KimberleeOccupation - Filmmaker
The first thing you should know about me is that I LOVE being a parent! Our home is warm and happy and full of love. We have so much fun. My little ones make me smile and laugh a hundred times a day. I learn so much from them. It's not always easy but being a parent makes me find the best in myself and try to make it better.
I have an amazing job. I'm a filmmaker and journalist. I focus on human rights and civil rights. My film on Rwanda was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy. My work has been on HBO, CNN, CBS, in TIME Magazine, People Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. Now I'm making a film about America's civil rights struggles, hopes and changes through the eyes of African Americans over the age of 100. My children got to sing happy birthday at a 115th birthday party! One of the 113 year old women in my film, Mother Ruby, became like an adopted grandmother to me. I work close to home on my own schedule so that I can spend time with my children.
I grew up in Texas. I was raised by a loving father and my grandparents, but without my mother who was very young and not able to be the best parent at that time in her life. My father re-married and had several other children. I am the oldest of 5 and we are all very close. Jude and Luna have lots of cousins and we all get together as often as we can. My mother and I connected again in my teen years and my mom is a now a wonderful mother and grandmother to my children and a very important part of our lives.
My family is Christian. We celebrate every holiday together and share traditions from our faith as well as from other countries and cultures that we have experienced in our travels. Our spirituality is a meaningful part of our lives.
I've always known that one day I would adopt. Traveling and living around the world I've met many people living through hardships of all kinds with such grace. Their strength and courage has inspired me. I've seen how difficult it is for parents to care for their children in many circumstances. I've met and fallen in love with children who did not have families.
My brother's family adopted their son from Ethiopia. Luna's best friend is adopted. My closest friend, my children's godfather, is African American and his daughter is biracial. We all fit together just right!
However my children come to me I will love and cherish them, honor their roots, share our worlds, and be a family.