Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Studio vs Exhaustion vs Parenting

I’ve spent hours in the studio. Working on new work. Been spending all weekend away from the boys, after a week of working feverishly most hours that GK is home from work. This morning, he took them for immunization shots. Read more…


The Family I Joined

What was it like to be her, my mother-in-law in the Bay Area in the seventies? I know there were not many Asians out here in Contra Costa County back then. Not really. To be fresh from Korea, married to Read more…


The Family We Have

We told the boys we will be adopting a baby sister. This is what I know about family so far: I come from a very large Mexican family. My mom had about 8 siblings (it’s hard to count exactly, with Read more…


And Then There Were Possibly Three?

How do I tell my story of adding to my family through adoption? Do I talk about why I can’t be pregnant again? It’s not that I can’t get¬†pregnant. I have friends with infertility. Or even stay pregnant (I have Read more…


Waiting for a Girl

There’s not much else to do other than wait right now. We just got a letter in the mail confirming our Screening Appointment for Wednesday. I suppose this is where they decide if we know what we are getting into Read more…


“We Want a Girl, Too”

So finally I can get to the point. We want a daughter. And when I say We, I mean: Me, GK, Enn, Zee. We want a little girl in our home. We want to expand our family to accommodate one Read more…


Accidental Tourist at IKEA

Another surreal thing happened to me today. GK and I headed out to IKEA Emeryville, and of course I loved seeing some Goteburg cookies and identifying with the place, not just seeing it as a brand name, and then reading Read more…


Is It Me or is Health Insurance Confusing?

I am on the phone (on hold) ¬†and there’s this myriad of confusions to clear up a medical bill for Enn’s 5th year well child physical, and it’s making me crazy. You see, I took him 2 and a half Read more…


The View from Here

Contra Costa County Sigh. I am so happy to be home. At least I think I am. It’s hard to feel too much when I am so tired. So, even though I am stumbling through each of these past 3 Read more…


Can’t Have it Both Ways

I’m leaving this country that I love in two days. And I want to keep traveling. And I miss my kids. I decided that the ideal is being here for my total 9/10 days, then having my kids delivered to Read more…


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