For those who have or plan to donate to Haiti-relief organizations, the IRS has issued a special tax provision to allow you to deduct your cash donations on your 2009 Tax Return. The provision includes those texted-in donations the Red Cross and many other organizations collected. The law does not apply to property or goods donations.(image taken from World Vision)
Archive for January, 2010
One of the things the boys have to do in their co-op class every Wednesday is give a brief oral presentation to the class. The general category is assigned, but they can pick anything that fits. So for “Favorite Things” week: Read the rest of this entry
One of the comments on Friday’s post left me thinking about one of the paradoxical truths about adoption: that while it can be a beautiful thing, it is nonetheless a thing born out of grief and loss.
Just so you don’t have to flip back to the post, the comment was about how the boys looked happier in their more current pictures than they did in the pictures from the first day we met them.
It made me revisit the story of that day from their perspective. And of course they look happier now! There was nothing happy for them that day! They lost a beloved foster mom, their familiar language, familiar-looking caregivers, familiar food, the bed they’d been sleeping in for eight months, the toys they’d played with, the clothes they’d worn. Everything changed, all of a sudden. They didn’t know us. They’d been told we were coming and had pictures, but they were 2 1/2. They didn’t understand what that meant. That they would be handed off to us and never see Xiomara again. That we’d take them far away on a plane. They weren’t sure they’d like us or that we were safe. They certainly didn’t love us. And here we were, strangers, now changing their diapers and carrying them around, telling them it was time to eat or time to go to bed. Most of the time speaking in a language they couldn’t understand.
All this on top of losing their birthmother, eight months prior.
I pulled out another picture of that day that really says it all:
Just finished this book after hearing it mentioned in a sermon at my aunt’s and uncle’s church over the New Year’s weekend. John Ortberg tackles the topic of how much we “play life to win” but mis-interpret what “winning” is. We miss things along the way, opportunities and relationships we have in the present, because we’re so busy focusing on the “next big thing” we think we “need.” Read the rest of this entry
Were they to read that heading, BOTH of the twins would protest that they’re not babies. But they can’t read much yet; nor are they allowed on the Internet by themselves for blog perusal or any other activity. So “yea!” for me; I can get away with it this one last time.
Today is our kids’ 3rd “Gotcha Day.” For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s the third anniversary of when we “got” them, the day we first met our sons.
January 22, 2007. Even when I’m old and senile, I’m pretty sure I will not forget that day. Two little men came toddling into the lobby of our hotel in Guatemala City, clutching their foster mom’s hands with one hand and photos of us in their other.
Tiny two and a half year olds (the size of one year olds by U.S. growth chart standards). Huge brown eyes, chubby cheeks, dark brown hair, bow-shaped lips.
What is a dossier?
An adoption dossier is the set of documents required by a foreign country in order to be considered to adopt there. Not ever country requires one, but most do.
U. S. domestic adoptions do not require a dossier.
Submitting your dossier is the first official step in that country. Usually, you have to submit some portion of the country fee (the amount of money that country collects from prospective adoptive parents in order to process an adoption) with your dossier.
Submitting a dossier does not guarantee that you will adopt a child. Each country has the right to decline a family’s file.
Haiti is (justifiably) getting the lion’s share of news coverage right now. But Guatemala and El Salvador were also shaken by an earthquake on Monday – a magnitude 5.8 according to the U.S. Geological Survey . With its epicenter located in the ocean to the south of Guatemala City and west of San Salvador, the quake rocked rural areas in both countries.(photo credit U.S. Geological Survey) Read the rest of this entry
Short Answer: If you mean your placement agency, no. Your homestudy agency, however, must be licensed in the state in which you reside.
Longer Answer and Explanation:
An adoption placement agency is the agency that will match you with a child you’ve said you would accept for adoption. Ideally, that agency is looking to place children needing families with the best family matches for them and not the other way around, but that’s a topic for another post. Your placement agency can be anywhere in the country of which you are a citizen.
If you enroll in an international adoption program, your placement agency should have reputable contacts in that country to facilitate the legal process there. Always check on an agency and what you can find out about their reputation in-country before signing with them! Read the rest of this entry
Lest I become too comfortable and then unduly complacent in the Hispanic ministry group I mentioned joining back in the fall, I was hit with another stretch-goal last night: sharing mi testimonio (my testimony as a Christian) – en español.
I think our group leader likes me. But he announced to the group a few weeks ago that “Kim has volunteered to go first and will be sharing her testimony in Spanish next week.” – Announced it to them before announcing to me that I would be speaking so soon!
Only he said it IN Spanish, so it sounded like
>>Kim se ha ofrecido a ir primero y va a compartir su testimonio en español la próxima semana.<<
… good thing I understand more than I can speak or I’d have never known!
I wasn’t exactly feeling the love at just that time. Read the rest of this entry