How to Use This Blog

A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
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.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
And, please link to The Wayfarer Adoption Blog by putting my button on
your blog so others can use this resource too. Please link to this blog when ever you can and whenever you re-post things (or images) you have found here. Thanks!
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Welcome to the journey!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring is here!-updated with a video clip

Well the snow is melting rapidly!!! The pond is full and the frogs are croaking. Today I re-dug ditches on the driveway for the melting snow to run off instead of make lots of mud. Fun fun fun. Actually I really do enjoy the physical work. I have more leveling to do once the snow on top is mostly gone. It is the best time to work that clay soil.
This afternoon the kids all went out to play after school and got into the pond. They floated around on an inner tube pushing them selves around with some ski poles. It looked like a lot of fun. Mud boots are a necessity around here. When I called them in for dinner they all needed showers before they could come in the house they were soooooo muddy. So, we had a late dinner. Sign of warmer weather. Our family "lives" outside when ever it is warm and we end up eating dinner around 7 because even mommy is so distracted by the lovely out of doors that she forgets to make dinner. :)

I was thinking about all the signs of happy childhood around our house. Upstairs there is a mess around the Barbie house all the time, cardboard food and clay dishes, tissue box beds and fabric scrap linens. What creative fun. Downstairs there are art things out all the time and blocks and cars. I find rocks and sticks everywhere. Outside there are bikes and scooters all over the place. Trucks and shovels in the sandbox. Right now there are mud boots and crocks everywhere. Dirt in the laundry room and a wash going most of the time. Windows open and doors banging with the coming and going of children. Laughter and joyful discovery at every turn. I remember my happy childhood with similar things. I am blessed to have four very happy children. And I love watching them play together.

Happy Spring! Summer is coming! I can not wait!


  1. what heartwarming thoughts. thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks like fun! Lucky kids : )

  3. Delighted to meet you! We are just beginning our journey of adoption from Ethiopia. As we trek along the windy path ahead of us, I'm sure we will find encouragement and joy here to shed light on our path.

    Blessings from Costa Rica,
    Sarah Dawn


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