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July 29, 2009

Our first homestudy appointment is done!  Yay!

Our last one is planned for August 16.   I’m still thinking it might be possible to have the homestudy done by the end of the summer!

I am hoping we can have everything (homestudy, dossier, immigration, etc) done by the beginning of October and have it all sent to Uganda.  WHEW!

July 29, 2009

Ireland – Limerick

After our stay in Belfast we decided to spend a day in Limerick.  We basically had a free day this day, and didn’t know where we wanted to go.  We found a cheap hotel in Limerick on the River Shannon so we just went for it!   We had a good day just wandering around with no real plan.  We walked around the river, took some pictures.  The river Shannon had TONS of swans – they were beautiful!  We found a great little pub playing traditional Irish music that evening and had a fun time there.  It was a good relaxing day before our adventures in Galway!  Unfortunately I took very few pictures. Seriously – like 10.  Well, here are two pics of the River Shannon.

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July 26, 2009

Did you know, Reeces Rainbow has a completely  redesigned website.  There are so many precious children in need of families.   In particular please check out their most at risk children.  These are the kids who will soon be transfered into institutions.   Instituations in many of these countries are horrible, horrible places.  They are no place for a child.

July 24, 2009

Day 4 in Ireland

We spent this day at the Giants Causeway.  It was really, really cool.  I won’t write a lot about it and will just post the pictures.

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Our teeny tiny hostel bedroom.

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Countryside

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Countryside

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More view from Northern Ireland

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Giants Causeway

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July 24, 2009

I have made a page where people can see the updated pictures we’ve gotten of our sweet Schnider baby since he’s gone back to his family in October.  I will try to keep it updated.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

July 23, 2009

Day 3 in Ireland

After escaping the crazy man in Longford we headed to the train station to catch our train to Belfast.  Today was to be a long day of travel.  It was a 2 hour train ride back to Dublin, then a 3 hour train ride up to Belfast.   We were able to get seats on the train to Dublin but shortly after we got on, the train started filling up  – then filled up some more – then it overflowed.  It was so crowded that people were sitting in the aisle – one girl joked she would have to go and just sit on the toilet in order to find a place to sit.  It was sooo crowded.  They made an announcement that they would be bringing a bus down and that people who couldn’t find a place to sit could take the bus service to Dublin.  Hardly anyone moved….so Keith and I decided to give up our seats and take the bus.   It was actually a fairly pleasant ride and we got to see a lot more of the countryside than you can see from the train.  We arrived in Dublin and decided that the bus wasn’t too bad, so we decided to take the bus up to Belfast.  Wrong choice.   The trip to Belfast is a long one, and I was soooo car sick winding through the little town and up and down hills.   Ugh.  I told Keith no more busses.  

We arrived in Belfast in the early evening and proceeded to find our hostel.  We stayed at the International Youth Hostel in Belfast.   It was pretty nice – but we weren’t able to get a double room, so we ended up in a twin.  It is tiinnnny.  And the bathrooms (all shared with a bunch of other people) were really gross.  But – for $50 a night, right downtown, it was worth it.  There were no hotels close-by that could even come close to that price in Belfast.  We were able to walk the city and look around.  It was a very busy and neat city. 

We found a restaurant downtown (Tony Roma’s) – and met the Texan owner.  We had never heard of Tony Romas but she told us it is a chain the US.  Funny that we chose to eat at a Texan restaurant in Belfast.   We weren’t too impressed but that’s OK.  After dinner we were walking around the city and saw a sign that said something like “Belfast Tours” and a taxi was parked beside it.  We said, what the heck….and asked for a tour.  I am SO glad we did.  Our taxi driver was so nice and gave us an awesome political tour of Belfast.  We learned so much about what has happened in Northern Ireland, and what is still happening.   You can google it to get more information or check out this link:  http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/events/index.html    We had no idea what a divided city Belfast still was and how much violence and fighting is still going on.  Here are some pictures:

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One of the many scary murals painted in the Protestant part of town.  We visited what I can only describe as the projects of Belfast where there is a lot of violence.

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Another mural. This one not so scary.

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House that was burned out.  From what our guide was telling us, this is a fairly common form of “punishment”.

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The wall in the middle of the city that seperates the protestant side of the city and the catholic side of the city.

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 The “Peace Wall”

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Keith signing the peace wall.  I signed too, a little further down the wall.

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Families who live along side the fence built these cages on the backs of their homes to keep the fire bombs and other things from getting into their house when launched from the other side.  This picture was taken on the Catholic side of the fence.

July 22, 2009

Happy Uganda adoption news!

Several families adopting from Uganda have gotten guardianship approval in the last couple of days and will be bringing their children home soon!  What an exciting time….

Tanya received approval for her daughter at the beginning of the month.  She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to bring her little boy home too, or not – but she got the approval and will be bringing home both of her beautiful children. 

This family just received approval for their baby boy and so did this family!  I’m so excited for all of them.  Yippee!!

July 21, 2009

Adoption Update:

We have our first homestudy appointment scheduled!  This Sunday at 3pm.  We’re actually, FINALLY getting somewhere. 

We also heard back from our agency that we’ve been officially accepted into the Uganda program.   We have an orientation conference call on Wednesday at 4:30pm. 

So our next steps:

-Complete the homestudy (hopefully by the end of the summer)
– File our I-600A (as soon as we have $830, hopefully soon)
– Put together our dossier
– Once the homestudy, I-600A and dossier are complete, we’ll turn everything in and be ready to receive a referral!

July 20, 2009

I found this article below today – this is the home that our agency will be placing children from.  I’m so excited to see the progress!

Loving Hearts building, to be a home for 30 abandoned children

Loving Hearts building, to be a home for 30 abandoned children

Africa Renewal Ministries now has a babies home as the latest program added to its 10 programs. Loving Hearts Babies Home, located in Bunga, 5 minutes away from Ggaba, is dedicated to caring for abandoned babies ages 0 – 2 years and finding them loving, Christian families to be raised by.
 
By July, 2009 we will be open to receive abandoned babies from the local area. Our goal is to be ready to place some children into loving homes within the first few months of operating.

Volunteers are needed all year round beginning July 2009! 

Item and monetary donations are also needed for the start up and running of the Home. 
  If you would like to volunteer this summer, make a donation, or if you need more information, please contact  kennethr@africarenewal.org

ARM Opens Babies’ Home

Published Monday, June 22, 2009 by Peace