Weekend Getaway: Cincinnati You have kids and a vacation becomes more like a trip. There's no vacationing with kids around, if we're being honest. Because my kiddos are so young, the thought of a long drive or spending a ton of money on a huge trip doesn't seem worth it. Instead, we decided to create memories inside our very own state. If you didn't know, Ohio has some amazing places to visit, one being Cincinnati. A short 90 minute drive is all it takes and it's the perfect two-day getaway. In fact, you could even extend that a day or two to be honest. I've outlined the perfect trip to Cincy...

A Testimony of Courage "I'm a very passionate woman. I have a heart for the hidden cries in the inner city of single mothers and children. I love to feed the homeless--for I was once homeless with a new born baby.   I was born a crack baby at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. At five weeks old I got adopted by two wonderful people. As I began to crawl my left leg used to drag behind me. I also did not speak until the age of 4 years old. My mother kept me in therapy at Children’s Hospital. I wanted to share my story because its...

While I was adopted very shortly after birth, I’ve always known that I was adopted, so it was never a huge surprise to me. My dad always told me that I was a blue light special from Kmart and he was going to trade me in for a goldfish. It’s true--I've always wanted to find my birth mom. I knew she was young when she had me, around 16 years old, and that she had no family support. I was born in Toledo, Ohio through a Catholic charity. My family was told that whenever I wanted to find my birth mom all I had to do was...

My wife Addie and I are both from Central Ohio. We married in 2006 and started trying to have children soon after we were married. In 2007 we decided to move to California. My wife went to college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and spent most of her 20's living up and down the coast of LA County. I never imagined I would move out of Columbus, let alone out of the state.  After spending the first year getting settled into our California life, we then turned our focus back toward starting a family. After months, and then years of no...

We love providing opportunities to help each other connect on a deeper level, and we hope that our personal stories do just that.  But, it's not just about helping connect the people of Columbus, it's also about educating each other too.  So, through our personal stories on adoption this month, you'll get an insight into different perspectives on the topic. One out of 25 U.S. families have an adopted child. If you're looking for a good read on foster care,  New York Times bestselling author Regina Calcaterra wrote a critically acclaimed book Etched in Sand.  It's a powerful memoir about her struggles and survival as a child in foster care.  Did you know Jamie...

We met at a bar in Washington, DC, in April 2006. [caption id="attachment_8750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tom & Rick [/caption] Being 40ish, we dispensed with niceties fairly quickly, and soon found ourselves talking about what we did and didn’t want in a boyfriend. Smoker? No and no. Drug or other addictions? No and no. Rural, city, or suburban? City and city. Pets? Yes (Tom) and no (Rick) – we couldn’t match up on everything. And kids? Yes and yes. That conversation didn’t mean that we were necessarily going to get together – we had just met, after all – but it was nice to know where we stood. As...