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definitionafrica

Got to talk with some people who work for this company at their local shop in Kampala at the Acacia Mall. I love that they are about- redefining the value of ‘African,’ changing the perception of local productions, and increasing the value of African products. #goodnews

Bonus: their store is really cool!

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how mom feels

Lately, my adoption excitement has been pretty low. It’s not because I’m not excited about the fact that we are bringing 2 additional children into our home, it’s because it doesn’t feel like it’s happening. We are in the waiting period where we have no information and there is nothing we can do to move things along any quicker. I’ve been trying to sort out why I feel the way I do, and when I read this article, a few things made sense (particularly #5 which causes me daily sadness). So, if you’re wondering where I’m at most of the time, check this out. It’s (for the most part) a pretty good look at how I feel.

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Sign this (please).

I often look at the magnitude of the brokenness in the world and feel that there is little I can do about it. I am passionate about living a life of love that leaves people, places and things better off and more whole than when I came across them, but still, my potential impact can seem so small in comparison to the size of the problems in the world.

Every once in a while I come across small things that actually make a big difference, and this is one of them. Conservative estimates say more than 10 million children around the world live outside a family setting, in institutions or on the street. In reality, that number may be much higher. 

Adoptions into the U.S. have fallen by more than 60 percent since 2004, due in large part to a broken system filled with delays, bureaucracy, discrimination and staggering costs.

By sacrificing a small amount of time (it took me about 1 minute to fill it out) we can be advocates for these children and these families who are waiting around the world. To me, it seems like a small sacrifice for a potentially big impact. I hope you will join me.

Here’s to bringing kids home and to ending the false assumption that we can’t make a difference in the world at large.