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!
The solid tabs are links to my other blogs for books and family. Check them out if you are interested.
Welcome to the journey!

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Song and video on adoption

Steven Curtis Chapman, Christian singer and song writer, and long time advocate of adoption has teamed up with Veggie Tales to give us this beautiful clip of what I hope is going to be a great new Veggie Tales movie. It features adoption!
It's A Meaningful Life is scheduled to be out for Christmas and can be pre-ordered at Christan book stores and on line. Learn about the movie
The song: You Were Meant To Be, by Steven Curtis Chapman. See it here.
The video and song are beautiful and include families that have adopted internationally, and inter-racially.
It is worth a look and sharing with those you know and love.
Look here for all the details  of the partnership of ShowHope and Veggie Tales and this Christmas effort to raise money for orphans.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Africa pendant available

 These hand crafted pendants are a unique way to show your love for Africa and your support of Ethiopian Adoptions. Tess, adoptive mom,  is making these to sell because she got so many compliments on hers.  Of course as an adoptive parent you know your money goes to a good cause too.

The pewter pendant has a pressed pattern into it and a heart can be cut out anywere in Africa.  The copper one has a silver inlay that can say anything you want and in any font. This includes a heart cut out anywhere in Africa that you want.  The pewter is $15 ($10 each if you order more than 4). The copper is $15 without the silver inlay and $20 with the silver inlay($10 if you order more than 4 without silver and $15 each if you order more than 4 with silver).  My contact info is: Tess O'Day 260-609-3001.

new blog for hair!

There is a new blog for hair care for girls! Go check out Marlies Hair! Cute. Great ideas and product suggestions.

Monday, August 16, 2010

school, letter to teachers, ELL

WOW! It is time for school already! I am getting my four kids ready for school. I have a 7th grader, a 5th grader, a Kindergartner and a Pre K. Well, I have written my 4th annual letter to the teacher regarding Asperger's and now I am getting ready to write the first of many annual letters to the teacher regarding adoption. So, I thought I would post about resources on that topic.

Here are some sites that deal with school readiness for your recently adopted school age or pre school child.

Helping your child answer odd and intrusive questions from peers, when you are not there to help:

Language and getting ELL services:
ELL  program to use at home?

Some other sites that talk about school interaction and teacher letters. 
if you need to inform teachers about attachment issues:

more hand outs for teachers:

In my opinion the following link is the ONE STOP for all adoption and school related information:
Hoping this gives you somewhere to start and great resources for Back To School!
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The content on The Wayfarer:Ethiopian Adoption Resource Blog is for informational purposes only. We are adoptive parents, but we are not professionals. The opinions and suggestions expressed here are not intended to replace professional evaluation or therapy, or to supersede your agency. We assume no responsibility in the decisions that families make for their children and families. There are many links on this blog. We believe these other sites have valuable information, but we do not necessarily share all of the opinions or positions represented by each site, nor have we fully researched every aspect of each link. Please keep this in mind when visiting the links from this page.
Thank You.

A Links Disclaimer

I post a lot of links. I do so because I feel that the particular page has good information and much to offer. I do not necessarily support all that each site has to say or promote. I trust you to sift the links for information you feel is worthwhile to you. Each person's story and situation are unique and different things will be useful or not useful to each one in different ways. Please use your own discretion when accessing links and information.