The Diverse Faces of Multi-Racial Families

I can’t help but smile big when I see a multi-racial family at the grocery store or coffee shop. I don’t point them out to my kids nor do I stare at the family. Seeing other families similar to ours makes my heart all warm. These family’s racial and ethnic make-up are exactly the same as ours but I remember when I hard ever saw interracial couples, much less a family. People really did gawk at us/them.

Seeing other multi-racial families reaffirms that we’re not unicorns. Not that there’s anything wrong with unicorns.  I asked my friends and community to send me photos of their multi-racial families to celebrate how beautiful we are–inside and out.

The Diverse Faces of Multi-Racial Families

Elie Cee Musing Momma

Credit: Photo courtesy of Ellie at Musing Momma

I met Ellie via Twitter a couple of years ago. She’s a thoughtful and talented writer and shares inspiration for happy parenting and mixed race families at Musing Momma. Ellie also started Mixed Race Parenting Resource Group, a community for families like ours!

About her family: “I’m white, my husband is African-American, and we have two biracial boys together. Like every family, we have our not-so-pretty moments, but a day never goes by without hugs, kisses, and “I love yous.” I never want my boys to doubt just how incredibly loved they are and how amazing they are in their momma’s eyes. My husband and I want them to grow up with a strong sense of family and hope our relationship provides them with a model for what a healthy, loving, equal partnership looks like.”
Mixed Up Mama

Photo credit: Mixed.Up.Mama

Fariba writes at Mixed.Up.Mama. More about her family:
“We’re a multicultural/ multiracial family enjoying the cultural journey of four continents and three racial mixes. We love our ‘complicated’ life because it means we can call home to Nigeria, UK, Canada and Iran. Raising three daughters all under 5 is the most fulfilling experience we as parents could ever ask for.”
 Are Those Your Kids? Blog

Photo credit: Are Those Your Kids

Deidre Anthony blogs at Are Those Your Kids? 
I’m totally envious that she color coordinated her family’s clothes for their photos. I’m not that organized. More about Deidre:
“My husband is white, born and raised in the same town all his life. I am black, both parents are Jamaican. We met folding shirts at JCPenney while in college. We love to travel, cook and eat together.”
Starfish Mom

From left to right: Squish (adopted from foster care 3.4.14), Jamie (me), SuperDad, Lil Bit (adopted from foster care 10.23.15), The Boy (our oldest child, SuperDad’s bio son), Squirm (adopted from foster care 8.22.14), Punky (our youngest daughter, SuperDad’s bio daughter), and Princess (our oldest daughter, SuperDad’s bio daughter) Photo credit: Jamie of The Foster Mom

Jamie writes at The Foster Mom’s Guide to Central Florida & Starfish Confidential. Jamie’s diverse family is African American, Austrian, Irish, Jewish, Mexican & Puerto Rican. Looking at the photo of her large family makes me miss my extended family in Louisiana. I love what she had to say about her family:

My family is a perfect picture of love making a family – not DNA. I didn’t give birth to any of my kids, but I couldn’t possibly love them more if I did.

Stephanie A Family Lives Here

Stephanie Huang Porter and her family from A Family Lives Here. Photo by Blue Gate Photography

The moment I met Stephanie Huang Porter at Evo Conference, I had a mad girl crush on her. She’s funny, kind, and smart. She’s an amazing mother–check out her blog A Family Lives Here for all awesome lunches she packs for her daughters. More about her family:

“Our family is half white (English, German, French) and half Chinese, from both China and Taiwan. We purposefully expose our children to diverse friends, countries, food, and experiences. We believe that if we want our children to be loving, kind, open-hearted adults, that it is our responsibility to actively teach and live that way.”

Want to share your family’s photo and story? Email your photo and 2-3 sentences about your family and their ethnic/racial make-up to kim @ (remove spaces).

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