Well, hello there! I’m just now stumbling upon this “About” page after a few years of blogging, which says some probably unflattering things about my internet savvy.

Anyway – this is the third incarnation of my blog. I started the first one soon after my third son, Ward, had a drowning accident in late July 2005. It was helpful for me to record what I was going through and I found a lot of support online.

When we began the adoption process, I decided to make the blog private. The whole password thing didn’t work so well, though. Lots of friends and family had trouble signing in, so I bagged it and started this new blog with our handy-dandy nicknames.

I still blog about Ward’s transition and how it affects us, and I also blog about our family, community, and the adoption of our fourth son, little Rainbow.

You might see me refer to Ward as our Butterfly, as he has left his body and moved on to another state of being. I know he is full of joy and that he knows we love him so much. I call our fourth child “Rainbow” because he is our rainbow after the rain – after Ward’s transition, after three miscarriages, we are so, so overjoyed to get to be the parents of this beautiful boy.

Our adoption is semi-open. We got to know Rainbow’s birthparents quite well (and like them very much) during three pre-birth visits, and we were there for his birth. I write them often and send pictures every 4-6 weeks. I hope one day we will see them again.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please don’t hesitate to share your reactions to what I write and your own personal experiences. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Mama Jamz

9 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Jennifer Grant
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 17:58:05

    I’m so glad to have discovered your blog and other writing. I’m a writer, too, and mother by birth and adoption. I linked to your babble piece from my adoption Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/loveyoumorebook. Thanks for your honesty and strong writing. I know your work is a comfort to others who have survived the death of a child.
    All best,
    Jennifer Grant

  3. Mama Jamz
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 20:12:48

    Hi, Jennifer. It’s nice to meet you online. I checked out your site and can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations on its publication! I’d love to get a book published someday, and hope to get more serious about finishing my romance novel when Rainbow gets in preschool. You must be so proud and happy to get it out there. 🙂 Thanks so much for checking in.

  4. Yve
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 10:33:17

    The first sentence of your about me got me- I am absolutely hopeless at technology but persevere/struggle through enough to blog! I clicked a link to yours via mamapundit, and just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you, we lost my brother in May of 2005 and every year those emotional waves sneak up on us around that time.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blog,

  5. Clint Thomas
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 01:50:01


    It is so RAD to find this blog on the computer! It is Clint Thomas. I searched for your number a couple of days ago and even tried calling to get some advice but there was no answer.
    I am having a surprise 80’s surprise birthday party for my wife this October. I am having friends from TN and many here attend. She has no idea. I have gotten numerous posters, rock pens, decorations, DJ, caterer, etc. for the party. My one problem is finding the preppy clothes for me. I want it to make it like the 80’s with two polo shirts withtthe collars up and some Duckhead pants! But I can’t find what I am looking for!!! I noticed a picture you took from Old Navy and that looks great so I might check there. If you have any advice for an old Webb pal I would appreciate it.
    ps – I also am looking for the zink pink lipstick for my wife (it looked white on her lips).

    Hope you and your family are doing well!!


  6. Mama Jamz
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 16:43:48

    Hi Clint! It’s so great to hear from you. What a fun idea for a surprise party! She will LOVE it.

    I’d suggest checking out Like Totally 80s party ideas. http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-party-idea.html

    Did you know that’s Alli (Summerford) Denning’s site? You can find it on Facebook and say hi to her there if you’d like to. Go to etsy.com and ebay and check out their vintage polo shirts. I just saw some great shirts for men when I searched ‘izod men’ on etsy.

    I’m not sure about the lipstick. Hmm. Try asking Like Totally 80s on Facebook and you may get some good responses from those readers. It’s a pretty active FB page.

    I hope you have a great party! Surprise parties rock. Can you believe I have two boys at our high school this year??

    Hope to see you soon. 🙂

  7. retroremixes
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 12:59:09

    Hi, this is DJ D from Retro Remixes. Love your work at Like Totally 80s. Really great and fun stuff. Especially the music articles. Completely Rad!


  8. Mama Jamz
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 16:41:55

    Hi DJ D! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! I just checked out your site and it looks amazing. I tried to download a song, but I think I need technical help from my computer advisor (a.k.a. my husband) because I’m doing something wrong. Those are all remixes that you made? That is so cool! I can’t wait to hear them. 🙂

  9. Donney Goutierrez Jr.
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 16:58:56

    Greetings Julie.

    I’ve only recently discovered your postings over on liketotally80’s. It is nice to know I have a place to go whenever I need an 80’s fix. Thank you for doing your part to keep the 80’s alive. You’re a great writer.

    God bless you!!

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