Blueberry gluten & dairy-free pancakes (with raspberries on top for Dan) – working on the last quarts of frozen berries from last year’s picking expeditions on Sauvie Island – definitely have to pick more this year since harvest isn’t for a couple months!
With less than a month left in this year’s SMART program, we got photos taken of us with our kindergarteners that we read with. Here’s Dan with one of his kiddos who he’s built a great relationship with over the school year. Makes me all warm and fuzzy to see them!
…and here I am with one of my kiddos who has been so fun to spend time with. We don’t realize how much of an impact we have on these kiddos, even with just a short amount of time with them each week. It has taught me a lot about having faith in the process because when I look back to the start of the year, I’m amazed at how far these great kids have come and am so proud to be part of such a wonderful program.
While we are hoping to get pregnant on our own, we are also starting our research into adoption. A couple of weeks ago we went to a DHS information session for foster/adoption within the Portland area, and also have begun to inquire with a couple of local DHS-approved adoption agencies who do international adoptions, including Journeys from the Heart, who has a program in Uganda that looks to be a good fit with our background. We also like that it is not a religious-based agency, which we appreciate as we don’t think that religious beliefs (or lack thereof) should be a requirement for adoption. Kids need good homes and the chance to find their own way when it comes to spirituality.
I am proud to donate, to volunteer, to support with all my heart Hillary Clinton for President in 2016. No, she’s not perfect, but she is an incredibly strong, smart woman with a good heart, tremendous record as Secretary of State and defender of human rights, and a role model for girls, for women, and for anyone who believes that women are equal to men. We need a woman at the helm, and I hope that people will not be swayed by the rampant sexism in American culture and see how important she is for our future. (image credit)