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Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Iker Didi

I do not often use this blog to advocate for waiting children. It's not because I don't want to. I think every child needs a home. Since bringing Jack home, I haven't been obsessively scouring waiting lists. Most of the waiting lists that float into my email box have a huge list of people, including several well known bloggers, who far more eloquently than I advocate on a regular basis. This morning is different. This morning, I need to tell you about a little boy who is touching my heart.

Ikker Didi is from the same orphanage that Jack is from. Thanks to Love Without Boundaries, he is already way ahead of the curve Jack was placed on in China. He is in school. He is learning. He deserves a family.

This morning I'm tired. I'm cheating. I'm copying and pasting the entire blog post about Ikker Didi so you can see for yourself...


A Day at School with Iker DiDi

Our newest Believe in Me school in Changzhi, Shanxi, has a student who seems to light up each and every photo we see of him:  six-year-old Iker DiDi.  DiDi means “little brother” in Chinese, and since there is an older boy named Iker at the school, they call the younger boy “Iker DiDi.”  It’s pretty obvious that Iker DiDi enjoys school a lot!   He loves to learn Chinese characters and math and particularly loves to sing songs.  The teacher reports that he is very intelligent and active, and optimistic. His special need is that his left hand is smaller and weaker than his right.
We received several photos of Iker DiDi at school.  You can see here that he enjoys playing with building blocks…
…singing with friends…
(Iker DiDi is in grey on the right)
…helping the teacher fetch learning materials…
…and reciting ancient Chinese poems with his classmates.
Sweet Iker DiDi has been waiting on the shared list for over a year for his family to find him. Please help us spread the word that he is available by sharing his story!
Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact adoptionassistance@lwbmail.com with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.

Last I want to say how thankful I am to Love WIthout Boundaries. A nutrition program is starting at the orphanage in Changzhi as well as this new Believe In Me School. The difference I see in the pictures of these boys compared to the ones we received of Jack are amazing. If Ikker Didi isn't your son, I encourage you to check out Love WIthout Boundaries. They are really doing fabulous work all over China. Please support them in any way you can. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Works For Me Wednesday

Thought I was staying away? Yeah, me too. One more thing for Ray to play with moving over later...I have been lurking around the Works For Me Wednesday peeps for a bit now. It seems I finally have something to share.

Arleigh and Hanan got their ears pierced this summer. Two birthdays and one Christmas later, tiny little earrings and their backs seem to be multiplying like rabbits around here. I searched Pinterest long and hard to find a cute way to store them that wouldn't get them mixed up or jumbled. Most of the really cute designs were for big dangly earrings. Other than some feather earrings that Arleigh got for her birthday... not really their style.

I saw it somewhere long ago, though I can't remember where. My memory was jogged walking through Wal-Mart. They have a desk drawer that is not put to good use. I asked them to clean it out. (Two birds with one stone!) Then I slid in two ice cube trays. At $1 each they are far more affordable than some of the other stuff. I might have looked a little harder for some cute colors but these were right in front of me and the dresser is white.


Now I appreciate the white, because they can easily grab at the color they want. Isn't is beautiful? It's the one place in my house at this very moment that I know is all tucked away just where it belongs. 

It works for me!