adoption

2017 April

Returning to Hamilton, Ugandan treasure beside us

April 15th, 2017|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

I will miss the light of Africa as much as I will miss anything. I will miss the water too. This, even as I’ll miss Africa itself, the birthplace of our youngest daughter, the place where the light shines so beautifully on her skin.

2015 June

O Canada, Hannah stands on guard for thee

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, June 27, 2015) HAMILTON, CANADA ✦ My youngest daughter, Hannah, is a cool girl who loves water, makes friends easily and puts lots of maple syrup on her pancakes. She laughs more than I do, often from a deep and hearty place. She likes the fact that her name – which in the original Hebrew means “gracious” or “God’s gift to the world” – is spelled the same forwards and back. Canada is cool too. It makes fine maple syrup and, as far as countries go, laughs more than many.

2014 October

Someday the last will be first. Someday.

October 29th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s been Hannah in the news here lately, with this post at Thanksgiving and, the other day, this photo, a photo that prompted a Ugandan university student to write me and say a big thank you to our entire family for adopting Hannah. ("thanx for adopting our ugandan girl who cant help her self....") This sort of [...]

2014 October

On adoption, giving thanks and growing young

October 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

She's  hardly a perfect girl, but there is one thing about our adopted daughter, Hannah, she can say things from time to time that show just how profoundly thankful she is to be in our family. Even at her young age -- she's just 8 -- she knows enough about her own story. On the [...]

2014 October

Learning to be a kid again

October 14th, 2014|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA✦It’s the children who in the end will be given the keys to the Kingdom. This is what Jesus said on the matter. Be a kid again. The way up is down. If you want even half a shot at eternal life, as if it were somehow possible, go and grow young.

2014 October

What, you have no legs? Have a great Thanksgiving anyway.

October 13th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Pilgrims landed on the shores of North America, not Africa, which is one reason we're having chicken and lasagna for our Thanksgiving dinner in Uganda this evening. No, there is no Thanksgiving in this country, except for Canadian expatriates who make due with what happens to be available. In this case, regardless of what [...]

2014 March

Hannah’s story in Uganda’s national newspaper

March 8th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Hannah’s adoption continues to make the news, this time in Uganda’s national  daily, the New Vision. Faithful Reader knows all about the good news of the recent adoption approval we received from the Ugandan court. This, after we fostered Hannah for three years, and then after a further wait of more than 500 days. That’s [...]

2014 January

The hills are alive with the sound of mystery

January 14th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

So over the weekend Hannah and I did a little dance because Hannah wanted to dance in her new birthday bathrobe, this during an intermission of The Sound of Music, the first time all five of us sat down to watch it together. Maybe Hannah danced too because we’re still basking in the glow, that [...]