Saturday, March 27, 2010

My far away son...

My friend Lindsey just visited Biruk while she was in Ethiopia picking up her kids.
She sent me 160 pictures from Kolfe.
(many which featured my sweet boy)
I love her for that.
But what I love most, is that she gave him this:

[PHOTO REMOVED] - (showed her hugging him)
from his mama
(and probably another one from herself)

I was all smiles going through the pictures - until this one. I suspect this final shot was snapped as Lindsey and the other visitors drove away. This is the shot that captures everyday life, the one he lives when there are no visitors to chat with, hug, and take pictures.

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's over

Six games

in 48 hours

3 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie

1 tired boy

2 very proud parents.

We love you Avery and couldn't be more proud of the way your played your heart out this season.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dream BIG

I love the "All About Me" papers that come home from school, I mean, I really love them.

Recently, one of these beloved papers came home for Amelle Naima Moore. Nickname: Pumpkin Pie. Favorite color: purple. Favorite sport to play: basketball. Eye color: green.

I wasn't real surprised by any of the answers, but there was one that did stand out, it was the last question, number 17:

What do you dream of doing someday?


[living in] a land full of ice cream and hamburgers and pizza.

Yeah, that's Amelle. It's good to dream big.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pick Up Sticks

Last weekend we played "pick up sticks"
"Spring in Maine" edition.

As I type, there are huge gusts of wind tossing more branches to the ground, disconnecting more power lines, toppling more trees, and more torrential rain cascading from the heavens - causing major flooding in our area.

Perhaps next weekend

We'll get to play pick up sticks again

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Facing the Giants

I love basketball season.
However, I will admit that this season has been a little, um...rough.
You see, Avery is on a 5th grade team in a 5th & 6th grade league.

The thing about 6th grade boys is that some of them have hit their "growth spurt", while others have not. Pictured above, is Holden, one of our "big guys", sandwiched in between the blue team's "big guys".
Um, yeah.

But being giant in size isn't as powerful as being giant in spirit.
Avery's team was down by 10 at the end of the first quarter. Then they were down by 14. But then it was 8, then 6...and then Avery hit a 3-pointer which made my eyes well up....they were down by just 3 points!
Unfortunately the blue team fought back and regained their 8-point lead until Dawson showed up with two key steals and tightened it up again. Less than a minute left on the clock and they were down by 3 points. Basket! Then they were down by 1 point with 20 seconds on the clock. Guy got fouled and sunk both foul shots - they were now ahead by 1 point for the first time in the entire game with 20 seconds on the clock.
And they WON!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Harvard Museum of Natural History Part II

As I mentioned, the trip the museum on Saturday was good fun.
Not very informative, but fun.
Um. This is NOT my family tree.
(I'm more closely related to Leprechauns than monkeys.)

Oh really?
I love this line, "evolution is an essential truth". Translation, "evolution is not true, in fact, it is a fading theory that was created by a racist named Charles Darwin". The truth is that Darwin thought that black people were "less evolved" than white people.
I guess he just figured, "Hey, they're both brown...."
This was the most interesting of all the exhibits. This guy is so highly evolved that he carries his testies in a polka dotted purse.
Teach your children the truth.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Harvard Museum of Natural History Part I

On Saturday we went here:

It was fun.

Whatchu lookin' at?

Amelle next to some whale bones. Not hard to see how Jonah could end up in there for a few days.

I let Amaya touch my camera and ended up with a free souvenir.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Pizza Par-tay!

I have some dear friends who are traveling to Ethiopia next week to pick up their kids. Exciting huh? Well, instead of being all wrapped up in their own lives (um, they're going to pick up their kids who they have been in the process of adopting for like 2 years) - they're wondering how they can help orphans who will remain in orphanages after they leave Ethiopia.

So....lucky for me - they're planning to throw a pizza party at Kolfe (my son's orphanage)! Woot! A huge pizza party for 130 teenage boys who have never eaten pizza before in their lives (a double-shame because Ethiopian pizza is freakin' awesome!)! I digress. Anyway - IMAGINE the awesomeness of that experience! I so wish I could be there for that. However, they've promised to take a bazillion pictures so it will be like we were all there. Minus the grease stains.

The thing is, they need some coinage to make it happen. This is where I see a huge opportunity for you and me. If you have kids, this is a great opportunity to teach them about loving others, sacrificially. Sure they can contribute their chore money or their birthday money, but how about planning a pizza night at home and instead of ordering pizza, eat PB&J sandwiches and giving all the money you would have spent on pizza to this cause? LOVE that. Or how about skipping lunch and sending the $5 you would have spent on a sandwich? Just thinking out loud here.

Whatever way/amount you decide to contribute would be great, seriously. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be a part of something so good!

Check out their blogs and their journeys here: Amy & here: Lindsey. I love these girls and know their HUGE hearts for orphans.

Contributions made through CHC (be sure to write "ET - Kolfe Pizza Party" in the memo section!) are tax deductible - cha-ching!