Archive for February, 2009
Forgive me for being political for a minute, but I wanted to mention something. We found out today that the adoption tax credit is set to expire in 2010. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a 12,000 dollar tax credit that is set to help adoptive families make adoptions happen. For many international adoptions, the costs can go well over 20,000 (ours was there…) between legal fees, agency fees, travel, etc. and even though we had opportunities for grants, no interest loans and many generous friends (thank you!!!) we still found ourselves with debt at the end of the day. This tax credit is designed to help with that and helps get many families the last mile to making their adoption happen.
It’s unfortunate that this incentive is allowed to expire when it has helped so many children come home to their families. If you think about it, please write your representatives in Washington in support of HR 213 so that children like Iona can be united with their families.
Here’s a last momento of the trip in Novemeber. I’m getting ready to rebuild my laptop and found this while I was cleaning up. It’s important to me because it’s the wifi hotspots that were ‘remembered’ from our journey. The first one is the Addis Guest Home, second, the airport in Dubai, third, JFK, and fourth Atlanta’s airport. I wanted to capture a copy of it before it got deleted. I’m nostalgic like that. *cough* *cough* GEEK.
Maybe I’m the only one who appreciates the humor of this, but I heard on the news this morning that ‘No line on the horizon’, the new album by U2, leaked via Napster early. I did a search on napster’s site to see if it was available for purchase and saw this:
I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…
Our valentines day:
Tons of cartoons in the morning. One of my favorites that we saw this morning was Strawberry Shortcake. Beyond the typical themes, they did a performance of Cinderella and there was this nice song at the end that hit the theme of ‘you are not the clothes you wear’; great, redeeming song and really surprising.
One of the better moments of the day was us seeing the commercial for the door sweep device that’s out now that’s supposed to keep the cold out. I asked Aidan if he would get one for us and he looked back at us and matter of frankly said ‘Dad, you can’t have everything you see on TV’.
We had a family date night tonight; spent a bit of time at Target, the library, Papa Murphys and ‘Space Buddies‘ which was, um, ‘cute’. I have to admit, though, it melts my ice cold heart to hear my son call me his ‘buddy’.
We also watched ‘Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist‘; super fun movie. I can’t recommend it enough, seriously. The writing was hillarious, it borrows a bit from ‘Adventures in Babysitting‘. The music is fabulous, and it’s really fun to have some real music geek humor in there too.
Yeah for at home dates!