We designed this site in order to keep in touch with friends and family who are far away and in order to communicate with other adoptive families from around the world.

When we first started researching this wonderful way to become a family we read everything we could get our hands on. Even though there are a lot of great books out there, nothing was as informative or touching as the blogs we found by adoptees, biological parents, and adoptive families. So we are writing this blog now in hopes of returning the favor. We hope that if you are dear to us you will enjoy keeping up with our adventures. If you are someone out there involved in a part of the adoption triad we hope you will find information and comfort here and provide us with some of your own!

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Take care,
Brian and Rosemary

Monday, December 1, 2008

what really matters

So it has been a very hard week here.  I'm incredibly disappointed that my trip got cancelled! Then, on top of that, because I was supposed to be in Thailand Bri already had a ticket to go see his family in Texas and we really felt it was important to prioritize that so... I ended up spending Thanksgiving alone.  I know: pitiful, right?  Anway, I'm trying to pull focus and remember what really matters.  So I decided to share some of my favorite pictures of exactly that.  I hope you'll enjoy these with me.

The gardens at our
 girl's rescue home in Chiang Rai.  

BTW - If it seems like I'm being obtuse in not saying the name of the home I work for it's because we're purposefully trying not to. We haven't asked permission to do that on this blog and we want to respect the privacy of everyone else involved.

The jungle-gym is everyone's favorite hangout!

Brian giving piggyback rides.

Because most of our girls don't know the day of their birth is we have an annual campus-wide birthday party with cake, presents and "celebration of being".  

Two of our middle grade girls proudly wearing full Akha dress.  Almost all of our kids are Akha, a tribal people group represented in Thailand and other Asian countries.  Of course, our kids wear regular clothes most of the time.  Their heritage dress is reserved for special occasions and ceremonies.  It is extremely important to us that our kids feel deep respect for their tribal culture.

Brian and I with our sponsor daughter.  Isn't she beautiful?  Not that I am biased or anything but she is the smartest, greatest kid on earth!


Maci Miller said...

Hi, Rosemary!
I so know how you felt about Thanksgiving! Thanks for your nice comments and thanks SO much for posting these awesome pictures! The kids are all so beautiful. What incredible work you do there! Good news for Thailand, today, so let's keep our fingers crossed that all will be well again there soon and your trip can be rescheduled.
Peace & Love,

JiLL said...

Great Pics! Hopefully your trip will be rescheduled soon. The work you do in Thailand is awesome. Thanks for the encouraging comments. Hopefully next year Thanksgiving will be a lot better for you!

Wyndee said...

Hi there---- We adopted our daughter from Thailand in 2004 and our guide when we were in Thailand runs a home for girls in Chiang Rai. I guess it's quite likely the same home. What a small world.

Best wishes in your adoption journey.


Emily said...

Oh Rosemary - I'm so sorry about your Thansgiving alone. It seems you do just what needed to be done. You were thankful regardless. Thanks for posting your great pictures. The girls are all so sweet.

Love, Em

Yoli said...

I am sorry you spent Thanksgiving alone. By the way that picture of you guys with your sponsor daughter is beautiful and full of love. You guys are going to be great parents.