The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Maritime Adventures

Well, here we are in New Brunswick...
We've had a great time so far...playing with cousins, playing with grandparents, enjoying the sun,
and family time.

The boys have been really great.
So good that we didn't realize Tait was quite sick until we took him to a walk-in clinic a couple of days ago. He's quite the trooper - a double ear infection, throat infection, and something bad enough in his lungs that it could (have?) turn into bronchitis or worse. Poor guy is on a nebulizer, a steroid inhaler, and antibiotics. We're hoping he gets better really quickly as we are scheduled to leave on Tuesday evening.
We're looking forward to going home...the comforts of a routine and our own beds. This has been a really fun time though as it's the first time Noah will really remember well, all the things we have done.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

How "Imagine Adoption" Got It's Name

On February 14, 2008 Kids Link International (our Ethiopian Facilitator) officially changed it's name to Imagine Adoption. Sue Hayhow, the Executive Director of Imagine explains the reasoning behind this change:

..."International adoption is more than bringing a family and child together. It has a limitless depth to it, which extends globally on multiple levels.

Our core values are pure and life changing for every individual who is touched by the adoption experience...

It all begins with understanding the global need within developing countries – which is where we are moved to action by bringing hope to a needy child, and placing them into a loving Canadian home – thereby bringing ultimate fulfillment to an adoptive parent’s dream. At this point the extended family has a raised level of awareness surrounding the child’s birth country, which provides an opportunity for them to learn more about the “big picture” – and what they can do to address the present global imbalance. Beyond the extended family is the community in which the child will live. We recognize that everyone from neighbors, to elementary school teachers and peers, to local and community services, to provincial bodies, will all influence and be influenced throughout the course of the adopted child’s life.

When you travel to the foreign country to bring your child home, you are ambassadors of Canada – you are bridging the gap between our two countries – which brings the whole process full circle – back to understanding our roles as individuals and families to a world in need."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Great Quotes

I love inspirational quotes. Maybe I get that from my Dad, as he's always got something intelligent and profound to say. Maybe it's that sentimental bone deep down somewhere inside me. Who knows. I stumbled across this one today and it seems fitting as I look ahead to what we have in front of us, and as I think of not only the daily tasks that life throws at us but also just the chaos that "normal" life brings.

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God...