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Protected: How Do YOU Define Corruption?

Posted by Nancy on April 29, 2008

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Protected: Adoption Corruption

Posted by Nancy on April 24, 2008

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Odd Reminders and Strange Events

Posted by Nancy on April 23, 2008

I find myself wishing I could see Hanoi again, feel the bustle of the city, smell the overpowering fumes from so many scooters, watch the crazy traffic, see the poverty in the countryside, experience the friendliness of the people, and absorb the reality of that country.

Everytime I open my blog I see the Blankie Buddies at the top, and I think of Vietnam.  I need to change the picture, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it yet.  The Blankie Buddies are gone, left with the agency to distribute to the babies, so it’s time for the picture to go too.  Maybe in another few days.  The happy grin on the monkey gets me every time, embroidered there by a young man from church (tell him thanks, Teresa).  I left that one with a little baby who had no name yet.

I had lunch with some friends from church yesterday, and they wanted to see pictures from my trip.  I found myself showing them more than they were probably interested in, but it is still so fascinating to me.  I wonder how long it takes for that to go away?

And to think I spent the first year of my marriage worried about my husband’s safety, while he served in the Air Force in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, during the war.  I could never have imagined my going there, or, for heaven’s sake, the people there welcoming Americans.  What odd turns of events happen in our lives.

I need to change gears.  There is so much going on that I need to focus on, here and now. 

I am at Doug’s babysitting Z~, and have to drive home tomorrow for a meeting with the architect for the new fire station.  At the price of gas these days I hate to make an extra trip back and forth, but the kids and the architect are both too important to miss.  Besides, I figure only six more weeks of babysitting before Doug flies out to Utah and gets married, then my three year opportunity to spend time with the grandkids will be over.  I will still visit, but it won’t be the same.  It is a kind of bittersweet thought.

There is nothing bittersweet about getting my life back though. 

I will undoubtedly take some of that time to visit Elaine and her kids in suburban Radiator Springs, since I will be missing those grandkids.

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Here a Little, There a Little

Posted by Nancy on April 21, 2008

One of the interesting things I learned while in Vietnam was that the banks make no personal loans; the only loans they make are to businesses.  If you want to make a purchase, say like buying a house, you must seek many small gifts and loans from everyone you know.

It is an interesting concept.  I’m definitely not saying we should replace our banking system in America with it, but interesting none the less because it is people getting personally involved to help one another. 

Which brings me to the topic of this post.

If you felt lead by the Lord to adopt, and the cost of the adoption was more than half your annual income, how would you raise the money? 

Some friends find themselves in that position.  They have been lead to almost-four-year-old twins from the Ukraine – a boy and a girl.  The boy has cerebral palsy and will be transferred to a mental institution, and almost certain early death, once he turns four – if he has not found a family.  This makes the process more urgent, so they have made the commitment to adopt before identifying how they will fully fund it.

Jill has asked for help, and I was immediately reminded of the extended support system the Vietnamese use to purchase their homes.  If you would care to see pictures of the children, and maybe get involved, here is their donation blog site.  http://www.reecesrainbow.com/sponsorpierce.htm 

Here a little, there a little – it all adds up.

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Protected: From Spindly to Sturdy in One Week

Posted by Nancy on April 14, 2008

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Protected: Picking Up Dinner at a Drive-Thru

Posted by Nancy on April 12, 2008

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Protected: He Remembered Me!

Posted by Nancy on April 11, 2008

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Protected: Ships Passing in the Night in Hanoi

Posted by Nancy on April 9, 2008

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Protected: The Baby Trade

Posted by Nancy on April 8, 2008

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Protected: Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jog

Posted by Nancy on April 6, 2008

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