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Halloween Treats for Your Sweets

Healthy Halloween dish

Halloween Treats for Your Sweets. (click!)

I found this blog and it has some amazing Halloween party ideas.  Most I will never attempt, but they are really cool looking.

Do you have a special spooky recipe you want to share??

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach

Everything for Adoption


Halloween Lake County IL 2012

Halloween Lake County IL 2012

Each year I do a service for parents by posting the Lake County IL communities times and days for Trick or Treating–or Halloween.  It appears all towns are saying they are having Halloween on the actual day… Wed., Oct. 31st.  This could change but this is what has been reported to me.

Have a safe, yet fun Halloween this year!

Here are the Trick or Treat times….

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Times: Wednesday

Below find a list of Lake County Communities Trick or Treat hours held on October 31st.

Antioch – 4pm-7pm,

Bannockburn – 3:30pm-7pm,

Barrington – 4pm-7pm,

Buffalo Grove – 2pm-7pm,

Deer Park – 4pm-7pm,

Deerfield – 3pm-7pm,

Fox Lake – 4pm-7pm,

Fox River Grove – 3:30pm-7:30pm,

Grandwood Park – 5pm-8pm,

Grayslake – 4pm-7pm,

Hawthorn Woods – 4pm-8pm,

Highwood – 3pm-8pm,

Highland Park – 3:30pm-7pm,

Kildeer – 3pm-8pm,

Lake Bluff – 4pm-7pm,

Lake Forest – 4pm-8pm,

Lake Villa – 4:30pm-7pm,

Lake Zurich – 3pm-8pm,

Libertyville – 4pm-8pm,

Lincolnshire – 4pm-8pm,

Lindenhurst – 4pm-7pm,

Mundelein – 4pm-8pm,

North Barrington – 3pm-7pm,

Vernon Hills – 4pm-8pm,

Volo – 4pm-8pm,

Wauconda – 4pm-8pm,

Wildwood 4pm-7pm

Winthrop Harbor – 4pm-7pm.

Times are subject to change.

Deborah Mumm

Healthy Environments

Everything for Adoption

Adopted Kids & Parents Meet!

Happy New Year!

We celebrated the end of 2011 and the new beginnings of 2012 by having our local Adoption Support Group over for a little party. It was a great time. A dozen kids, all adopted, got to meet other families created by adoption. The parents all seemed to enjoy talking about their kids, their adoption stories and more!
The common theme I heard was…’Parenting is great but full of challenges, whether your kids are adopted or not.’
I do realize, speaking from experience, that being an adoptive parent can be more challenging if your adopted children come to you with issues. (This is not to say that biological kids don’t come with issues, but sometimes Adoption issues are created by ‘adoption’.) To be adopted means that someone gave you away. I know this is actually a choice for many women, and a wonderful one for the child in most cases.
Adoption is a journey and it doesn’t end once your child is home. Many times things come up that we need to deal with because the child suffers from an inner loss of some kind, usually brought on by the idea of being adopted. Therapy by someone trained in Adoption issues is my first recommendation. Healing can come with time!
It was wonderful to see so many kids in my home that are adopted! We had some from the USA and some from Russia and China. However, they all blended beautifully together.
My 18 yr. old daughter, adopted from Russia was found in her room surrounded by little girls, from China, Russia and USA. So she did what any ordinary teenage girl might do…paint all their nails. The little girls were thrilled!
I am attaching a photo of all the kids at the party. It was a great way to start the new year! All of us….Blessed by Adoption.

Deborah Mumm
Everything for Adoption

Christmas Traditions?

Do you have Christmas traditions at your house? I never think we have real strong traditions until I hear how others spend the Christmas holiday…and then I realize we do some of the same things every year at this time.

We put up our Christmas tree with Christmas music playing. When we are done we sit down by the tree with some hot cocoa and cookies. My teenage daughter helped me with everything this year. Dennis sets up the tree each year, but I find my boys are not very interesting in doing the decorations.

We have a chili or soup supper on Christmas Eve, play games and then go to Midnight mass. We open presents Christmas morning followed by some type of breakfast casserole. This year we had a praline topped French Toast casserole. Delicious.

Now with my older boys married, they come over when they can. This year Travis & Katie came over about 10 am and did presents exchange again. By noon, Brandon and Pam arrived. Travis & Katie left, and we then did the presents exchange again.

Finally, we all got some showers and headed to Grandma & Grandpa’s place for a Family Christmas. We just did snacks and appetizers followed by a Gift exchange game. We all had fun with that..and then headed back home.

We fixed a great Prime Rib supper, which was delicious. Afterwards we changed into our Packer clothes and watched the Packers destroy the Bears. (Usually we play a lot of games, which I prefer…but it was football this year)
All in all, we had a fun day. Fun to be able to spend time with family…to talk and laugh, etc.

