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Sunday, November 30, 2008

This sums it all up:


So many families that have been trying to complete an adoption, failed infertility treatments, closed countries, birth moms not picking you ect.. In a nut shell this quote touches where we have been and what we have survived. It is true, but when you are in the middle of such heartache its hard to think of something wonderful is waiting for you.

"When God takes something from your grasp; He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quote of the Moment....Plan for a Merry Christmas


As for the economic pressure on parents, Gottlieb sounds a fatalistic note.

"Believe me, there are families with much bigger issues on their plates right now then worrying about whether their child will be unhappy because they did not get a particular toy," Gottlieb wrote in his "Out of the Toy Box" blog. "Delivering disappointment goes with the job of parenting."

What parent would not love to give their children a Christmas full of presents, mountains of presents? That however is out of the question for many families, including ours. What will we do to create memories that are not as easily forgotten as a present that is thrown to the wayside as soon as the batteries die? Well, we do art projects together, winter walks, visit the local outdoor Santa. (Even if the line is over an hour long.) Pile up with wonderful books from our library, take each night to read stories. Attend local churches, Christmas events, baking together. Remembering the much less fortunate, remember how lucky we are; and not how sad for the presents we can not purchase. This time of year is about the birthday for Jesus. The event my daughter remembers most is : Last year we decorated a birthday cake for Jesus. She asked tonight if we were going to do this again. I think that's a great idea! Please scale back the craziness that comes with the holiday season. Get back to a simple time of just plain enjoying each other. Not ending up Christmas Eve so tired that you are not able to enjoy the season.

Friday, November 28, 2008

"Traditions" Santa Visit

Sunday, November 23, 2008

We told the Kids today


Well after dinner, M & M were told of the new sister they are going to have. We gave them each a photo of her. We told them some of the details then asked them if they had any questions. Big sister M, "What is her favorite food?", "What is her favorite animal", Big brother M, "Will she have stinky pants?" and "I will do everything for her." There you go from the mouths of babes! I still don't think they have a full grasp of how their world is going to be rocked! So for now we will enjoy the pending wait and prepare Big Sister and Big Brother the best we can. Hopefully the school will do a unit on Ethiopia, that would be neat.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday big A Look whos 7!

Friday, November 21, 2008

What is Teff?


Cooking Injera Bread with Teff Flour (With the soaring cost of grain, its very hard to afford this daily staple in Ethiopia.) 100 KG (220 lbs) of Teff Flour will feed a family for 6months.

Tef (Eragrostis tef) is a significant crop in only one country in the world—Ethiopia. There, however, its production exceeds that of most other cereals. Each year, Ethiopian farmers plant almost 1.4 million hectares of tef,1 and they produce 0.9 million tons of grain, or about a quarter of the country's total cereals.2

The grain is especially popular in the western provinces, where people prefer it to all other cereals and eat it once or twice (occasionally three times) every day. In that area, tef contributes about two-thirds of the protein to a typical diet.

Most tef is made into injera, a flat, spongy, and slightly sour bread that looks like a giant bubbly pancake the size of a serving tray. People tear off pieces and use them to scoop up spicy stews that constitute the main meals. For the middle and upper classes it is the preferred staple; for the poor it is a luxury they generally cannot afford.

Unlike many of the species in this book, tef is not in decline. Indeed, farmers have steadily increased their plantings in recent years. The area cultivated rose from less than 40 percent of Ethiopia's total cereal area in 1960 to more than 50 percent in 1980.

Tef is so overwhelmingly important in Ethiopia that its absence elsewhere is a mystery. The plant can certainly be grown in many countries. Some has long been produced for food in Yemen, Kenya (near Marsabit), Malawi, and India, for example. Also, the plant is widely grown as a forage for grazing animals in South Africa and Australia.

Now, however, the use of tef as a cereal for humans is transcending the boundaries of Ethiopia. Commercial production has begun in both the United States and South Africa, and international markets are opening up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What costs $366 and makes you go OUCH!



Yellow Fever Infected Areas
These are areas where the virus is present in monkeys and is a potential risk to humans as defined by the World Health Organisation.

Some of these countries demand a yellow fever certificate from travellers as a condition of entry to their country. Many of these, and other countries, will ask you for a certificate if you are entering from an infected country.

