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.



We Are Family                       If we ever form a rock band, this will be our album cover.

6 Responses to KaribuAdoptionLife??

  1. Sheila Veatch

    Just testing to make sure it doesn’t post anyone’s email address.

  2. Jessica Geronimo

    As a pseudo-mom (raising my boyfriend’s 8 year old son that lives with us), I look forward to seeing how you have been raising your boys to be men. Your way of words really draws a clear picture and just after reading your couple of entries I can’t wait for more! 🙂

  3. Sheryl

    Great picture and beautiful family! You must be the lead singer?! Raising two boys has been the most challenging thing in my life. Do you ever stop worrying? My two boys are total opposites. I was talking to a friend recently about how kids in one family can be so different, yet they are raised the same. Differentiation in classrooms also needs to be the norm in homes! 🙂

  4. Susan Ludwig

    Hi Sheila!!! Keith &I just finished our Bible study& I thought of you, wondered how you were. Googled your name…& There you were!!! It’s really you…You look great, happy! We are doing great also…The Lord is gracious! Hugs, Susan

  5. Karen! I just found you on this site! How wonderful! Do you know Tricia Booker, also at the Beach? I’m just finishing her memoir on a similar topic. I hope you two know each other and so glad you joined our writing circle in August! Cheers, Jennifer p.s. she’s the featured author at our Memoir Workshop on Nov. 5 if you’re able to attend!

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