MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

All of Who We Are

I have a big project I’ve been working on all year… I don’t know how to sum it up, and there are lots of branches of this work as I research and make things and think and make more things…. Read more…


Before the Diagnosis

The Almost Everything List of what we did to help our boy out before getting the diagnosis. Our son has autism. He’s nine years old, high-functioning, super bright, clever, funny, compassionate and dynamic, but the ASD diagnosis is what connects the dots about Read more…


Waiting on the Girl, and Other Things

So yes it’s been a long month since I’ve posted. My mom has been weary from fibromyalgia, polymyalgia-rheumatica, back pain. On top of that- pneumonia! It’s hard to see her so weary. But she’s getting better. The daughter of one Read more…


Choosing Girl Colors

So I am working on the bedroom for the little girl we want to foster adopt. Hard work? Sorta. I have to sort & organize the entire house because getting her room ready means it has to stop being what Read more…


Exhausted and Happy

I took my son to Disneyland. Just me and him. Free for me (free on your birthday this year) and free for him (under three). Our day at there was to-the-bone exhausting, yet totally worth it. On some rides, I Read more…


And Away We Go

Today begins our 3 day trip to Orange County, just me & this guy. Enn & Daddy had their time in Las Vegas together, visiting family and now it’s our turn to fly away. Here is Zee studying what to Read more…


A Girl Imagined

Today we had our first home study interview. Exhausting! GK says it wasn’t tiring for him, but for me? Definitely. We sat for a two hour interview about the details of who we are, how we do things, how we Read more…


Possibilities of a Girl

It hasn’t yet been 24 hours and we are headed home from our one night away. This is the perfect manner in which to begin what feels like the beginning of our adoption story… even though we might have a Read more…


To Add a Girl

One step in this thing: having an official into our home, to look around, to see if we can do this. Our first home study interview is next week! Really? Will I really have a little girl in my home Read more…


The Lego Milestone

I think one of the milestones that should be marked in the life of a kid is this: the making of the first Lego contraption all by himself. Enn ripped open his little Lego box, poured out all the pieces, Read more…


Zee Favorite Things

The other morning when I went into his room to get him out of bed, he opened up the top of his footie pajamas. I asked him if he had an owie. He said, No, Yook, Mama, Yook! (Yook=Look.) He’d Read more…


Big Wheels Keep on Turning

Just a few posts ago, I talked about how Enn knows the states of the U.S.- about how he would look at a shape and tell me that it looks like a certain state. From that, it seemed like he Read more…


Three Joys

My internet has been down for a week+. Today I discovered I can blog from my phone. Technology is amazing and yet I’ve been happy to discover the rhythym of my days without that uninterrupted connection to the world. I’ve Read more…


Favorite Enn Things

Enn is himself an explorer, and also, I get to explore his little mind as we go about our business day to day. Our conversations and his learning style have grown from asking specific questions that don’t have answers, to Read more…


Judgementalisms

So last Friday I took Zee to the City again, and he is becoming a little addicted to The City. He talks about it a lot, as well as about going to the Zoo (Animals!?!) and his birthday, which is Read more…


Newspaper Fort

So somewhere recently, I saw a post about building a fort out of newspaper, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I first got the idea. But I googled “newspaper fort craft kids” and I found what Read more…


Zee Day Trip

That’s not what might first come to mind when someone hears of a day like mine today, but it’s absolutely what happened for me. So much laughing at inside mommy & baby jokes, can’t even capture it! While Enn is Read more…


We Hope. Things Happen.

I have always wanted to have a little girl. I really didn’t know what I’d do with little boys. Not that I considered myself an aficionado of Barbie dolls and bubble gum pink, but I am so thoroughly female in Read more…


Pan Chan in the House now

The last time I wrote about food it was enchiladas I was all excited about, and this time it’s some egg pan chan– Korean side dishes. I made 2 for Umma- my Korean mother-in-law, and for Imo who is visiting from Read more…


Counting Life Things

One day spent all day at home on the couch because of Two sick little boys with fever lounging next to me. Three hours until I have dinner with Imo (GK’s auntie from Korea.) My Korean mother-in-law is making duk Read more…