Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Obstetric Fistula/A Walk to Beautiful

About nine months ago I watched the documentary, A Walk To Beautiful. It was probably one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever watched. I never realized something that is almost unheard of in this country is so rampant in countries like Ethiopia. These girls got under my skin and I think about them almost everyday.
An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms between the uterus and the bladder and/or the uterus and bowel. It causes a young women or girl to be incontinent of urine and stool. It is caused by traumatic laboring resulting when the baby is too big to come out. Sadly, the baby usually dies and the girl must deliver ,sometimes in pieces, a stillborn child. If that isn't bad enough, now she must live the rest of her life banished from her family and village because she cannot control her urine and /or stool. She becomes a leper and has to live like a wild animal.
This epidemic stems from so many factors. Girls are very small framed since they lack proper nutrition and have spent the majority of their lives carrying heavy water jugs or bundles of wood. There are no hospitals and these women are forced to labor in their huts for sometimes up to two weeks.
Please take the time to read about the Fistula Foundation. It is such a beautiful organization to support. You would be supporting your fellow women of the world. They have just as much a right to a safe delivery as we do. And please, Watch, A Walk To Beautiful. You can watch the entire episode below and it might change your life. It changed mine.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oh for the love of coffee

I love coffee. It is how I start my day. And not just any coffee, but good, really good coffee. A few years ago before we had even started our adoption process my husband and I stumbled upon this documentary called Black Gold. WOW....I have never been able to look at a simple cup of coffee the same.
How is it that coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world and a billion dollar commodity. And the country where it was actually discovered still remains one of the most impoverished in the world. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

One year ago

As I wake up on this one year anniversary, I am greeted by a healthy happy thriving little 3 year old who is telling me to wake up b/c it is 'morning time'. She is climbing into our bed to give us a good morning kiss and wants to go downstairs to watch her favorite show 'Dora the Explorer'. When downstairs, she turns on her kids bop CD and starts singing into a microphone. She is happy. I remember a year ago today bringing home a tiny frightened little girl with no hair who is clinging to me for dear life. She is quiet and serious trying to take in all that is happening and constantly changing in her world. She is exhausted and sick. She only sleeps with her body pressed against mine and wakes several times to see if I am there. She is terrified of our 2 gentle dogs and seems to climb so high on me that she is wrapped around my head. She eats like she has never seen food before and this might be her last meal. She has never seen a book and stares at them not understanding their purpose. She is amazed at driving in the car and stares quietly out the window. Her tiny legs have rickets and she seems so frail. A year later, she is chunky and has become a picky eater. She loves french fries and pasta with tomatoes. She loves to be read to especially by her sister. Her rickets are gone, she speaks in complete sentences, she is confident and loud. She has the most beautiful curly brown hair. She loves her dogs and asks to sleep with lucky our cat at night. She falls asleep in her bed with a smile and sigh. She has doubled in size and keeps outgrowing shoes. She loves pink and playing with her cousin Emily. When I go to work, she says 'bye mommy, I lub you'. Diana is her 'sista' and Jack and Alex are her 'bruddas'. I am mommy or her 'mudda'. Mike is daddy. Of all the joys in my life, there is no greater joy than knowing that Eva is happy.


Did you know that more than 1/2 of the world gets their water from an unclean source like a dirty watering hole or river. And that intestinal infections like giardia and ecoli are aquired because the water is most likely contaminated with parasites and harmful bacteria. Unfortunately in many parts of the world, men, women and children have no choice but to drink this water because it is the only water they have. I am committed to raising awareness about this problem. Everytime I turn on the faucet, I think, 'what a miracle'. Clean water should not be a priveledge yet it is. It should be a right to every human on earth.