s First Ever July 4th Celebration

It is amazing what kinds of events can transpire during the course of a single year. At this time last year, my wife, Melinda, and I were in the process of adopting our youngest son, Elliott.  As we marked Independence Day last year, I took a few minutes in a post on our adoption blog to . . . → Read More: Elliott’s First Ever July 4th Celebration

Thoughts on July 4th and Adoption

July 4th is THE great American holiday. We celebrate freedom and we celebrate the birth of our great nation. But this year, I found my thoughts turning towards our adopted children and what it will mean for them to celebrate July 4th with us next year. . . . → Read More: Thoughts on July 4th and Adoption

Why I Want to Adopt

Why do I, Jon Parks, want to adopt? It’s a fair question and one both Melinda and I have heard since we first shared the news about our plans to adopt. For me, the decision to adopt came about through an incredible shift in perspective. . . . → Read More: Why I Want to Adopt