Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
It was, of course, much more expensive than our carnival. I liked how different student groups ran the games to raise money for different international charities and how many students were participating. We saw a few people we knew which was fun too!
Ana got her nails painted, and
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ana went "American" this year! Here she is with another staff kid wearing her traditional Korean outfit. There was also a part of the show displaying saris from different parts of India. This girl is one that always goes on our India trip.
The Korean fan dance was Ana's favorite. There was also a couple of Indian dances and a very cool Korean pop dance.
We didn't leave school until 9--so Ana wasn't in bed until 10:30! It was still well worth all the grouchiness of Saturday!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. William Barclay.
We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. C.S. Lewis
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Dinner included pork knuckle, duck, ham, eggs, rice, rice noodles, a special red soup, and vegetables. Delicious!
Ana and Joshua had to show off their chopstick skills!!
Friday, February 4, 2011
-The Ethiopian courts are now requiring a death certificate for the parents of the children. It's not impossible to get, but much more difficult as you are supposed to have two pictures of the deceased person. Some of these children do not remember there parents. Therefore, the Ethiopian orphanage (not our agency) will try to find the people that dropped them off and get the necessary information from them. This of course takes time. In China's case it could be exceedingly difficult.
-The Ministry of Women's Affairs is now threatening to not give any more approval letters until all adoptive parents have caught up on their post placement reports. (You do four the first year and then one every year until they are 18).
-The US embassy is now investigating and/or requiring more information on 90% of all Ethiopian adoptions! While it used to be about four weeks from court to embassy appointment, it can now be much longer. One family that passed court in late Nov. still has not been invited for their embassy appointment!
To sum it all up: We have no idea when we'll be traveling and/or coming to the States. We are glad it does seem that it will not interfere with our upcoming India trip!
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Chinese New Year can be a little slow if you don't have a bunch of reunion dinners to attend. A lot of the shops close for a couple of days (although each year more stores stay open). We went out in the early mornings and were glad to be going home as great herds of people were going out!