He, She, They, We!

This is who my kid is (he). This is who I am (she). This is who our community is (they). We are all family (we)!

June 27, 2013 8:00 am

Love our sponsor son!  Blessed to have a real relationship with him and his family.  K loves knowing that he has brother in Ethiopia!!!  A is growing up so fast!!!

January 26, 2013 7:00 am

LA Ink “sighting”

Got this message from a fellow adoptive mom who I met 3 years ago at an orphanage reunion!  Blesses me to get messages like this!

Hi C,

You probably don’t remember me, but I met you at the Toukoul reunion in Portland in 2010 during the hair care class. I had just received our referral. Anyway… I’m watching reruns of one of my favorite shows, LA Ink, on Netflix and up walks this woman to the door. I immediately think, “That woman looks so familiar. Who is that woman? How do I know her?” Next thing I see is a beautiful picture of an adorable little Ethiopian.  Ah ha! It took me 1/2 second to realize where I had seen your face. So fun!

And beautiful tattoo!!!

Have a blessed day.

November 10, 2012 8:25 am

Day 10—National Adoption Awareness Month!  I am so very thankful for our community of families who share our journey to being a family.  K and I are blessed with friends who look like us, know the “lingo” and who are passionate about giving kids forever families and a loving home!  Our life is full and we know how truly blessed we are to be surrounded by people who “get” it!

October 18, 2012 4:43 am

Water Campaign Update

Back in 2010, I decided that for our birthdays, K and I would do a water campaign through Charity Water.  For those of you who know about Charity Water, they are pretty amazing.  They are a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and we prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map.   

We raised $1424.00 and we finally got the update of how that money was used.  I am so happy to announce that the money was dedicated to two villages in the Tigray region of Ethiopia!  

If you don’t know, K-man is Tigray!  I couldn’t be happier that we have helped people in the region where my son was born.   Along with other birthday, anniversary, and “running” campaigns—over 580 people in two villages were helped and given access to clean drinking water.

Please be aware that 34 million people die each year from water related diseases.  Every 20 seconds, a child dies from water related illness.  Women, world wide, spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.  780 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water.  Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water.  By investing in clean water alone, young children around the world can gain more than 413 million days of health!  1 in 8 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.

I don’t give you these statistics to guilt you.  I want you to be informed.  Information should move you to do something about it.  I hope that it does.  As we approach my 40th birthday and K’s 5th birthday, I plan on doing another water campaign this year.  It is my desire that people have access to something as “simple” as clean drinking water!  Please know that we can ALL do something for someone else.  We can all show love to our neighbors—no matter where they live!  

October 12, 2012 6:57 am
For all the Ethiopians!  For my son!  For his birth country!

For all the Ethiopians!  For my son!  For his birth country!

August 24, 2012 8:58 pm
K-man’s sponsor brother/my sponsor son!  We love you Addisu!

K-man’s sponsor brother/my sponsor son!  We love you Addisu!

August 7, 2012 12:26 pm


K has become obsessed with learning how to spell and sounding words out.  It’s the age, I get it.  And I am loving that he is asking about letters and words and how to us them together to form sentences.  What’s so funny is that he has become increasingly more aware of how to spell his friends names.  He clearly knows how to spell his name, my name (MOM), his Nana’s name.  He hasn’t quite mastered “Grandpa”, but I am sure that’s just around the corner.  However, he has wanted to know how to spell his “brother” and “sister’s” name.  Clearly, he is an only child, but all of his brown friends who are from Ethiopia are considered, in his mind, his brothers and sisters. 


So, having said that, his sister’s names are a little more difficult. All of them have longer names that his.  But not his brother.  There is only one boy in our group who he hangs out with on a consistent basis, and thank ya Jesus, his name only have 3 letters.  His “brother’s” name is Eli.  So, the other day, he kept asking me, how do you spell his name?  When I said, E. L. I.  He kept repeating E. L. ME.  I kept correcting him until I realized that he thought I was saying “I” and he was translating it to “ME”, all I could do was laugh.  Yes son, your “brothers” name is spelled E-L-ME.

July 2, 2012 1:39 pm

While in DC, all he could focus on was that the President has a dog and we MIGHT see it running around.  Forget that we MIGHT see the President—it’s their dog we wanna see!