Dad’s birthday

No clever titles came to mind so I went with the generic birthday announcement for my dad.  His special day was decidedly low key this year.  Which is fine because yesterday he received one of the best possible presents.  ;)

Look who's 1!

His first birthday

Celebrating with my two favorite men

Celebrating with my two favorite men

Dad, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for this family.  You’re the glue that holds us together.  Being your daughter is a privilege.  I love you and admire you more than you’ll ever know.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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The Graduate

“Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known….”

Our new lives.

Our new lives.

I ran out of time and reserve the right to do a massive update tomorrow.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Ten blog entries for the tenth month of the year in ten days. 

What better way to officially mark my return to the blogosphere than a challenge?  Beginning 20 October I commit to posting once a day for the next ten days.  Less than a dozen entries won’t even begin to scratch the surface…but it’s the most efficient way to bring inquiring minds up to speed on recent developments.  Some previews of what to expect in the very near future:

April 2013

Memories from spring 2013

1)  Where have I been?  You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, yet that doesn’t mean I won’t try to explain in my own sort of way.  The more important questions to ask, however, are what I’ve learned and where I’m going.

2)  Don’t think I’ve forgotten Operation Biological Information.

3)  Trick or treat!  Halloween is right around the corner.  Even without the candy and costumes, October marks my favorite month of the year.

My new 'do.

My new ‘do.

4)  I lost half my body weight in hair.

5)  Once upon a time there was a clean-ish eating vegetarian named Sloane who exercised frequently.  An unfortunate inundation of pork products– albeit very short lived– combined with a surplus of sodas exacerbated by an almost total lack of physical activity wreaked havoc on her physique [not to mention insides].  Time to regain health consciousness.

6)  Maintaining proper nutrition enables the opportunity for the occasional splurge.  What better place than a restaurant?!  I’m reviving my earlier decision to dabble as an amateur food critic.  Brittany will be my partner in crime with this endeavor.

missing7)  This month I ‘celebrate’ my seven year wedding anniversary with Will.  Where to even begin with that saga, I don’t know.

8)  Never again will I offer specifics on my love life unless I remarry.  Husband numero dos isn’t in the cards anytime soon, if ever; nor has my union with the first spouse legally ended.  Oh, what tangled webs we weave!

9)  I cannot stop watching Orange Is The New Black.

10)  Sharing all the links I’ve bookmarked over these past few months seems an impossible feat.  Eventually I’ll get there, so bear with me.  I only share things that I think are worth your time.  ;)

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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September Saturday

Contributing to the creation, development, and guidance of these two little humans is by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

aatWith infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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Operation Biological Information

Common knowledge amongst my inner circle is the fact that I was adopted at birth.  It’s certainly no secret but I don’t mention it unless the topic arises in conversation, mainly because I don’t give it much thought.  I can’t recall a particular moment where my parents revealed this to me but I do know they informed me at a very early age.  Whereas some children might have developed a complex, feeling unwanted or abandoned or what have you, I developed a sense of pride and an overinflated ego.  I was adopted!  Other parents were resigned to whatever plopped out whereas I was chosen.  Visions of a Walmart-esque baby factory– with a giant spotlight shining down on my crib– danced in my head.  Being the only child and the only girl on the Lowe side only spoiled me further.

This lady was adopted.

This lady was adopted.

Despite earning the chosen distinction, I went about business as usual throughout my childhood.  Whenever the topic of my adoption came up, some inquiring mind asked the usual questions, others responded with relative indifference.  I’ll never forget an afternoon at my friend Mary Elizabeth’s house when I was eleven.  Her younger sisters, twins, found out I was adopted and treated me like a celebrity.  They bowed at my feet, asked for my autograph, and all but rolled out the red carpet.  Definitely not the typical reaction, but amusing nonetheless.

These two deserve to know their medical history.

These two deserve to know their medical history.

My parents– I have never and will never use the term ‘adoptive parents’– are incredible.  When I was younger I worried that I would somehow make them feel inadequate if I expressed curiosity about the biologicals.  They assured me this wasn’t the case and would do whatever they could to assist me in my search and support me every step of the way.  However, I never considered actually trying said search until I had children of my own.  I felt they had a right to know their medical history….and that’s what got the ball rolling in my mind.


Bonus points if the biologicals have copious amounts of one or more of these.

Two times in the past seven years I’ve initiated the process to obtain my adoption records but was unable to continue.  Recent epiphanies in my life led me to believe that the third time was the charm.   I put my request in writing and asked for any available information, particularly medical records, that might shed some light on my biological origins.

My 'redacted' correspondence

My ‘redacted’ correspondence

This is the letter I received from Nashville yesterday.  In true Sloane fashion I accidentally sent them the copy of my letter [as opposed to the original] so they politely informed me that they needed my actual signature.  Oops.  I signed it multiple times and dropped it in the mail this morning.

Your guess is as good as mine regarding the outcome of Operation Biological Information.  But I do know one thing:  I’ll share every step of the journey here.  Whether or not I discover anything it will at least make for some interesting blogging.  ;)

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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“You must strive to find your own voice.  Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.” ~ Dead Poets Society

familyOne of these days I’ll get around to that massive blog update I’ve outlined in my head.  Today is not that day.

So much has happened that I don’t even know where to begin.  I’ve uttered those words a million times before– but this time I’m truly overwhelmed.  The daunting prospect of compiling months of thoughts looms before me.  Yet I feel compelled to at least make an attempt to explain the happenings in my world and what’s on my mind.  When that will actually happen, I have no idea.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,


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So Much Beauty

“It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.  Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once– and it’s too much– my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst.  And then I remember to relax and stop trying to hold on to it.  Then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.  You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.” ~ Lester Burnham

lesterIt’s been a hot minute since I blogged.  And by ‘minute’ I mean the end of February.  Let’s just say I’ve been on hiatus.  Everything’s going well with our little family and I’m slowly coming back around to the blog scene.  Until next Saturday….

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,




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