Archive for January, 2009

I decided to go password protected.  I will share the password, but you have to be prepared to tell me your name and the city you live in.

If you want the password and you know me just ask for it – it will always be the same unless I indicate otherwise. If you don’t know the real me, send me an e-mail with the info above to: enat.eshururu@gmail.com and I will send it to you.

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We are slowing learning to accept the fact that our case is getting strung out.

Since we cannot change “IT”, we are trying to change other things to distract us from “IT”. On Friday I called our daycare and they so graciously agreed to hold our list spot without having to pay.  Whew.  Now I don’t have to go through the process of finding daycare again.  I also got in touch with someone at our local immigration office and I was able to get a date for our re-fingerprinting.*  Since we know that much needed and not easily movable date, we can now try to plan a vacation somewhere warm and away from here, away from our adoption, away from our day to day.  While in that warm place we can enjoy our son without feeling the immense frustration we have to go through to bring him home.

A little progress, right?  Any votes on where we should go to get away?  I am doing everything I can to keep myself from getting on a plane to ET right now. It just burns that we should be making plans for our trip to ET right now rather than plans for a consolation vacation.  It burns that families who got their referral after us will be traveling and home before us.

*The re-fingerprinting needs to be done because our current fingerprints expire in April – 15 months after they were approved.  We need to have valid fingerprints on file when we return home so we had to apply for re-fingerprinting.  This time it is free, next time it isn’t.

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that G should be a T

I need to talk about something other than our adoption right now.  It is all we have been discussing for the past 24+ hours in phone calls and e-mails between fits of uncontrollable crying.

There is something to celebrate from yesterday.  My Grandmother got to be ON THE NEWS.  Although they spelled her last name wrong, her sparkling and caring personality shines through.  This woman, in her upper 80’s, VOLUNTEERS MORE THAN SOME PEOPLE WORK at the local peace center.  She always has been service minded as long as my 31 years have known her.   You can even see her for yourself – she is interviewed in this piece.  I am pasting the article below.

This is yet another reason why our baby needs to come home.  He needs to get some good great-Grandma love.  She is a huge presence in my life and I want our little guy to experience her beauty.

Kids create human food chain to help community

The students of St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in New Prague made a “human food chain” Wednesday, despite temperatures which hovered around zero.

“It’s really cold,” said a bundled-up student.

“My oldest daughter is in sixth grade and she still says, 3,326 I think that’s what it was, I don’t know she kept repeating it and repeating it so this is just great,” said mother of two Renee Brod, who looked in amazement at a food chain two blocks in length.

The kids set out to donate more than 3,000 cans of food, ten cans per student and each donation passed through the hands of each student in honor of Catholic Schools Week.

The kids stood together, an arms length apart, starting at their school’s doors and ending at the Peace Center, the community’s food shelf.

“I think it’s just about the most beautiful thing that any school has ever done, for the people in this community,” said Peace Center volunteer Agnes Kragochvil.

The food chain is such a success, the school plans to make it an annual event.

However, next time they’ll do it in the fall or spring rather than the middle of winter.

By Jeffrey DeMars, KARE 11 News

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Need your help…

Sorry for the possible panic with the heading for those of you using bloglines, but I do really need your help and if you ever want to see pic’s of Peanut’s nursery you WILL help me.

So, for the fabric (curtains, crib skirt, changing table pad, etc.) in his room, I have narrowed it down to two choices.  Both will be used in the room (ummm…since I purchased them both already) but I need to decide how to use them.

His walls are Benjamin Brown Grizzly Bear Brown and the trim is True White.  I need to use the fabric to make curtains in the half window style, meaning they sit halfway up the double hung window and the top is open to allow in light (no worries – I have nice cord free roller shades to make it dark in his room).  The fabric choices are:

A. The Leo print  (purchased 6 yards)


B. The Polka Dot print (purchased 2 yards)


Now to how I need your help.  I need to decide how to use these fabrics.  I gave you some of the options circulating in my head in the poll below, but please if your creative mind sees something I do not, enlighten me.  Note: you don’t even have to sigh in to vote in the poll or leave your suggestion in the the “other category,” but if you do have a good suggestions, c’mon and let me know who you are so I can credit you.

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Before I clue you in to why I titled this post with an appropriate Kanye lyric, I will give you a Peanut update….

He is growing!  He is now 22 inches and 9.5 pounds!  We are eagerly awaiting our court date in LESS THAN 3 WEEKS.

Now for the reference…

Our agency publishes a monthly newletter.  This month included a trivia section.  Since I know you all area eager to brush up on your ET trivia,  I am copying it straight from the page of the e-mail for your taking.

Pop quizzes to follow, so be prepared or Prof. M. may reprimand you.

Ethiopia Quiz

Questions, Answers and Links for more info!  Answers below!

1. Ethiopian Christmas, called “Ganna”, is celebrated on December 30th.
True or False

2. Does Ethiopia have a sea coast?
Yes or No

3. Coffee is Ethiopia’s greatest export.
True or False

4. The population of Ethiopia is:
a. 63 million
b. 76 million
c. 82 million
d. 95 million

5. Ethiopia is one of the top 20 most populated countries in the world.
True or False

6.  The median age of a person in Ethiopia is:
a. 6 years
b. 16 years
c. 26 years
d. 36 years

7.  An average Ethiopian woman has 4.2 children
True or False

8. Prime Minister Melese Zenawi came into power in:
a. 1987
b. 1991
c. 1995
d. 2001

9. Ethiopia has an estimated 10 million mobile phones in use.
True or False

10. It is not certain how old the name Ethiopia is.
True or False


1. False, Ganna is celebrated on January 7th!

-For more information on Ganna, click here.

2. No, Ethiopia is landlocked!
-The entire coastline along the Red Sea was lost with the de jure
independence of Eritrea on 24 May 1993  For more information, click here.

3. Yes – Coffee is critical to the Ethiopian economy, with exports of over $350 million in 2006.
– Among the many legends that have developed concerning the origin of coffee, one of the most popular accounts is that of Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, who lived around AD 850. One Day he observed his goats behaving in abnormally exuberant manner, skipping, rearing on their hind legs and bleating loudly. He noticed they were eating the bright red berries that grew on the green bushes nearby. Kaldi tried a few himself, and soon felt a novel sense of elation. He filled his pockets with the berries and ran home to announce his discovery to his wife. ‘They are heaven-sent,’ she declared. ‘You must take them to the Monks in the monastery.’
–    Read the full history of coffee here.

4.  -According to CIA Factbook July 2008 estimate, Ethiopia has 82,544,840 people: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html

5.  True – – Ethiopia falls at #16 for most populated countries of the world. The only other
African country with a greater population is Nigeria. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2119rank.html

6.   –  The median age (CIA, 2008) is 16.9 years. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html Follow this link for a comparison to other countries: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2177.html It is interesting to note that the US median age is 36.7 years.

7.  False – -There is an average 6.17 children born to every Ethiopian woman: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html

8.  – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html  follow this link for more information on the Ethiopian government. Here is a link for more in-depth information on Zenawi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meles_Zenawi

9.  -False, according to CIA Factbook (2007) Ethiopia has 1.208 million mobile  phones; ranking them at 126th in the world. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2151rank.html

10.  – Its earliest attested use is in the Iliad (appears twice) and in the Odyessey (appears three times): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia

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