Saturday, January 24, 2009

Another JCICS Post

January 23, 2009 - It is Joint Council's understanding that 17 high ranking officials of the Kyrgyz government, including the Minister of Education and the Vice-Minister of Education, have been removed from their positions. Obviously this will have an effect on in-process intercountry adoptions. It is currently unclear exactly how the changes will effect in-process cases. As more information becomes available Joint Council will update the website.

Please see the post dated January 24, 2009 on the Ann's blog, "" for more details.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Day

I took Aiden to a local coffee shop to watch the inauguration on the big screen and make it a celebratory event rather than just another show on tv. While drinking hot cocoa and eating a bagel with cream cheese, Aiden watched our 44th President of the United States sworn in. He didn't understand it all, but he understood enough.

I hope we can leave this world a better place for our children.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

About Blog Wallpaper and TVs

I am seeing a whole lot of darling blogs. I'm talking totally gorgeous. Where does this breathtaking wallpaper come from? Does this cost money?

I'm always caught between remaining hip and trendy, and keeping things simple and basic. I generally just remain caught in the middle. For example, we have a 20+ year old TV. There is a dead zone at the top of the screen, and people's heads are chopped off at the forehead because of it. We have to bang the side of the TV for the picture to come in. We can afford to go out tomorrow to get a new TV, but it just isn't important to us. We don't even have cable. We care next to nothing about this. Next month we won't have a picture at all when we turn on the TV. I suppose we will get a TV then. Maybe.

When I see the TVs at the store I'm amazed at the colors and detail of the picture. Aiden just sits down in the middle of the TV aisle staring at all the TVs, and is in the twilight zone of course. But I still feel no compulsion to get one, except for the thought of the minimal floor space we would gain from having the TV on the wall instead of a table.

I'd appreciate some feedback on blog wallpaper options. I may not buy a TV, but I'll surely consider some hip and trendy free blog wallpaper.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

We are thankful for all the experiences of the past year, both positive and painful, as they make us who we are today. We look forward to the new, and wish everyone peace, love, happiness, health, and acceptance in the coming year.

Drew and Aiden spent New Year's Eve cruising the family-oriented activities downtown at the waterfront. It is nice that we are so close to downtown. I have some sort of a cold, possibly strep throat, so I tried to get some rest. I will call the doctor today to see if I should be tested.

The weather is delightful. Highs around 70 and cool enough for a comforter at night.

We cleaned out three boxes from the attic this week. More is coming down this coming week. Almost all the infant things will be donated. We can get what we need again if we need it. Aiden enjoys replaying with the baby toys. He doesn't remember them (it seems like just yesterday), but plays with them nonetheless. I like getting things out of the house. Drew says soon I'm going to remove him from the house too.

I'm beginning to add adoption blog links to my blog. It is a good way to keep the blogs in one place so that I can find them.