Tina Szymczak

Who knew where life would take us when we first met across the table at Adoption classes? We became the best of friends in a short amount of time and when I adopted my son you were there every step of the way. Two adoptions for you and another for me and quite miraculously all of our children got along which lead to group trips to places such as water parks and apple picking. This was good because often times your oldest son was the only one who would play with my oldest. Being a mom with you felt normal. A normal that I never felt with other moms and kids.

Thank you for all those days where my oldest screamed and ranted and raved and I called you crying while I held onto his door waiting for the aggression and anger to subside. The days where you took my youngest so I could work on getting better care for my son and our family. The phone call after phone  call, my crying and ranting hysterically. Your indignation on my part. The cards of encouragement and baked goods without the expectation of reciprocation. The stepping in to babysit when he got kicked out of summer camp. The time he got kicked off the soccer team and you bought him a trophy and had it engrave2009-08-18-112748d for him.

Then there are the times I have had to be hospitalized for depression. You stepped in and watched both my boys, came to visit me, brought me delicious non-hospital food and took every indecipherable call I made to you. You brought me cards and well wishes and helped to take my mind off how desperate I felt.  Thank you for always seeing the best in me and not taking my social anxiety as a slight against you.

As this Christmas season draws near I find myself looking back and feeling overwhelmingly thankful for all that is you. Thank you my friend.

December 19, 2015

For All That Is You

Who knew where life would take us when we first met across the table at Adoption classes? We became the best of friends in a short amount of time and when I adopted my son you were there every step of the way. Two adoptions for you and another for me and quite miraculously all of our children got along which lead to group trips to places such as water parks and apple picking. This was good because often times your oldest son was the only one who would play with my oldest. Being a mom with you felt normal. A normal that I never felt with other moms and kids. Thank you for all those days where my oldest […]
December 14, 2015

Giveaway!

So using a random generator I have the winner of the Tim’s or Starbucks giftcard Congratulations Andrea!! Leave a comment as to which card you would like and I will deliver it to you. Thanks to those that played – I appreciate the sharing of my blog and the new ideas for blogposts. Tina
December 7, 2015

A Christmas Giveaway

So who doesn’t like the chance to win something? The rules are simple – leave a comment here on my blog telling me which blog post is your favourite for a second entry in the draw include in your comment an idea for a new blog post. Share are my blog link on your Facebook status for a 3rd entry (if we are not friends on FB just let me know in the comments that you did it – I trust you) see. Isn’t that easy? Contest closes December 13 so hurry! And for your hard work if your name is chosen I will send you a gift card to either Tim Horton’s or Starbucks. You choose. Happy commenting Tina
December 2, 2015

Another Published Piece

I’m super excited that another of my writing pieces has been picked up by The Mighty You can read it here This just proves if you keep putting yourself out there you will finally experience success (I had submitted 3 times with 3 rejections before they agreed to publish this last piece). Have a great day! Tina
December 2, 2015

A New The Mighty Article

Another of my articles has been published by the website The Mighty. Go here to read it Tina
November 18, 2015

It Takes Its Toll

We adopted our first child when I was 28 years old. My plan had been to have at least one kid by the age of 25. We struggled with infertility and since I wasn’t having babies I instead focused on my career in early intervention. I worked my way up to my dream job and the same week I found out I got the job we also found out we were adopting a little boy. A little boy with big blue eyes and an endearing smile. Also a little boy that NEVER stopped moving and was constantly getting himself into trouble. I didn’t know it was going to be so exhausting day in and day out. It wouldn’t have been […]