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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Monday, August 11, 2008


hi all,
There are a lot of families here! All of us have boys, some are babies, then a set of twins 12-18 months old. Just doing the army crawl. Small!!! I am sooo glad our boys are older than that. Then another just 3 year old who is tiny. Then our boys. i saw a 4 year old adn he is for sure older than our boys in every way. Two families are from Denmark! Please pray for the youngest baby. 4 months old, he is only 5 pounds. He is bonding well with mommy and eating high calorie formula! :) alert and well. However, he has shigelia and dehydration and has been admited to the hospital. Dave had shigelia in Bolivia. It is bad, but very common. waterborn bacterial infection. Please pray for his recovery and his momma and auntie to feel reassured.

We had s cheduled to visit our compasion child today all of us. With the new regulation s we had to leav the boys at the house with a baby sitter when this was posed to them as an idea, it was wildly unpopular!!!!!! so, daddy stayed. It was SOOOOOOOO Dissappointing to not be able to all go. But, it is the way it is. We took at taxi to the main office, met the translator and went to the chuch where the center is. We met the boy we s ponsor and his mother there. they asked to to their home. we went in the taxi part of the way and walked in on a hiking path the rest of the way. it was slippery with the mud of rainy season. Their home is a one room smaller than our room at the house here. There was a cot and three beches and a small table. Behind a curtain was the box of kitchen items and more blankets. They gave us bread and tea. the bread is getting expensive, what a sacrifice for them. Also the tea was quite possibly the best tea i
have every had. of course they use a ton of sugar here in all the tea adn coffee. It had a cinnamon taste. I will t ry to buy some. In bolvia we only saw this sort of poverty from a distance . I had never been in the home. Beautiful family, I believe the mom had been to high school as she spoke english some. I was so blessed to see them and to know they all attend the evangelical church there. We gave all the gifts and they were very happy. We are not allowed to give money so when we get home we will give the gift we intended to give. The family was previously homeless, living in a shelter of scavenged plastic taped together. They saved up and bought the supplies to build the house they liv in now. it is not government owned but not really owned by anyone. they could be kicked out of the area any time along with the hundeds of neighbors. I suspect it is not likely. However they may be given a fine repeatedly. the view from their house "yard" is
stunning. It looks down on lush vally with a river you can hear well. eucaplitice trees adn all sorts of foliage. it was so b eautiful. i said how much i liked it and they thought that was odd. :) ALL THE children go to school. We walked out and back to the taxi. Children wanted to talk english. one question they ask is how old are you? I told them 36! They look at me with wide eyes. I don't know what they think.
This afternoon i stayed with the boys adn Dave and the girls went to confirm our tickets home-good., and to the museum where Lucy is. oldest human remains - well almost. they were allowed to take photos so we will trade stories this evening after the boys go to bed.
Today the boys were very very good. Fun, cute loving. We read a book that is a my fisrst words book. They say all the words afer me. So cute.

dinner is nearly ready and the boys are wild with excitemten this evening. so by for now.

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