Archive for March, 2009

March 30, 2009

I Heart Faces – Week 12: Pouting

This weeks theme is “Pouting”.   We see this face a lot. 



March 30, 2009


I’m not going to give my opinions on the whole Madonna debate.  But seriously, this article makes me mad. 

“You cannot literally take every poor child who may only have one parent living, or no parent living, across the world and transport them all into Kensington in London,” said Save the ChildrenUK’s Dominic Nutt in an interview with the BBC’s Newshour program.

Ok.  Seriously, what a statement.  Everyone in the world knows you can’t take every poor child in the world and put them in London.  

 But – I didn’t think they were talking about a “poor” child – I thought this was a full orphan.  A child with no parents.  A child growing up in an institution (orphanage).  Is it really better for a child to spend the rest of their life in an institution without a family just for the sake of being in their own country?  Does he know the statistics of what happens to children when they “age out” of an orphanage/institution?  And to grow up with no family?  To never have a family?  Just so that the child can stay in the country where they were born?  I just have a hard time believing that is really in the child’s best interest.  

Thoughts and opinions anyone?

March 29, 2009

These last couple of days have been pretty nice.  Just relaxing, hanging out at home type days.  I like those.  :) 

On Friday night I ran across a posting about a baby in WI that needs a family.  He was  a preemie born at 23 weeks!  What a miracle that babies that young can survive.  He’s 5 months old now and stable.  I don’t know much, but if he’s still in need of a home hopefully they will send us more information.  Just keeping our options open :)

Yesterday we had a spaghetti dinner at church.  Everyone brought their own version of spaghetti and bread.  You’ve never seen so much spaghetti…it was nuts.  I made baked spaghetti – which I’ve never done before.  I think it turned out well.   I also made a great “Fruit Pizza” for desert and oh my gosh, it was so yummy.  I’ve never made it before, but will be making it again.  Yum. 

My mom just called a little bit ago and said that while my aunt and uncle (and their 5 children) were driving home from vacation a huge turkey hit them head on.  It not only busted out the windshield but tore up part of the roof!   My mom is on her way to meet them and drive them home.  Crazy!  I’m so glad they are all OK. 

I haven’t heard anything about Schnider for a while (since my mom was there in January) and I’m getting so antsy!  Lori thinks they might be coming down soon.  Oh man, I miss him.  Do you get tired of me saying that?  Well, its true…I just can’t help it.   :)

More later…

March 27, 2009

The other day I was cruising an airlines website looking at good deals and found a cheap flight to Managua, Nicaragua. The flight is $136. Now I’m seriously thinking about putting together a trip around this flight. Anyone interested in joining me on a short trip to Nicaragua at the end of April? The flight leaves from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I knew nothing (and still know very little) about Nicaragua but when doing some research on Managua I can across many references to La Cheruca. Look it up. I’d love to volunteer my time for a few days helping the people who live here.

March 26, 2009

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March 23, 2009

This is my entry for this weeks I Heart Faces Contest

This weeks theme:  No Flash!

I love this picture of Schnider.  His little face peeking around the edge of the porch is so cute!  


March 23, 2009


Today I picked up an old copy of TIME magazine my mom had sitting around.  I flipped it open and the article it opened to was called “The $10 Solution” and was about malaria in Africa.    About 2 million kids a year die of malaria in Africa.  2 million!  I continued reading the article and their “solution” to the problem just blew me away.   They said that a comprehensive malaria prevention program in Africa would cost approximately $4.50 per person.  that includes malaria control, nets, medicine, education, etc.  $4.5o per person, or approximately $3 billion a year for the entire continent.   Here is a quote from the article:

“Let me put the $3 billion in perspective: there are a billion of us in the high-income world–that amounts to $3 a person, or one Starbucks coffee a year. It’s around 12.5% of the estimated $24 billion in Wall Street’s Christmas bonuses. ”

Amazing to think about isn’t it?  That we could potentially save 2 million lives.   When are we going to make these children’s lives a priority?  It makes me sad to think about the $24 billion Wall Street bonuses but I also feel sad when I think about how many “treats” I could give up. 

I added a new link to my sidebar.  Check out Nothing But Nets and if you feel led – donate.  

You can read the TIMES article HERE.

March 21, 2009

Random Things

1. I am soooo ready for spring.   I can’t wait for it to get warm and STAY WARM.  
2. In the last couple of days F. has taken calling our parents “Mama and Papa”.  He asked first “Mommy, can I call you Mama now?” and “Daddy, can I call you Papa now?”  They said Ok, and its been that way.  I have no idea why or where he even heard people call their parents Mama and Papa.  Weird.
3. I went to the zoo and to dinner with my mom and the kids the other day.  Over dinner we were talking about a little girl that I found out about that is available for adoption.  She is from Korea and we inquired about her, but our agency can’t place Korean children in our state (no clue why).  But anyway, I was telling my mom about her and said her name (a very Korean three word name) and K. looked at me pleadingly and said “Can’t you get a baby with an easier name?!”  So funny.  I personally loved her name and thought it was adorable, but I can tell how it would be a mouthful for a 6 year old. 
4.  F. has randomly been pointing out African and African-American people when we’re out and about and announcing loudly – “look, those people are brown like me!”  We’ve gotten a couple of chuckles, and a couple of people that look at us like we’re some kind of crazy people.  Oh well. 
5. Still no new home for our pitbull boy.  He’s a super sweet guy.  He’s also very strong.  My mom wants to train him to pull a cart.  Anyone know how to build a dog cart? 
6.  Did I mention that I hope it gets warm soon?  :)


March 19, 2009

Many months ago Keith and I looked into the possibility of adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We found a group called Our Family Adoptions and were really impressed with them. I spoke at length with the director on the phone. We decided that it wasn’t going to be the right program for our family right now, but I have had a continued interest in the DRC since then. I saw this on youtube and thought I’d share.

If anyone is interested in adopting from the DRC – you can check out their website HERE.
And HERE is the website for the orphanage that they work with.

Also, here are some blogs from families adopting from the DRC: (adopting the little baby boy we considered)

March 16, 2009

Anyone want a super sweet dog?

We’ve rescued 2 dogs in the last month.  The first, I’m pretty sure my mom is going to keep.  He’s adorable and is a sweetie. F. has already claimed him and “his” dog.   The second I really need to find a good home for.   Before I saw him I was told by the people that found him that he was a mastiff or st. Bernard cross.  I have a St. Bernard and l.o.v.e. giant breeds so I immediately told her we would find a home for him in order to keep him from going to the pound to be euthanized.  Well, he’s not a saint or mastiff mix – but is most definitely a pitbull cross.  a large pitbull cross – maybe crossed with some type of shepherd.  he’s very handsome and very sweet, but unfortunately most people around here won’t even consider pitbull crosses.  :(  I don’t know what we’re going to do with him.  Keith says no to us keeping him.   My mom is up to 10 dogs right now and can’t keep him.   I’ve contact all the rescues and no-kill shelters I could find online in Ohio and they are all full or said they don’t take pitbull or pb mixes.   Poor guy.  I hope we can find a home for him soon.