Links on Adoption and World AIDS Orphan Day, Plus Random Updates

May 8th, 2010

Several blogs I follow have posted very interesting articles or links to topics surrounding parenting, adoption, AIDS and a few others. I’m not going to try and rewrite what they have already stated much better than I ever could. Instead, I’m just going to link like crazy and give credit where credit is due.

Yesterday was World AIDS Orphan Day. I have mixed feelings about this day. It’s an important day. The world needs to know how serious this issue is but it can’t be summed up in one day. The kids are around and need our help the rest of the year. It’s an overwhelming task to try and help them all. Start small. Help one.

In the year 2000 there were 12 million orphans in Africa and more than twenty-five percent of those lived in NIgeria and Ethiopia. Eleven percent of all children in Ethiopia were orphans.

By 2010, between twenty-five million and fifty million African children, from newborn to age fifteen, would be orphans. In a dozen countries, up to a quarter of the nation’s children. The numbers were completely ridiculous.

Twelve million, fourteen million, eighteen million-how could numbers so high be answers to anything other than “How many stars are in the universe?” or “How many light-years from the Milky Way is the Virgo Supercluster?”

Who was going to raise 12 million children? Who was teaching 12 million children how to swim? Who was going to sign 12 million permission slips for school field trips and pack 12 million school lunches? Who was going to by 12 million sneakers that light up when you jump? Backpacks? Toothbrushes? 12 million pairs of socks? Who will tell 12 million bedtimes stories? Who will quiz 12 million children on Thursday night for their Friday morning spelling test? 12 million trips to the dentist? 12 million birthday parties? Who will offer grief counseling to twelve, fifteen, eighteen, thirty-six million children?

(Except from There is No Me Without You by Melissa Faye Greene)
note: Not all of the orphans she is referring to are orphans because of AIDS but even if it’s only 12 children instead of 12 million, it’s still 12 too many.

An excellent post by Erin of Full House, Full Hands, Full Hearts on World AIDS Orphan Day


If you are considering adoption, you have adopted, you know someone who adopted or any combination of the above, please read this post on love and adoption by Tonggu Momma.

And another post on adoption from Fugitivus (If you can’t handle swearing, skip this one.)

These aren’t the typical sunshine and roses articiles about adoption. They are very real. Adoption is not perfect and is never the ideal situation for a child. It is the last resort. And yes, it can go wrong. And it’s important that people know all sides of adoption. I can’t stress this enough:  All adoptions come with grief and loss that is very real.

If you have an afternoon, read Yoon’s Blur. She’s an adult adoptee, who, in my opinion, does an excellent job discussing the good, the bad and the ugly points of adoption.


And a few random updates.

  • You can still throw your name into the hat to win Kevin’s awesome book.  I’m giving away 2 copies and so far there are only 10 entries so if you are one of those people who never wins anything, you’ve got a really good shot of winning this time around.
  • My school did a fundraiser for charity:water last month. Pretty proud of the elementary school, they brought in almost $400.
  • There are less than 20 days left of school. That is such a nice feeling.
  • Fun things I have planned for my class: An ice cream party (because they brought in over $60 for charity:water), making our own playdough, making rainbow crayons from the broken bits of crayon, making one of those paper chains for counting down the days in school, cleaning out the classroom (cleaning isn’t that much fun, but if you say it the right way, you can convince a kindergarten student anything is fun).
  • Went to Feed My Starving Children tonight. My group packed up 34 boxes of food. The entire group packed 194 boxes (or something close to that). It works out to enough meals for 114 children to have one meal a day for a year. If you want a fun family activity, go check it out.


I think we’ll call that good for the randomness tonight. I really don’t think I should be allowed to blog after about 9:30 at night. I’ll try and make a little more sense next time around.

By the way, Happy Mother’s Day. If you haven’t called your mom yet, go do that.

NaBloPoMo Post #26: Funny.

November 25th, 2009

The Muppets are never not funny. Enjoy.

Flying Gonzo Game

NaBloPoMo Post #11: A reminder and a few random things.

November 10th, 2009

First, the reminder:

Don’t forget. This Friday. Everyone who blogs, everyone on twitter, facebook, myspace, forums. Everyone buy your first gift of the season. $10 from everyone can bring clean water to millions of people around the world.

Post this on whatever you use to get the word out. Remember, on Friday, November 13 spend $10. The first gift you buy this year.

