Karibu. Welcome. My name is Sheila Roberts-Veatch and I am a wife, mother, educator, writer, inconsistent slow-runner, and experimental cook. My husband (Devan) and I share a comfortable old house with our two sons, Nathan (15) and Jack (13); (son Sam -21- is away at college); rescue-dog Macy Mae; and two cats, Mr. Norris (formerly of Kenya) and Little Miss Kitty (originally from Tallahassee). Our house is close enough to the Atlantic Ocean that waves often lull us to sleep, and our days are filled with school, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, homework, Dr. Who reruns, shell-collecting, long walks, Episcopal worship and the ups and downs of life.
When my husband and I became first-time parents over 21 years ago, blogs did not exist. When we enlarged our family through adoption almost 16 years ago, the Internet was still a toddler. That, however, did not stop me from chronicling my journey through journal and letter writing, photography, and poetry. It’s now time to share!
KaribuAdoptionLife (“karibu” being the Swahili word for “welcome”) is my attempt to digitally catch up by sharing personal reflections on my chaotic, normal and anything-but-normal life; the highs and lows of adoption, trans-racial families, and raising boys to be good men while working, living, and running to keep up. I so look forward to hearing your stories as well.