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Things I’ve Learned In Kindergarten

Things I’ve Learned In Kindergarten

I’ve been spending a lot of time in kindergarten lately: one to four hours every day. It’s been an enlightening experience and I’ve learned a lot from these five and six year olds, especially in the body science class. 😬 (Kindergarten is a whole lot different these days!)

This Is Hard

This Is Hard

This is hard. Really hard. It’s rewarding. And amazing. And infinitely difficult. Sometimes expectations are too high. A lot of the time. Sometimes things click and it’s incredible. And inspiring. And then there’s the times nothing clicks. It all seems impossible. I...

Things That Are New To Stanley

Things That Are New To Stanley

Things that are new to Stanley (in no particular order): -air hand dryers in the bathroom -airplane rides -playing in the bathtub (bubbles are a hit!) -jackets (not a lot of jackets necessary in Haiti) -microwaves -putting your own ornaments on your Christmas tree...

Bringing Stanley Home

Bringing Stanley Home

Written Thursday, December 5 We’ve been on the plane for three hours. It’ll be time to land in Dallas soon. Then we’ll have nine hours to try and sleep at the airport before we leave for Miami. We’ll have a quick layover and then we’ll board our flight for Port Au...

Helpless

Helpless

Helpless: deprived of strength or power; powerless; incapacitated. Helpless: the only word that fits this situation. Haiti's citizens are in a state of desperation. They are trying to create a better country for themselves and right now that is resulting in chaos:...

Turning Darkness to Light

Turning Darkness to Light

Imagine a world of darkness; a world that you can hear, touch, smell and even taste, but can’t see. That is the reality for 36 million people worldwide. 36 million people around the world are blind. But 28.8 million of them don't have to be because 80% of blindness is...

Meeting Stanley… There Are No Words

Meeting Stanley… There Are No Words

There really are no words. I’ve tried writing this post four or five times now. I don’t know how to start or what to write. Or how to describe any of it... How do I write about the culture shock of Haiti? How do I write about the sounds and the smells and the chaos?...

We Have Some News…

We Have Some News…

Sooooooo.... we have some news. 😍 As many of you know, Mark and I signed up to adopt from Ethiopia in February 2008. After numerous home study visits with a social worker, endless amounts of paperwork (bank statements, letters of employment, reference letters,...

The 180

The 180

The ability children have to do a 180 never ceases to amaze me. Smiling to frowning, happy to sad, content to infuriated all in a matter of seconds. One minute the birds are singing, the sun is shining and all is right in the world. The next minute the gates of hell...

Always Hold Her Hair Back

Always Hold Her Hair Back

Sometimes you are able to teach your children things that you know will benefit them in the future. You impart your wisdom onto them. You share your life experiences with them. You teach them things like how to study for an exam, the importance of sunscreen, good...