This year there was no snow in the Chicago area in December. Very disappointing for Alex, especially.
Otherwise everything was perfect.
Hope your Christmas was special at your house!

Deborah Mumm
The Adoption Coach

Merry Mumm Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas to all my Adoption friends!
2011 was a stressful year, yet one of hopefullness for the future. Our daughter completed 14 months of therapy to learn how to cope with issues caused by abuse she suffered in Russia. (It is amazing how adults can change the course of a child’s life by their actions!)
Here is our Christmas card. Hope you enjoy it!

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Deborah Mumm
Everything for Adoption

Summertime Fun & Chaos

The 'Bean'

Last week my girlfriend from CA came to visit. This year she brought her two sisters since they had a Cousins Reunion in the Chicago area. I haven’t seen her sisters since we were kids but we all got along great! The fact that Kellen came home from his travels to Italy and Tatiana came home for a long weekend pass added to the Full House Syndrome! The kids slept in our basement to give the 3 ladies rooms of their own.

Each day we planned something. Here are a few of the things we did while our CA guests were here. We went to Navy Pier, Sears (Willis) Tower, Marriott Lincolnshire play, Blue Man Group, shopping in Long Grove and an afternoon on the beach of Lake Michigan…plus Alex’s baseball tournament where his team took a surprising 2nd place!

On Sunday, I took my friends to Glenview where their cousin picked them up for their trip to Midway Airport and then home. I then picked up my parents and brought them back to our house where the kids piled in the van and we headed north to visit Pam and Brandon in Ripon, WI. They had a BBQ in their yard with lots of food, sun and games. We went to the local fireworks at dusk, which were great except for the millions of mosquitos we had to fight off!

We spent the night there, had a late breakfast and then headed back home. It has taken a few days to wash sheets and towels…and a general clean up. However, it was worth the fun we all had together this past week. Tatiana headed back to school in NE…but had a fabulous weekend here! We are getting more excited about her returning home for good this fall.

Now I am enjoying the quiet and the slower pace as I am down to 2 kids under our roof. Kellen is working for Dennis’ office doing some needed painting in buildings. He is happy to have some summer income! Alex is having fun with friends and summer activities!

Some people may complain when having too much going on, but I know that my life will not always be like this and I truly love spending time with family and friends. So enjoy your summer. Do something you like with a friend. It will create memories that are worth the effort.
Have a happy summer!

Deborah Mumm
The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption


Kicking in the New Year

Kids have fun with balloons at restaurant


It doesn’t seem that long ago that we had anticipation for Christmas, for kids coming home from college, the cookies that needed to be made….and then, it’s gone!  In a flash, the time zips by and we are taking down the tree and the holiday decorations around the house.  Life goes back to ‘normal’…or whatever ‘normal’ is.

We took several days after Christmas to visit Tatiana in her new boarding school.  She was jumping up and down with delight when we pulled up to her school.  Alex and Kellen came with us, so it made it an extra special trip.  We wandered around the Omaha Zoo…which is a beautiful zoo, by the way.  We got to play a couple of wild games of Lazer Tag which was also a lot of fun.  We went out for a few meals and even ate a meal at her school.  She is adjusting nicely and although would rather be home, she seems to know why she is there and that she does need help before she can come home.

Shortly after coming home, I started experiencing back pain.  I attributed it to the long car ride– 8 hours. But as the pain turned into chronic cramps I soon learned I had a kidney stone.  Believe me, this is not a pleasant experience!  Trying to wait for the lithotripsy procedure didn’t work out so well as I ended up in the emergency room one night for pain control.  Finally, I got the procedure and now am trying to learn how to sit and heal.  This is difficult for me, especially with kids home, etc.  Seems as soon as I feel better I do a few things and then pay the price with pain.  But as with the kidney stone…this too shall pass!

Enough of my Merry Medical stuff!  Christmas was wonderful seeing my family together.  We got to see Tatiana and that was a blessing as well. We have two great daughter in laws that make our family get togethers even more fun.  I am blessed to have my parents around also!  Still pretty healthy although showing their years.  We had fun Christmas day at their place with several of my brothers and their families.

A friend told me tonight that 2011 should be a great year for me since I  jump started the year by getting rid of health ailments right at the start!  Some people have to wait for bad things to happen to them as the year progresses.  I would like to think I got rid of them right away and now am on track for good things to start happening.

So…I hope your holidays were pleasant and filled with new fond memories. I also hope you have the confidence for looking for all the wonderful possibilities the new year can bring !

Happy 2011!

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach

Everything for Adoption