Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Home study

Yahoo, we have our home study on Wednesday and Thursday this week. I will be cleaning like a "mad" women today and can't wait to accomplish this portion of our adoption. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. We are a little nervous and would appreciate all your prayers.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Overwhelming facts about Ethiopia

-One in ten children die before their first birthday

-One in six children die before their fifth birthday

-44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old

-60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition

-The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years

-1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) 720,000
children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million
orphans in Ethiopia.

-Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa

-In the 90s the population (3%) grew faster than food production (2.2%)

-Drought struck the country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no
seeds, third year no animals

-Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88% will never attend
secondary school.

-Coffee prices (Ethiopia’s only major export) fell 40-60% from 1998-2002.

-Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000.

-In 1993, after 30 long years of war, Eritrea broke from Ethiopia and became an
independent nation leaving Ethiopia landlocked without any major seafaring ports.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Videos to make you laugh

Cannonball Baptism
I thought this was very funny! But then I thought of my own kids and how it is not far from something Blake would do, I would be horrified.


another funny video...

gotta love that baby laugh!

As you can tell I needed to laugh today...Glad its Friday!

Home Study is Scheduled

We are very excited our home study is scheduled for September 26th & 27th. This means we have completed everything involved in this first large section of our process. Yahoo!!!! We are making progress.