Thursday, January 29, 2009

A joyful blog

I should have been in bed three hours ago but I couldn't tear myself away from this family of eleven kids, including five sons adopted from Africa. It just makes me smile and smile. :) If you go in the archives to January 2008 you can see the day their two sons from Ghana came home.

Also, my cousin and her husband adopted three siblings from Ukraine in July 2007 and I've really loved following their blog and reading about all the firsts-- first Christmas, first day of school... I got to meet the kids this last summer, my first cousins once removed. They're lovely smiling children who look like they've been with their parents forever.


JimAroo said...

Thanks for sharing this. Isn't generosity inspiring? Just hearing about it lifts my heart to God. If our God didn't exist, there would be no such goodness in this earthly jungle.

By the way, I am impressed by your precise knowledge of the rules of family relationship. I almost never find anyone who knows or even cares.

Rachel Gray said...

Tolkien liked that kind of thing and put this in near the beginning of Lord of the Rings: "Mr. Drogo, he married poor Miss Primula Brandybuck. She was our Mr. Bilbo's first cousin on the mother's side (her mother being the youngest of the Old Took's daughters); and Mr. Drogo was his second cousin. So Mr. Frodo is his first *and* second cousin, once removed either way, as the saying is, if you follow me."

I turned to the family trees at the back of the book to figure out the meaning of that passage, and thus I learned the different kinds of cousins. :)