A few random things.

  • Conferences are a week from Thursday. My report cards are finished. Comments are written. Files are organized. With over a week to spare. Go me.
  • Sesame Street turned 40. Sesame Street taught my kid what ‘predicament’ means. Happy Birthday.
  • I think we are on round 2 of the flu in my class. The kids that were out sick about 3 weeks ago are now out sick again. It’s nice to have only 12 kids in my class, it gets a little dull. I hope they get better soon. We all miss them.
  • My class got a compliment from the teenagers who hang out in the parking lot near our school. Typically, this group of teenagers is obnoxious, shouting, swearing with no regards to anyone around them. My class walked by and they all agreed that “they are really good and cute and respectful.” Way to go kindergarten.
  • Baking soda and vinegar works really well as an alternative to shampoo. And it’s about a million times cheaper.

All My Base Are Belong To You.

April 1st, 2009

Instructions from a free thermometer that came in the mail today.

Under “Take Temperature”

When you measure your body temperature, please remain to measure at the same place for some time.

To take temperature under tongue, before measurement please close your mouth for 5 minutes or so, then insert the sensor part under the tongue, keeping nestled and close your mouth.

To take temperature in the armpit, before measurement please completely wipe the sweat there away, then close the armpit for about 5 minutes and insert the sensor part against the center of the armpit closely. Put both left and right waist intersection, making the thermometer in contact with the user’s body closely.

Under “Cautions”

This thermometer has already been calibrated while making. If use according to the operation instruction, does not need to calibrate again. Such as having doubt to the accuracy that is measured, please contact us.

Under “Notice”

Help user to be that square qualified technical staff repair, by but repair the parts that manufacturer appoint, can demand to offer to our company.

Under “Warning”

Don’t swallow the battery. It’s dangerous to your life. Please store the battery at a safe place where children can’t reach it. If anyone swallowed the battery, send him to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment at once.

Under “Quality Warranty”

This thermometer is guaranteed for one year under proper use according this instruction from the date that the product is sent out the factory.

And the Randomness Continues…

March 13th, 2009
  • This is funny. Funny and sad. I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand. But I’m  fan of Colbert and I love this: … when millions are losing jobs, losing homes and losing hope, there is nothing more important than putting yourself first.”
  • This weekend is all about the packing. I kept telling myself I wanted to be packed before this weekend but then I cam up with about 482,000 other things to do. So this weekend is packing and laundry. Well, technically, it’s laundry then packing.
  • One weekend and two work days left until we are on a plane.
  • One weekend and 5 days left until we meet our son.
  • I got this update on Milo from a friend who is in Ethiopia right now: “He is beautiful and healthy and has a great smile.  He is tiny – especially his little legs and bottom, but his tummy is a good size.  No signs of any sickness at all. You may want to bring some pretty small diapers (perhaps newborn size). He spent some of the time here sitting in his bobby chair, so if you don’t have one, get one, he really liked it.  He was pushing up and holding his head up really well.  Also, he REALLY likes to be held, so that is a perfect fit for a sling wearing momma!!! You will see for yourself soon – but really, nothing to worry about at all.  He was hanging out without a diaper and had no messes, so i think any intestional issues have certainly cleared up!”

More Randomness

March 10th, 2009

I’m guessing until we leave these posts are going to be filled with random thoughts and ramblings. Sorry.

1. I won! Okay, I hardly ever win anything. But I entered a blog give away on Infinita Diversidade and I won. My package (from Brazil) arrived today. I had completely forgotten about it because it took over a month to get here (cuz, you know, it was coming from Brazil). I’m excited about this loot. Check it out:
My Winnings
There’s a big pile of fat quarters, 3 different colors of felt, floss, beads, a handmade birthday card, really cool lace/trim, thread, buttons and ribbon. Plus, the little tan bag with the teapots is actually a bag containing an apron that she made.

Apron from my Winnings

2. We left tonight (in a mini snow storm, mind you) to run errands. We needed to go to REI, IKEA and Target. We got to the exit of REI and guess who threw up, again, for the second time since Friday? So we pulled over, cleaned up Lexi and headed back home. Where she threw up again. Blech. Although now she’s watching Veggie Tales and demanding water and food. I’m thinking she’ll be fine.

