When Rain Hurts by Mary Evelyn Greene

Navigating this Blog

Welcome to my blog!  For better or worse, the formatting options are limited.  That means you must scroll from the bottom, which is the beginning of the book, and work your way to the top, where the  most recent chapters are located.   I’m supplementing the current book layout (which is a journal entry before each chapter) with more recent journal entries, filed under “pages” on the right,  to give readers a broader sense of both the entire project and of course, our progress and continued challenges as a family.

Please check back frequently for new material.  Even better, sign up for email alerts using the tab on the right and you’ll receive a message when new materials are added.

I hope your experience with this project is a positive one.  I invite and encourage feedback, whether critical or otherwise.  For those who have already left comments, thank you.  Your insights, suggestions, encouragement and personal stories are what keep me writing.

If our family’s story moves you, if you feel that parts of it relate to your own experiences or those of people in your lives, please pass this link along and encourage others to read. Thank you in advance for being part of this effort.



  1. Mary,
    Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. What a POWERFUL writer you are. I was going to say I can’t even imagine this kind of experience, but as I read more and more, you paint a picture with your word so vividly, I can grasp the severity of the situation. The fact that you can maintain a sense of humor is another gift you possess…. I will be passing this blog on to others who are near and dear to me who ARE going through many of the same trials. May your words rain down hope for all of them out there. You and Pat are an inspiration.

    Comment by Kimberly E. Lepins — February 5, 2010 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  2. Mary, I am your former teacher from St. Paul’s, and I am thrilled to be following your blog. I am really inspired by your courage and commitment and impressed by your writing prowess. God bless you and your family for your efforts to make a difference in the world! All my love, Mrs. Reed

    Comment by Marijon Reed — February 25, 2010 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  3. Mary,
    You write with your heart wide open, and you write in the “here and now”. I just started blogging, and let’s say I have a beginner’s web site built. My blog also is a story “read from the bottom up”. It’s title “China Once, China Twice” misleads people who do not know me personally. I’m writing it from my memories, my photos, and travel itineraries I still have. I’m writing about my son who grew up, left home and his making his own life now in China. A mother will walk on fire to protect her child. You hurt, I hurt, but we always do the best we can. My blog’s URL is http://ginnyroth.wordpress.com/ I struggle today, allowing my son to make his own decisions, and the best days of my life are his Skype calls, when he calls to ask “Mom” for her opinion on things of importance he is considering.
    You have blessings in disguise.

    Comment by Ginny Roth — March 5, 2010 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  4. Mary,

    I cant seem to figure out how to get to the middle of the story, I read postings up to September but when I come here they start up again in Janurary. Can you tell me how to read about the middle years?

    Comment by Karen — April 25, 2010 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Mary,
    We had emailed each other a few years back. We live in Port Ewen and I have a 13 yr old girl and an 11 year old boy, my dear little Aspie. I run the NYS chapter of FRUA. We’re having our annual fall picnic this Saturday. It will be at Kingsland Point Park in Tarrytown from 11-2. I would love to meet you and invite anyone who has adopted from Eastern Europe to come. Our kids range in age from 1-16. We have a game coach who comes and plays with the kids so the adults can talk/network. The weather looks great, I hope to see you and your readers. We all have a big bond in common!!

    Comment by Jackie Lawson — September 22, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  6. I can relate to so much of your story with your children – for worse and for better. Thank you for having the courage to share so honestly all of your experience. You are helping me to do the same.

    BTW, I run a nonprofit organization, SPOON Foundation, that works to improve nutrition for orphaned and adopted children. I think we can help each other help more people. Please be in touch. You can find me through our website: http://www.spoonfoundation.org or http://www.adoptionnutriiton.org


    Comment by cindy kaplan — January 12, 2011 @ 12:07 am | Reply

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