Saturday, August 23, 2008

Children's Adoption Books

My cousin recommended this book to me. She suggested I take it out from the library but when I read it at Chapters I got all teary eyed so I knew had to buy it.

There are a lot of adoption books for kids. I wonder how many there where 30 years ago? Back than adoption was so hush hush that I would guess there where no books touching this subject.

We talk openly about James' story of how he was born in our hearts. We have a few books for the boys on adoption. I want them to know that there are different types of adoption and to see every child has an unique story on how they were 'born' in a family.

I dedicate this post to my lovely sister-in-law who passed away suddenly on August 18th. Melanie was adopted too. She was 27.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


A few months ago I joined KIVA* after reading Bill Clinton's book: GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World.

I made a small loan to
Salmome Mwakipesile in Tanzania to open a beauty salon.
She is 29 years old and has 3 children.
To date 86% of her loan has been repaid.

I made a small loan to Boeung Sobin from Cambodia to buy pigs for her stand at the market.
She will breed the piglets.
To date 42% of her loan has been repaid.

The funds are credited to my Kiva account once the loan is repaid in full.
At that time, I can withdraw these funds from Kiva or re-lend these funds to a new entrepreneur.

I am inspired by these women and I am impressed that via the internet we can touch someone's life.

*An organization that lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in a developing country - empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Can I Drive?

James: "Mommy can I drive the car?"
Mommy Jo: "How old are you James?"
James: "Three and half."
Mommy Jo: "You can drive in 13 years. When you're sixteen."
James: "Okay Mommy."

This conversation is said almost every time he gets into the car.
He gets the same answer every time.
I think he is hoping I'll change the driving age to 4!
And if the price of fuel doesn't change he might not be driving a vehicle but riding a horse...better for the environment and better for the pocket book!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Funky Monkey!

Chocolate and bananas...this Booster Juice smoothie named FUNKY MONKEY has our boys swinging from tree to tree!
I think they have gulped down over a dozen of these in the past year!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Two Heads Are Better than One

Parker with his new friend who was born in Florida and now lives only a few minutes from his crib (aka: house)!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Quack! Quack!

So cute! But 30 bucks for a duck?
So I walked away.
A few weeks later the HUGE duck was on sale...50% off!
And so off it waddled to our place.
The boys have sat on it, licked it and bit it!
The sad thing is that I left its' brother behind!
Yep, the duck has a brother.
I think tomorrow I'm going to see if he's still available for adoption...I mean for purchase!