Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Post of 2010!

Our Christmas season has been a blast!  Here a just a few pictures of some of our great memories!
Planned Solos
unplanned solo
Christmas Eve Service

A visit from Eddy

A Snow Storm!

Just Dance Kids!

The title says kids but everyone had fun!

More dancing fun

Everyone WAS kungu fu fighting.
We meet Landon!!!!!
Big Daddy found us a new sledding hill!

Tomorrow I'll post my very ambitious 2011 resolutions!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

4 Months DTE (+6 days)

What a depressing month!  We actually moved back on the list to number 9.  The courts are super backlogged and I personally can't see how they could possibly ever catch up.  In other words I think when we finally get our referral we will most likely wait 3 months to travel for court (which is just our first trip).  I actually haven't blogged about it because it's been depressing me a little and I was hopping it would pass or I would have something interesting to report.  Oh well!
When I'm feeling a little glass half-full I tell myself that we are in the range of when they expect us to get a referral and that's good.
We do have a conference call on Tuesday so hopefully we will find out why things are so slow and they will tell us that they have tons of referrals to give out (but that may be wishful thinking).  In the meantime I'm trying to focus on the good and remind myself that this will happen.
Hopefully next month I will have more positive things to report!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Being Ignorant

I consider myself an intelligent person.  I don't like to be wrong or uninformed.  I hate feeling dumb or ignorant.  That being said I must confess, I have been SOOO IGNORANT.  Today is World Aids day.  I've been learning a lot about HIV and Aids lately through Project Hopeful and through a book I read, There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene.  I was shocked by some of the things I learned and it got me thinking, "What did I think about HIV?" and "How could I be so ignorant?!?!?"  Here is the conclusion of what I used to think about HIV and AIDS.

I remember learning about HIV and AIDS as an STD in high-school.  That was ten years ago and that's the last I remember thinking of it.  If I had been forced to consider why I didn't hear about it any more here is what my conclusion would have been:  HIV and AIDS is fatal but preventable so I guess we have all learned how to prevent it and those that already had it have died (harsh I know!)  I know it's still an issue in some third world countries so I guess they lack the knowledge or ability to prevent the spread of the illness.

I wasn't all wrong.  HIV and AIDS is totally preventable.  HIV is only spread through sexual contact, shared needles, and from mother to baby during birth or breast feeding (although this is preventable!)  However, it's not that HIV and AIDS are extinct in America.  HIV is a chronic disease and very manageable through the use of ARV's (drugs).  We still see HIV in third world countries because they cannot afford the drugs.  That makes me so sad.  These drugs are powerful things.  Sometimes the disease can become undetectable in regular blood tests when using these drugs.  I found out I even know someone with HIV that uses these drugs.  Guess what?  I would have had no clue had they not told me.    

I can't believe how ignorant I was.  Please don't let yourself be ignorant.  Get the facts and see if you can help eradicate the HIV pandemic.
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