Category Archives: Raising an Ethiopian son

Purpose

Looking back, I shake my head on how much I didn’t get when we added a six year old boy from Ethiopia to our family five years ago.  On the outside, we foolishly convinced ourselves that everything was fine but … Continue reading

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Pictures do tell a thousand words…and then some

Four years ago, after twenty-two hours of travel between Addis Ababa and Portland, Oregon, Noah met the rest of the family.  Rather than write about it I figured I would show you through the pictures my friend Kathryn took of … Continue reading

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One Hundred and Eighty Degrees…

The morning after Noah and I arrived home we were both wide awake when the morning sun filtered through the Cascade foothills to the east.  Inquisitive Noah set off to explore his new world while I drug myself to the kitchen … Continue reading

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In Noah’s Defense

Last night Noah excitedly waved a National Geographic in front of my face. Noah: They found it!  They found it! Me: Found what? Noah: The Titanic!!  And they found it in the ocean!! Me: (Silently muttering): Dear God… His enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Just sit right back…

Parenting ala Sherwood Schwartz My love affair with Gilligan’s Island began back in the late 60’s.  I don’t remember too many episodes that aired on prime time, except the one where the castaways thought their island was haunted.  I remember … Continue reading

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