Later Mom Features
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married 20 Years
RESIDENCE: Los Angeles, CA
CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Clay 18. Grace 16. Nati 16.
(Note: Claude was 39 when they adopted Nati, his third child.)
I am the author of More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia. You can read all about the book and a bit more about my family on www.morelovelesspanic.com.
What was your road to parenthood like? My first two kids came along in a fairly traditional way. I’d always thought I’d have kids, ‘some day.’ Then, one day, my wife told me that she wanted to have kids, and that ‘some day’ had more or less arrived. I’m grateful to her for nudging me along because otherwise, like a lot of guys, I think I might have just waited and waited and waited some more.
Our third child, Nati, was more my idea…in a way. I read a magazine article about the many children in Ethiopia who’d been orphaned because of the AIDS crisis. I suggested that my wife read the article and that we consider adoption, but, honestly, I was sure we never really would. When she read the article and said, ‘you know, actually, we could adopt a kid from there,’ I was stunned. Not too long after reading that article, I was flying home from Ethiopia with a five-year-old boy who was now my son.