Archive for February, 2009

February 26, 2009

AHOPE T-Shirts

I saw this on another blog and wanted to share it here.  I ordered one of these shirts.  What a great way to spread awareness of the children in Ethiopia affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. 

There’s a movement growing. Everyday in the Western world someone’s eyes are opened to the orphan crisis that’s ravaging the developing countries. The problem seems so large and we seem so insignificant. We can make a difference though. By raising awareness we foster a community and as a community we can provide. We’re asking you to help us in creating that community. World AIDS Orphan Day is May 7th. The AHOPE Storehas developed a t-shirt to commemorate this day and the community of supporters that are growing year after year. Please join us in raising awareness. It’s simple. Order our newest t-shirt from the AHOPE Store for a $10 donation. (All proceeds go towards care of the children served by AHOPE.) Wear your shirt as often as possible, and especially on World AIDS Orphan Day. It will serve as a reminder to your community. It may even create a dialogue. That dialogue could open someone’s eyes. You might inspire them to do more, give more. We are asking you to join us in creating a community that is committed to orphan care. After seeing what one little t-shirt can you might be inspired yourself. If that’s the case be sure to check out the World AIDS Orphan Day website. Here you can find further information on this grassroots campaign and how to organize an event in your area. The campaign was founded by FXB International in 2002 and continues to grow year after year.

To order your shirts, please visit For orders of 20 or more please contact Marissa Baker at Thank you very much for your support of AHOPE! Please share this on your blogs and through email. We are excited about this shirt and hope that you will be too!
February 26, 2009

Haitian cuties…

A picture from today.
K. (6.5 years old) and F. (4 years old)


February 24, 2009

This is what was found on the camera after K. and F. had it for a few minutes the other day.  I think its so fun to see what they deem “photo worthy” in their world.  

Inside of K’s dollhouse:


The cat looking at himself in a mirror:


A silly face:


K.’s pumpkin painting on the fridge:


F.’s animal box:


February 24, 2009

I picked up certified copies of our marriage certificate today and was so excited to check something off our checklist.  One step forward, 7 million to go!  :)

February 23, 2009

I added a new photography page to my blog.  Check it out! 

Right now I have some of my favorite photographs from Haiti up.  They are for sale as well – so if you would like a beautiful print for your home or office let me know.  I have a couple of them framed and up in my house and we LOVE them.  I also have a show going on right now here in Ohio – so if you are in Ohio and are interested let me know and I can tell you where it is.  OK – enough shameless self-promotion.  :)

February 23, 2009

Adoption Update

As most of you have probably seen/heard – we have officially signed for WACAP’s Ethiopia program! 

We are very excited and have started the ‘paper chase’.  We probably have a couple of months worth of paperwork to do.  After we get all of our paperwork done and turned in – we’ll be ready to find a child that needs a family.   We’ve put in our paperwork that we’d like to adopt 1 or 2 children under age 5 and are hoping to adopt a child(ren) with special needs.  

I will continue to keep our “adoption” page updated as we progress along.  

Did I mention we’re excited?  :)


February 20, 2009

My parents found out yesterday that M.’s dossier is in 1st legalization.  Yay!  It got to Haiti and into 1st legal very quickly. 

For people who aren’t familiar with the Haitian adoption process – 1st legal is the first step in the adoption process. 

Anyone in the Haitian adoption world know how long 1st legal is taking right now?


February 19, 2009

So, yesterday I dropped off all my prints at the photography store to get them mounted and matted.  Tomorrow I’m headed over to my grandfathers and we’ll be getting them framed.  I have to have everything hung by 8am on Sat. morning.  I think its all going to come together nicely. 

Here is another favorite:


F. had a small birthday party yesterday at home.  His big party is coming up this weekend.  He said yesterday “This is the best birthday EVER!”.  LOL.  Keith and I got him a giant trash truck that he went crazy over.  It’s huge and he loves trash trucks.  Silly boy…

Adoption wise – we’re waiting for our adoption binder to come in the mail.  We’re also waiting for some money to come in for the first payment of our homestudy.  It’s supposed to be coming soon, so once we have it we can send in our homestudy forms and get a date for our home visit.  Things are moving along!  Yay!

February 18, 2009

Guess who’s 4 years old today?


February 16, 2009


On Saturday I have an art show at a local coffee house.  I have never done anything like this before and am freaking out a little bit.   LOL.
Today I am off to a nearby town to the craft store there so I can try to find pre-cut mats for my photographs.  My grandfather (who is a photographer) will be helping me put my photos together this week and get them framed.  They have to be in the coffee house and hung by 8am on Sat. morning.  I’ve got 5 days to get myself together and make it look good.  Oi.  I’ll try to post pictures at some point.  :) 

Below is one of my favorites and one of the photos that will be in the show.