3. My lesson plans, preping everything the sub will need, photocopies, and supplies are all ready to go. The finished copies of the lesson plans and classroom routines ended up being somewhere between 75-100 pages. It’s amazing how much you need to tell a person to in order to leave them in charge of 21 kindergarteners. My room is almost cleaned out as well. Only things that still need cleaning belong to the kids so they will be cleaning on Monday and Tuesday.

4. It’s hard to believe that in 10 days we will go from a family of 3 to a family of 4.

Adoption, Knitting, Lexi, Kilts, and the Potty Chair

December 11th, 2008

1. The potty chair. Lexi actually used the toilet today. And, according to her, received one green chocolate for her accomplishment. About 2 weeks ago I laid down the plan with her: When she turns 3 she will be wearing underwear. No more pull-ups. And surprisingly, she agreed because she wants to play in the ball pit at IKEA, which you can only play in if you are potty-trained.

2. Kilts. The kilts are finished. I hope. Libby and I each finished on on Tuesday. Wednesday I worked furiously on a second one while Libby did the same. Mine was about 90% done when I left it with her. Hers was about the same. Today she and her family took all the kilts and drove down to meet the wedding for the dress rehersal. I hope she was able to finish them up. The wedding is tomorrow so either they are done or the groom goes naked. I’ll post pictures of the finished product later.

3. Lexi. Lexi has been running around with a flashlight and pointing it at people saying “look out, I’ll flash you.” Lexi has also decided that her baby brother should be named Frank. I’m not sure if this is a step up or a step down from her original plan to name her brother Baby Sister.

4. Knitting. I’ve found another new hobby. A friend that I met through the adoption process (whose son is 3 weeks older than ours and at the moment they are cribmates) taught me how to knit earlier this week. I learned how to knit a long time ago but I only learned how to knit. Which meant the only thing I could make were scarves. Josie taught me how to knit and pearl and I’ve been messing around with the stitches seeing what happens when I knit a row and then pearl a row, or knit a bunch and pearl a bunch or do both knit and pearl in one row of stitches. It’s been pretty fun. I have 2 things that I want to make before our baby comes home. One is a hat for our little guy (since it will be really cold when he gets home) and then other is stockings. My grandma made stockings for all the grandkids and they are great. I want to make similar ones  for our kids. I’m thinking if I learn how to make a hat, I can make a stocking.

5. Adoption. We’ve had our referral for a little over a week now. And I am pretty much staring at his photo all day at work. The kids in my class have all given me their approval on his cuteness. Hmmm….on second thought, I think I’ll save this for another blog post. It’s going to get long.

Rig Your Own Election

September 29th, 2008

You want to see your guy win? Here you go. Skew the results anyway you want.

Mine came out for Obama with 296 electoral votes. I gave all the blue states to Obama and all the red to McCain. I also gave all the states leaning blue or red to the appropriate person. The yellow states I looked at their voting history and tried to give them to the appropriate person.


May 1st, 2008

Too lazy to write full posts about several topics so I’ll write several topics in one post.

  • No work tomorrow. This is good.
  • Child who said “MAKE ME” is now suspended for 3 days (bad for him – huge relief for the staff for 3 days) And no, he wasn’t suspended just for saying make me, his list of crimes for the day is long. Very long. And it includes calling me “Stupid face”. Zero points for creativity in the name-calling category. I prefer such insults as “Bunny-hopper”, “Chicken-head”, “Baby-ass” or “Spicey-spice hands”.
  • Tomorrow is the Missions Dinner at church. I’ll be there, all day, cooking Thai Pork Satay and assorted side dishes for 100 people.
  • The Walk for the Animals is Saturday. Lexi, Speak and I might walk it. If it’s not raining or snowing. Mazie, however, needs to stay home because she’s forgotten how to play nice with others.
  • Been thinking a lot lately about shopping for a cause. This may become its own post. Basically, I’ve been trying to decide if it’s financially possible (for us) to limit our shopping to stores that support fair trade, support small business men and women, support local produce growers/farmers, etc.
  • Kevin is getting very close to being bald. Kinda freakin’ me out.
  • Did I mention that the plan for cooking for 100 is actually grilling for 100? And that it’s supposed to rain tomorrow?
  • Consider yourself warned – Rummage Sale Madness, Part 2 will soon be upon us. So if you missed the first one, come see what’s at the second sale. Rumor has it there may be new stuff to view.
  • Did you know Ice Hockey is now the official Minnesota State Sport?
  • I need to go to bed now.