Author Archives: Lyssa Friedman

A baby smiles in her crib

“Bagels and Pho”

“Bagels and Pho”

Was there a recipe for raising my daughter from Viet Nam? Holding her in my arms, I discovered that love was the prime ingredient.

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A woman looks into the distance and thinks about the stages of adoption

“My Journey Through the Stages of Adoption”

Much like the trimesters of pregnancy, I moved through phases of worry, disbelief, and pure joy while I waited to adopt.

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Mastering Spring Rolls Before I Adopt A Baby From Vietnam

“First Paperwork, Then Spring Rolls”

Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I'll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know — through cooking.

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