Archive for September, 2006

Can’t do it today

Posted in Adoption, ethiopia on September 29, 2006 by Avery

Sorry, I just can’t post today.

 One of the families in my agency is curently in Ethiopia picking up their kids, and my son has been asking them,  “When is my dad coming back?”

 I’m sorry guys, but I’m fighting the tears, at work, and have no wind in my sails today. I love my little guys so much, and he is over there hurting because he has no way to process what is going and I have no way to comfort him. I can’t even send a message for a rough timeline.

Some people have e-mailed me asking why my blog doesn’t approach Ethiopia much anymore, it’s because I can’t ponder there too long or I get into a really bad funk, like the one I’m in right now.

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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it now….

Posted in 30 days of nothing on September 28, 2006 by Avery


We finally have a bit more on the bicycle program, thanks Bek, and this is the family we will be helping.The organization is Reach the Children.

For the purposes of this blog, this is Mr. O and his family.

There is one daughter that isn’t in the picture. She was at school. The husband is a cattle dealer and he must walk a long way to go to market and to his clients. If they have a bike they will be able to get to work faster (and therefore get more done) as well as transport his farm produce to market allowing his wife to make an income of their garden plot.

They were caring for an orphan in their home, but unfortunately the child died. They are interested in having other children come into their home as soon as they can have more income. Previously they didn’t think they could b/c they wanted to make sure they had enough to send their children to school. Part of the grant is that the families must help orphans and/or keep their own children in school.

So unbekownst to Mr. O and family Uncle Avery and clan is supplying them with their dream of owning transportation. It’ll be a while between updates as this family is on teh other side of the country from the office that runs the program, but I am very excited to make a difference for this family.

A mere $60 and this family is forever altered with something we consider to be frivolous, transportation.

And in my garage I have a bike for every one of my kids, 2 for my Ethiopian son (depending on his size) and a few for when freinds come over. No, we don’t buy them, people throw them away and we “garbage shop” a lot. The funny thing is I don’t own one, if it has 2 wheels it needs a motor!

If you are interested in getting involved with the program shoot me a comment below and I will forward you on.

Caption Me #5 Winner

Posted in caption me, contest, winners on September 28, 2006 by Avery

This weeks winner is one of those neurotic, emotionally unstable, waiting by the phone people waiting for a referral, hey if it’s how they list themselves on their own blog it’s fair game here right?

 with “Hmmm… I wonder if frogs are on the menu for the 30 days of nothing?” Beacause not only does this show she follows my blog, but it also shows she knows my son……

it’s Dana!!!! 

Wednesday Caption Me #6

Posted in caption me, contest on September 28, 2006 by Avery

Updates, Updates, Updates

Posted in Adoption, family on September 26, 2006 by Avery

Ok, I don’t know what is going on with wordpress, a long post yesterday and this thing junked out. What’s up with that, I’ll rewrite the post later though.

As far as the crock pot Glad has responded to me, to let me know they aren’t the ones that made the product. Yeah me! Reynolds on the other hand doesn’t think I’m worth responding to.

As far as the bike, it’s back on the road, $590 later. It got in and they called me to let me know the kevlar was showing on the tires (in other words there was NO rubber on parts) I gues I haven’t paid much attention to the tires lately. It has a new chain, as that was shot, and new sprockets, as they were bent, and new bearing in the axle. Well at least it rides better.

Still no van, and no prospects on the horizon.

And the best news of all, the courts reopen next week for new cases, and after a year of waiting on our referal we are going to court!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That would mean our kids should be home for Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roughing It??????

Posted in 30 days of nothing on September 25, 2006 by Avery

Logo Design Survey

Posted in Adoption, Church on September 22, 2006 by Avery

Heather and I are creating an adoption organization called Konjo Kids.

This is the logo I have developed for it, on a black and a white background so you can see what it looks like in contrasting media.

I would like to get your feedback on it, good and bad, as specific as you can.

I will talk more about the group in a bit, but I want to get your feedback on it before you know anything about it.