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The Play’s The Thing

A hearty welcome to our newest team member and writer, Samantha Hines. Her stories capture the essence of everyday motherhood, poignant excerpts from her boys’ colorful experiences and musings, and perspective on life as an adoptive family. I hope you enjoy her writing as much I do.


I’ll have grounds
More relative than this—the play’s the thing
Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.

With apologies and eternal gratitude to William Shakespeare, Hamlet’s line from Act II has been a continuous source of inspiration to me. Not that I am in any way regularly seeking to prove correct a ghost’s accusation of regicide; the connection I feel is something a bit more close to home.

It is my contention that through our children’s words, through their dialogue, profound revelations—not only about themselves and their immediate worlds—are disclosed; and that even the most seemingly ordinary conversation between children or between children and adults offers the opportunity to learn.

Each month I welcome the opportunity to share with you one of those conversations—in the form of a play, the cast of characters of which includes a seven-, a six-, and a two-year-old boy. For indeed the ‘play’s the thing’ wherein I hope to catch—and share with you—those lessons most worth preserving.


OSCAR: A seven-year-old second-grader with a fierce intellect, impressive vocabulary, and unabashed penchant for LEGO; the oldest of three brothers, he considers himself—and will ask you to, too—the voice of reason.

EDGAR: Currently a Kindergartner and just a year younger than Oscar, Edgar is imagination and whimsy personified. A boy who not only “thinks outside the box” but isn’t really interested in acknowledging that there might be a box, Edgar paints, sculpts, and draws because that’s what he has to do.

AUGUST: A two-year-old force of nature, his personality belies his years. He is boisterous, opinionated, and in love with life. Not content to be third, he makes his voice known and has no problem running—in word or deed—with the big boys.

Though I consider each person I have ever met, every place I have ever been, and every book I have ever read to be my teachers, the wisest of all have been my three sons. I look forward to sharing their wisdom with you.


Samantha Hines lives with her husband, three sons, two dogs, and cat in Newport, RI, and is a high school English teacher (twenty-two years and running). In the last two years, she has had published three articles in Adoptive Families magazine; and her blog, “My Three Sons” was named by Adoptive Families as one of the Top Twenty Adoption Blogs on the internet. Her family was featured on SixSeeds, an online philanthropic magazine, in November 2010; and she is currently working on turning her blog into a book. You can follow “My Three Sons” on Facebook and her blog at

About Stephanie

Stephanie Beaty is a blessed, homeschooling mama of four and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Tampa, Fla., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

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  • Revhines1

    Congrat.’s Looking forward to your stories,