An Amazing True Story

One of Joel’s clients recommended the movie Lion to us (now playing in theatres).  It’s based on the incredible true story of a young Indian boy who accidentally gets separated from his family and eventually ends up in an orphanage hundreds of miles away.  He is internationally adopted and grows up in Australia, supported and…

Staying the Course

We haven’t posted in awhile because very little has changed in the past several months with respect to our adoption process.  Riya’s children are still in the orphanage, and unfortunately are not yet available to be matched with us. A few days ago, however, we did get some updated information from our adoption agency.  We…

Two small steps forward

Hi everyone!  By this point we were really hoping to be able to tell you that we’d been matched with Riya’s children, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet.  However, we do have two pieces of good news to share. First, we are over half way to our funding goal!  That’s very encouraging, and we feel…

42 Dozen Cookies!

A long-time friend of Amy’s family, Lynda Paulson, offered to make special Scandinavian Christmas cookies and have them for sale to help raise funds for our adoption.  We readily agreed – Lynda makes krumkake, a traditional Norwegian waffle cookie (yes, I looked it up on Wikipedia), and they are as tasty as they are beautiful.  Amy then…

Peacock Trot Follow Up

A huge thank you to everyone who came out for the Peacock Trot on Thanksgiving.  It was a great morning for a 5k, and over 40 people participated!  We received $946 in adoption donations, which we are especially grateful for this Thanksgiving.  We had so much fun that we’re anticipating making the Peacock Trot an…

You’re Invited: the Peacock Trot!

Our neighborhood friend, Ann Terlizzi (who is always full of creative ideas!) is hosting a “Peacock Trot” adoption fundraiser for us on Thanksgiving morning in lieu of the traditional Twin Cities “Turkey Trot.”  And just to avoid any confusion … no, we aren’t eating peacock for Thanksgiving this year; the peacock is the national bird of…

Waiting

Good news! Our I-800A and dossier documents have been approved by the US and CARA, so we are now eligible to be matched with Riya’s children. If you haven’t been through the adoption process you have very little context for that statement beyond just us telling you that it’s “good news.” As such, here is…

Lemonade and a Space Heater

Several weeks ago, we had a garage sale — our first official adoption fundraising event!  Several neighbors, local friends and family members pitched in to make it a success by donating their time, their second-hand treasures, and their baking skills.  We set up the sale for just one day in our front yard and lucked…

Conversations with a 4-year-old

One of the questions we’ve often been asked over the past couple of months is “What does Zinnia think about the adoption”?  Frankly, we’ve been delighted and amazed by her perspectives.  We’d like to believe that her compassion and insight are the direct result of our brilliant parenting.  But truth be told – Zinnia’s reactions…

Home study complete

This is a photo of our social worker, Angie, at our final home study interview in which she came to our house to talk with Zinnia about the pending adoption.  It was both fun and satisfying to watch them reading together about children in different parts of the world. We are happy to report that our home study…

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