That's right, we both got our precious Yellow Fever shots tonight! We also purchased some Odorless Controlled Release Insect Repellent,(made by Passport Health) I guess its the best you can purchase and does not have the chemicals that seep into your skin. Add to that list, Clothing Repellent:stays on the clothes even after many washes, and last by not least Oral Electrolyte "Berry Flavor" and a prescription from good old Best Friend Cipro, suppose to cure diarrhea in 3 pills or less, if it does not then you have other "issues" bugs ect.. (I told the lady just looking at the written prescription "I feel like getting diarrhea right now!) Poor husband, this will be one hell of a ride with me on this trip. However, I promise not to go looking for troubles, no street foods ect... even if they look and smell delicious!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Presenting: Carmen Josephine

(Abyssian Rose: only native rose found on the continent)

Due to Ethiopian laws we will not be able to post any photos of our duaghter until after the adoption is final. This will happen after our court date. Anyway....lets see Eyes like the moon, Eyes that say come and bring me home, Eyes that say why am I standing here for this photo all by myself, fingers as tiny as little sugar sticks that you just want to kiss and kiss, sweet little lips so soft and sweet as a rose petal. A little girl that is needing a family to love her, play with her, cuddle her and make her part of our life.

For families ready for a referral, normally your agency will say: Do you have any questions? Well not at first, most do not...then you get thinking. So this not being our first adoption, I will share my quesiton list with you, feel free to take what you wish.

What is the name of the test performed to come to the results of NEGATIVE for HIV , HB and UDRL?

On the medical report what is HCG?

On the medical report: What is written in the area “other tests” we cannot translate the written words.

On the medical report: for UDRL What is Non-Negative mean?

Are there any known birthparents, family or Siblings known?

What area of Ethiopia is she currently in?

How long before she is transferred out of the Government orphanage?

Does she seem like a happy child?

What are her sleeping arrangements, alone with others, a caregiver?

Is she attached to any caregiver?

Is she on solid food or still bottles?

Is she on formula, Milk, Soy, and Lactose intolerant?

Can she walk yet?

How many teeth?

Where was she found?

What was her heath condition when found?

What was her age and weight when found?

Was a note or any items left with her?

How many orphanages has she been in?

Has she been assigned a Birthday?

Who named her? Does her name have a special meaning?

Are there any medical conditions we should be concerned about?

Can she pick up items?

Does she respond to strangers with fear?

Is she happy when a familiar person approaches her?

Why was she orphaned?

When can we bring her home?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Inquiring Minds wanting to know...


I have been asked by several families what agency are we using. I normally do not refer agencies until I have first hand experience with them. Since our documents are in Ethiopia, I will let you know who we are using...Below is the intial contact info, after you are an approved family, you will be asigned a case worker. I can tell you Ethiopia is a fast moving program with this agency, they have represented us very well, and have kept us informed each step of the way. We have had daily,weekly contact, and each document is fully reviewed before passing onto the next stage. This agency is brand new in Ethiopia, no long lines of families waiting, they have children waiting for families. This path was so encouraging that we left our current agency along with the loss of several thousands of dollars already paid. (some things you can't put a price on...one is piece of mind) So as promised below is the info. Please do the favor of telling Linda I sent you to her, she has been very kind to us, specially in our early stages of trying find a trustworthy agency.

Linda Podas
Adoption Consultant
www.adoptionark.org
linda@adoptionark.org
630-207-0025

DTE Dossier to Ethiopia!


Our most important set of documents arrived in country TODAY Its journey started 11/3 then spent a few days in Germany...then finally arrived in Ethiopia. It actually took 5 days from Germany until it reached Ethiopia. It then waited a few days in Ethiopia until the actual delivery. This in itself is a miracle. I am so happy the documents are in safe hands. If I had realized the schedule of the journey that package was taking, I would of been a little more nuts!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Presidential Proclamation for 2008 National Adoption Month


During National Adoption Month, we recognize the compassion of adoptive and foster families as we seek to raise awareness of the need for every child in America to have a safe, loving, and permanent home.

Adopting a child is a great joy and also a great responsibility. Parents are a child's first teachers, and adoptive families can help children learn character and values, the importance of giving back to their community and country, and the courage to realize their potential. On November 15, caring parents across our Nation will celebrate National Adoption Day by finalizing their adoptions and bringing home children in need of a hopeful life.

My Administration is committed to helping young people find the love, stability, and support that a family can provide. We have joined with community and faith-based organizations to raise public awareness of foster children awaiting adoption. With the help of the Congress, we are assisting families in overcoming the financial barriers to adopting children through programs such as the Adoption Incentives Program. In addition, the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids project, which can be found at adoptuskids.org, provides guidance and resources for parents exploring adoption.

During National Adoption Month, we honor adoptive and foster parents who have shown America the depth and kindness of the human heart. Their love and dedication inspire the next generation of Americans to achieve their dreams and demonstrate the true spirit of our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2008 as National Adoption Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to honor adoptive families and to participate in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fingerprints...


Steven Curtis Chapman \ Fingerprints Of God

I can see the tears filling Your eyes
And I know where they're coming from
They're coming from a heart that's broken in two
By what you don't see
The person in the mirror
Doesn't look like the magazine
Oh, but when I look at you it's clear to me that...

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God's hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art and...

Just look at you
You're a wonder in the making
Oh, and God's not through, no
In fact, He's just getting started and…