Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Monday, November 20, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The weather is beautiful, in the mid 70's and even a little hot at mid-day. Nights are much cooler and Monica and I sleep with a heater since our house is not well insulated.
Gladney's Transitional Care Center is something to be proud of. The children get so much attention and are really getting "fattened up." We held and prayed for each infant at the center and know you all are ready for your journey to end. The staff- to-child ratio is very evident when you walk into the rooms. Know that each child is loved and cared for immensely.
Good news is coming on Kathleen's replacement and you should hear about very soon if you haven't heard already. Ryan, Abby and Enoch get here tonight and will hit the ground running to see that your Gladney adoption experience is the best it can be.
All is well here so I will sign off now.
Blessings on each and every one,
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
We are very happy to announce that Ryan and Abby Brown have been hired as Gladney employees to assist our Ethiopia program. They will be In-Country Facilitators for Gladney and are leaving for Ethiopia the middle of November. They will both be available by Gladney email. We are so excited to have them on board assisting our efforts in Ethiopia and wish them well!
Their primary goals will be to: (1) Increase awareness and interest in Gladney's Ethiopian adoption program, (2) Serve Gladney's adoptive families before and during travel for placement of their child(ren) and (3) Provide care to orphans in Ethiopia.
From Abby and Ryan: Gladney is committed to the orphaned children of Ethiopia. Do you realize that at the current rate of adoption, only .03% of Ethiopian orphans will be adopted by all families in every country in the world? Because of those staggering statistics, Gladney has asked us to tutor and teach English to the older children so they can have a better chance at being adopted or will have the skills to become gainfully employed when they age-out of the orphanage.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Mekdes - Available 10 year old girl
Our family hosted a ten year old girl named Mekdes. We were impressed by the level of commitment and care that the personnel at Gladney demonstrated in organizing and executing the 2006 Bright Futures Camp. The staff at Gladney made every effort to prepare the families with the information and insight needed to make the hosting experience a positive one for all concerned. Our entire family has been profoundly touched and inspired by the goodness and compassion of all the wonderful people we have met during the camp. This has been a life-changing experience for our three daughters and ourselves, and one we will never forget.
Mekdes is a shy, bright and strong-willed child. She likes to be called “Ka-CHOO”, which means “skinny” in Amharic. She enjoys physical activities including soccer, running and tag. She likes many types of music and plays well with others. She demonstrates great determination in all that she does. This is evident in her teaching herself to swim in our backyard pool in less than two days time. Mekdes is opinionated and knows what she does and does not like. She understands more English than she speaks and is more comfortable speaking in her native language. Mekdes enjoys being the center of attention. When interested in something she is focused and exhibits strong resolve. Mekdes can be moody and sometimes has to be asked more than once to do something. She is very independent, self-reliant and helpful if asked. Mekdes is a special child who has tremendous potential. We pray that she finds the right forever family to love and be loved.
Please see http://www.xanga.com/BFCEthiopia
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
On top of that, both you and Gladney can get even CHEAPER prices. If you sign up (either through www.1800diapers.com or calling 1-800-DIAPERS) and give them our email address or Referral Code, you get an extra $2 credit off your first order and Gladney will get a $1 credit EVERY time you order.
This credit will assist us in purchasing diapers for babies in our Transitional Care as well as babies in the orphanages we work with.
Email Address: email@example.com
Referral Code: THCE5959
Check it out--go to www.1800diapers.com. To get your extra $2 credit, make sure you give them our email address or Referral Code WHEN you are signing up.
Thanks for your help!
Monday, August 07, 2006
Belay, Gladney's In-country Facilitator and Brianna, an orphanage volunteer, were teaching the kids table manners, so they took the kids to the Sheraton for pizza. What a treat for them.
Don’t the boys look great in their jackets and the girls with their hair fixed?
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
In the entire world, there is but one priceless commodity that ensures the world's future . . . children. Gladney feels it is important to promote the well being of children and to make their lives better in the process.
When the children attending the Bright Futures Camp - Ethiopia return to their home country in September, they are able to take two bags filled with humanitarian aid back with them. You can help by:
-Purchasing items through Target gift registry
-Purchasing gift card through the Gladney Boutique
-Writing a check made payable to Gladney Center for Adoption (in the memo, designate BFC-Ethiopia)
These donations will provide the needed supplies listed below:
-Diaper rash ointment
Thank you for helping make a difference in a child's life!
Friday, April 14, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Gladney's Bright Futures Camp - Ethiopia is scheduled for August 2006 in Long Island, NY.
The Gladney Center for Adoption is looking for families to fill various roles during these children's visit to the United States.
Sign Up Today!If you are interested in participating in the camp, please complete a brief Information Sheet that gives you an opportunity to share information about your family.
There are many other ways to become involved in the camp. Help Gladney create bright futures through adoption!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Our hearts are full of joy and gratitude at all that God has done for us. During our trip to Ethiopia, the girls, Christy, and I started memorizing Psalm 139. I was struck by verse three, where David prays, "You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways." The thought that God Himself is searching out our path for us is comforting. We never would have expected to be adopting two precious babies from Ethiopia, but the path that He searched out for us included exactly that.
All our paperwork went very smoothly...a tribute to much diligent work on the part of our adoption agency, the Gladney Center for Adoption. Probably the most difficult aspect of the trip was the trip itself: many long hours on airplanes and in airports. But God gave grace there, too. We stayed healthy the whole time, we fell in love with the people and culture of Ethiopia, and (best of all) we now have two added blessings in our family: Abraham Kirubel and Grace Anne Hermela. Kirubel and Hermela were their given names, which we decided to keep as middle names. The picture was taken the day we picked up Gracie and Abe. The lady in the middle is the director of Abe's orphanage. It was encouraging to see how much they loved the children they care for.