Big Announcement…

We’re excited to announce that we are adopting a child from India!

We’re gonna have a child!!!!!! WOO!!

[*Party!*]

Let’s start from the beginning. When Varun and I were dating, we talked about kids–how many we wanted, when we should have them, etc. I shared with Varun that I felt called to adopt; several close friends of mine had been adopted, as were two of my darling cousins. As such, it has always seemed a natural and loving way to build a family.

Over the years, God has brought various families into our life who have shared their journeys in adopting children with us. Last year, we began reading and thinking about adoption. After Varun read Adopted for Life, we knew adoption would be a way that we grew our family.
We thought about it carefully, prayed, did research, talked with adoptive families and chatted with our own families. Finally, we decided in June 2012 to begin growing our family by adopting a child from India. We are adding to our family through adoption before we consider adding to our family biologically. (There’s lots of practical and ideological conversations to have about this, so I’ll probably add to my new FAQ page later.)

This week, we got our approval from the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services! This is a huge milestone and means that our file can go to India and the waiting game can begin.

Despite the piles of paperwork, the home study, the government mandated parenting classes…it all still feels a bit surreal. It will likely be over 2 years (if not 3!!) before we bring our child home. (Here’s our timeline…) In the mean time, we are lovingly preparing a home for the special little one that will join our family.

(Believe it or not, we decided this in June and I didn’t blog about it for four months! Let’s be honest, I started a word doc and blogged Creed style. Anyway.)

(Not to worry, we won’t actually put chai in the baby’s bottle. At least not caffeinated…)

Special thanks to Shelly Spithoff for the amazing photos! We had so much fun taking them and they turned out beautifully! Stop by her website to get a peek at her awesome work.

A Perfect Pair

Snail mail: What a novelty! Last week I had the joy of getting a card in the mail from my dear friend Yolanda who has been serving for a few years in Burundi.

The minute I saw the card, I knew two things: it was handmade, and it was definitely for/about Varun and I. Inside, Yolanda had written, “When I first saw this card, you immediately popped into mind, and I thought back to many of the stories and reflections you’ve shared on your blog”. Interestingly, Yolanda goes on to explain that after this card was shown to focus groups in North America and the UK, it received negative feedback because the socks are not, in fact, a ‘perfect pair’. I chuckle to think of survey-takers adamant and annoyed that the socks do. not. match.

This beautiful card was handmade in Rwanda on recycled paper by a lovely company called Cards from Africa. Young people who have lost their parents to ‘conflict or disease’ work to carefully craft these whimsical cards and are given education, healthcare, food and shelter. As I browsed their website, I got so excited to buy my Christmas cards from Cards from Africa! While they cost a bit more than Hallmark, I’m know my money is going toward fair trade, recycled and proudly made cards.

I love my Perfect Pair card. It’s sitting on my bedside table to remind me of Yolanda, to remind me of my perfectly different-from-me husband, and to remind me to take life a little less seriously. And yes, to remind me to write someone a letter and actually put it in the mail.

P.S. Cards from Africa did not promote this post or sponsor it in any way. I just love what they’re doing and love their cards.

P.P.S. Check out this post by American Punjabi Pi in response to my post, Racial Privilege.

International Day of the Girl

Let’s pretend it’s yesterday. Why? Because yesterday, October 11 2012, was the first ever International Day of the Girl.

“The day promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.” -U.N. Women 

This year, the focus is on child marriage. To learn more about child marriage and the millions of girls worldwide who are wed at early ages, check out the U.N. press release on child marriage. As is bound to happen with any issue so tied into cultural norms, child marriage has already sparked some interesting dinner conversations at our house. Is it wrong if it’s the norm within a culture? What are the rights of children? Who is to decide what is healthy and good? I’ll be honest: I’m still learning about this and don’t have an intelligent opinion to share. But let’s learn together, shall we?

In many places, girl children are discriminated against, sold as sex slaves, discarded at birth or aborted for being female. This documentary, It’s a Girl, seeks to raise awareness about the troubling state of girls around the world. Today, would you take a few moments to learn about the troubles girls face, write a letter to your MP or Senator, sign a pledge, watch a documentary, send money, hug a girl, love a girl, adopt a girl or pray for a girl?

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