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Friday, January 20, 2012

May they hear my calling...and come back home some day

Precious song - Dartmouth University's a capella group sings a special song in honor of the East African famine. I feel like they spoke the very words filling my heart each day. "I'm lonesome for my precious children, they live so far away, oh may they hear my calling, and come home some day.",AAAAADraVCk~,_iousidU67F4p_MQwYYMqwTlZK8h4hDh&bctid=1402752033001

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It Takes a Village

It's Christmas Eve and I'm sitting with my family, drinking coffee, snuggling with nieces and nephews and thinking about all the ways God has blessed us over the last 12 months.

He gave me a new job which I absolutely love. He blessed Josh with another year of teaching in Arlington. He put us in a fabulous church and lifegroup full of people who challenge us, love us and bring us joy. He got us through one year on the waiting list for our children. I could go on and on. But, one of the blessings this year that will forever be close to my heart was the Both Hands project we did through Lifesong for Orphans.

Twenty of our dearest friends came together to help us raise money for our adoption. We worked with a widow "Nanny" who was in need of home and landscape repairs. We planted gardens, painted awnings, cleaned gutters, trimmed trees, fixed plumbing and electrical problems inside. We gave her presents and hugs and reminded her of how thankful we are that she allowed us to serve her like she has spent her life serving others. Our goal is to raise $10,000 and we are getting closer. Here is the video highlighting our project!! It was a great day and I can't wait to share with my children how much they were loved before they were known!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Engaging Food Battles while connecting with your children

Children from hard places often struggle with a variety of food-related issues. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis offers insights and strategies to help parents engage food battles with connection in mind.

Engaging Food Battles with Connection in Mind from Tapestry on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The War Against International Adoption

Great blog today from Aaron Klein.

“Largely deprived of the human touch as they grow up, those who survive physically are unlikely to develop emotionally and mentally in ways that will make it possible for them to relate meaningfully and happily to either human beings, or to learn or work in meaningful ways. The longer they spent in such orphanages, the less chance they will have are anything resembling normal development.” Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Project.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Enkutatas, Happy New Year!

September 11th marks the new year celebration, Enkutatas, in Ethiopia! As the close to the rainy season draws near, Ethiopians enjoy celebrating the spring-like arrival of their new year.  It is also the Feast of St. John the Baptist. The day is called Enkutatas meaning the "gift of jewels." When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. After dark on New Year's Eve people light fires outside their houses. 

The main religious celebration takes place at the 14th-century Kostete Yohannes church in the city of Gaynt within the Gondar Region. Three days of prayers, psalms, and hymns, sermons, and massive colorful processions mark the advent of the New Year. Closer to Addis Ababa, the Raguel Church, on top of the Entoto Mountain north of the city, has the largest and most spectacular religious celebration. But Enkutatas is not exclusively a religious holiday, and the little girls singing and dancing in pretty new dresses among the flowers in the fields convey the message of springtime and renewed life. Today's Enkutatas is also the season for exchanging formal New Year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated in lieu of the traditional bouquet of flowers. 

When meeting friends and neighbors on the new year, Amharic speakers share the greeting, “Enquan laddis amet aderesachuh,” or, “wishing you all a happy new year.”