2 Kids and a Kit

It has been too long since I’ve posted some kid pics.
Here are some taken early last summer. Al came home from work with this cute little guy. He had found him on the road, dead (he thought) after being hit by a car. Al figured he could bring him home to show the kids (always learning about wildlife here in the Adirondacks!). But foxy wasn’t dead. He was just mostly dead, so after a visit to Miracle Max, and after breathing out the words ‘true love’…oops, wrong plot!
So we tried to help him. At first he was unresponsive. But then I remembered the Pedialyte! He pepped up a little and would walk around. We got some great pictures and even invited a couple of wildlife photographers over to try and get some shots. Brian from Adirondack Graphic Design took the shot at the top of the post.
Realizing that we couldn’t take care of him and rehabilitate him, I made tons of calls to find a NYS licensed wildlife rehabilitator who would also take care of his medical needs. Finally, I found a great woman, whose specialty is owls, willing to help.
We had Foxy Brown for a couple of days then we took him to the rehabilitator. He was suffering with a… (OK, this is gross, so you might want to go to the next paragraph…) maggot infestation and almost died again.
But he rebounded after proper treatment and is living out the rest of his days in a nearby fox sanctuary. His broken hip and leg healed but he has a limp, so he can’t be released into the wild. He is a kept fox and we were thankful to have the chance to interact with one of God’s creatures so closely.

All your refuge and righteousness

from the foreward of Preaching Christ, The Heart of Gospel Ministry

talking about Charles P McIlvaine:

“In all his appointments in the Episcopal church, McIlvaine sought to counter the prevailing ‘high-church’ attitudes in the denomination to shift the emphasis from ceremony and ritual to Scripture and personal salvation. His question to his ordinands was,

‘Have you fled to Christ and committed your soul to him as all your refuge and righteousness?’

NY Times Article on Ethiopian Adoption

This is an interesting article from the NY Times about adopting from Ethiopia. The article talks about families who were using Christian World Adoption having children that were switched (referrals). The families involved posted about this situation ALOT on the Ethiopian Adoption group I belong to and the moderator finally pulled all post access until after the NY Times article ran.

Because there are only a few agencies licensed in Ethiopia and the demand to adopt from there is strong, there are tons of waiting families with each agency. The agencies feel the pressure to “deliver” according to the timeline and practices can easily become slipshod at best. Either there are empty promises or hasty decisions.

I think that more oversight of the process in Ethiopia is good but I’m sure it won’t be so “easy” to adopt from Ethiopia once changes are in place. But I’m in favor of protecting the children and families from wrong practices and jeopardizing the entire process. Guatemala is an example of abuse of the adoption system resulting in tightening sanctions and nightmares for the families and children involved.

Also of interest in the article is the accompanying video.

Don’t Waste Your Life: Wartime Lifestyle

Home Visit for Homestudy is SATURDAY!

I’m finishing up the cleaning for the social worker’s visit on Saturday! I don’t know exactly what she will be looking for. She said ‘Safety and Space’ when I asked. Well, we have enough space and I think things are safe, but you never know. But will she be opening closet doors, looking through the junk drawer in the kitchen or under the kids’ beds?? Argh!

And as far as the adoption goes, here’s the update:

Some things to do:
Home meeting with Social Worker 6/9
Compile notarized letters of reference.
Get notarized documents state certified.
Make tons of copies.
File I-600a
FBI Fingerprinting

Pick up notarized bank letter
Finish homestudy questionnaire.
Fill out resource page.
Get fingerprinted
Get fingerprinted again for a different clearance
Call the county clerk about notarization.
Figure out how to get Dr.’s sig. notarized.

First meeting with Social Worker 5/15
Kiddos’ Physicals
Our Physicals – May 29th

We are probably a month or less from sending our dossier to the agency, but it might be longer. And then it goes to Ethiopia and then we wait. There are some built-in waiting times in the process, but so far, I’m ok with waiting. We know that the Lord has full control and we are excited to see where he will take us!

Morning Coffee…

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust

and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night. “
Psalm 90:1-4