Monday, June 15, 2009


We collected 250 pairs of socks for Sock It Up. We are so proud to see that so many people still have a giving heart. We thank you very much for participating in our first Sock It Up. For those of you who missed this opportunity, we will be doing it again real soon.

We donated the socks last week to HIP (Homeless Inititiave Program) who provides services to homeless families from shelter/housing, job training, clothing, name it-HIP provides it. They go to the streets and help people who are either too proud or don't know where to get help. They were so appreciative to get the socks. It was like watching your child on Christmas open up their presents. The staff just kept saying, "thank you, thank you, thank you." It felt good to have my family give the socks to them and explain how Sock It Up came about. Afterwards, my children talked about how good they felt and how proud they are that they are giving back to people who are less fortunate. If I can offer any advice to anyone, you must do this with your kids. I can't explain the feeling I had when my children talked about their feelings. It is one of those life lessons that I think will stick with them when they become adults. There are so many children only knows receive, receive, receive, and my children were like that. I was like that as a child. I am not saying that this has changed them to not like to receive, but I am sure that it has changed the way they look at how blessed they really are. After we gave the socks, our family served dinner at a church who serves meals to the marginalized. The girls really enjoyed serving and asked if they can do it again. It is amazing how good it feels to give.

Well here's the update on the adoption-still patiently waiting. The courts will be closing soon in Ethiopia for a hiatus however our agency said this shouldn't hold up getting our referral. Just keep us and our son in your prayers.