Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Let's Make This Fair!

I started blogging simply to keep close friends and family in the loop about our adoption. Somewhere along the way we were discovered by you and people like you from all around the world!

This past Saturday we were one of the featured families at an adoption informational seminar sponsored by our agency. When I gave out our blog address one of the couples interested in adopting from Ethiopia didn't write it down. Come to find out, they're already readers of our blog. Then the agency rep who was leading the seminar told us that she's aware of others.


Some of you have left very nice comments but when we go to your profile there's nothing there but a screen name.

I hardly think it's fair that you know us and we don't know you!

So here's the deal. We've successfully jumped through every hoop known to man in order to adopt Neti and Meke (those who have adopted internationally know what I'm talking about). We're safe people. We've been fingerprinted, FBIed, background checked, and health-screened. We're convinced we're not child molesters or internet stalkers.

So if you'd be so kind, I'd like to know just five things:
  1. Who are you?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. How did you find this blog?
  4. Why do you read this blog?
  5. What's your Master Card number and Social Security number?

If you're not comfortable answering the first two questions, I'd be interested in #3 or #4.

Don't leave a comment! (Unless you're OK with the entire world seeing your info). Just send an email with your answers to this address.

By the way, if you answer question #5 you probably should get your mother's permission before going online.


At 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Robert & Sarah
2. North eastern PA
3. Looking for info on Ethiopia adoption
4. We are currently adopting from Ethiopia (docs just sent). Also have 5 other kids- 3 bio, 1 girl from China and 1 boy from China.
5. **** **** **** ****, ###-##-####

At 11:06 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

1. Carrie.
2. Alaska
3. Linked from another blog
4. You traveled not too long before we did... all that living vicariously stuff. I continue reading because I'm interested in older children adoption next time and love the insight.

At 2:01 PM , Anonymous Elaine said...

1 elaine
2 ontario, canada
3 linked from another blog
4 there aren't too many 'Dad' bloggers, your persective and your insights are confident and entertaining.
5 can you say 'maxed out'

check out deliberateactsofkindness soon - it will be up and running in a couple of days!

At 4:09 PM , Blogger Mary said...

1. Rob & Mary
2. Grand Rapids, Michigan
3. A woman from our church sent us a link after finding out that we're starting the process of adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia.
4. Information/stories about families who've already travelled and brought home precious adopted children are an encouragement and blessing!
5. Ummmm, no :-)

At 4:30 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

1. Kathy
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. another adoption blog
4. we have 2 adopted kids (16 and 9) who were our former foster children and 2 bio kids (16 and 14) and I just enjoy reading adoption blogs! = - )
5. ha ha!

At 7:19 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

1. Michelle
2. Oregon (the city, not the state)
3. Two special people in my life gave me the address...their names are Rhonda & Tracy. :-)
4. Love your stories...have made me do everything from laugh to cry.
5. You crack me up! Thanks for the laugh - needed that!

At 9:46 PM , Blogger I WOULD GATHER CHILDREN said...

1. Jen
2. Grand Blanc, Michigan
3.from Natalie....or was it Suzi? Both with AGCI
4.I read because we too have a 4 year old from ET and I like to know she is adjusting alot like your kiddos. She has been home almost 2 months now.
5.My mastercard would do you no good, it's about maxed out!

At 10:51 PM , Blogger Eric and Cheryl said...

1. Eric and Cheryl
2. Portland, Oregon
3. I don't really remember, I've been following a long time
4. Your story has been so precious...I love those girls, they make me laugh all the time. I always call my family to come and see new pictures and stories of Neti and Meke. Thank you for sharing your story!!

At 11:35 PM , Blogger Hi! I'm Laura. Welcome to my blog. said...

1. laura
2. DC
3. don't recall-i read a lot of blogs
4. i like reading about those in the process. i keep reading yours cause i am still not sure if i want to adopt an infant or an older child
5 ;-) funny.

At 7:07 PM , Blogger Karen said...

1. Karen.
2. Michigan.
3. Linked from another blog
4. We're adopting from Ethiopia also, and I started reading your blog before you travelled, and now I just want to see how the rest of the story goes...:-)

At 8:14 PM , Blogger jen said...

1. jen
2. that's a secret
3. I really can't remember, but when I first found you (during the time that we were still researching Ethiopian adoption but were very close to starting our process) you had a whoping 3 or 4 posts . . . but I really liked what you had to say.
4. We too are adopting from Ethiopia. We too are adopting two. We also have two children in our home now. Finally, I would say that we agree about many things - many of the things you posted about your reasons for adopting and living the life you do. :)
5. nope, but my blog is a www.learningpatience.wordpress.com
I think you can see it when you click on my name, but in the interest of leveling the playing field there you go!


At 9:09 PM , Blogger Jen said...

3)Someone with AWAA had a link to your blog. Hubby and I enjoy reading it together.
4)You are a great writer and the blog has been educational for us, and your family is just precious!

At 3:06 PM , Blogger Ron and Kellie Pellizzari said...

1. Ron and Kellie
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. We got your blog off of another family blog site with AWAA.
4. We are in the "paperchase" process of adopting an infant boy from ET through AWAA
We LOVE your Blog!! You're going to have to keep blogging until your girls are in college! We can't get enough of it!

At 3:36 AM , Anonymous Leah said...

1. My name is Leah
2. I'm from Alaska
3. I don't remember how I found your blog.
4. I read it (and have it in my favorites) because God has given me the heart to someday adopt. For now, I wait, and read, and learn. Until my husband also feels that we are called to adopt. :)
5. my card number is... oh wait, I can't find it. Guess the dog ate it.

At 11:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Em
2. Australia
3. Through someone's else's blog
4. Interested in stories of adoption and what a blessing it is for the whole family

At 3:03 AM , Blogger sunniefaith said...

1. Who are you? Faith Sim
2. Where are you from? Singapore but we live in Hong Kong now and probably for the next 3 years
3. How did you find this blog? A link from another blog.
4. Why do you read this blog? We're planning to adopt a child from HK and it's nice to read from another brother and sister in Christ's perspective.
5. What's your Master Card number and Social Security number? No Master, visa and amex, okay? It's all maxed out anyway. No social security number.....we're from Spore

At 11:37 PM , Anonymous Beth said...

1)Beth, SAHM to 2
2)Northern KY
3)Mary's blog at adoptionblogs.com
4)We are doing our homestudy to adopt 1or2 older children from Ethiopia
5)Shoot don't have a mastercard. SS# 999-99-9999

At 4:33 PM , Blogger Amber said...

1. Amber
2. Miamisburg, Ohio
3. I initially found it as we were beginning to look into adoption and i wanted to read from someone actually going through it. i think i googled "blog" and "ethiopia" and maybe "awaa"
4. i read because we will be starting our journey in just a few months! can't wait!

At 8:44 AM , Blogger Kyle said...

1. Kyle Northrop
2.Oregon Oh.
3. Tracy and Rhonda told me about the blog an I became an addict shortly after it started
4. I read because I like people (that sounds funny) but I think people are a funny thing. Not only do I like to hear what is happening with the Waal's life, but I like to see how people respond and I even respond myself.
5. My credit rating is 000 so if you want it, lets trade.


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