orphans

2014 January

Hannah gets The Story

2017-07-19T20:02:56+00:00January 10th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

It’s just past 6 in the morning and Hannah is eating her toast and yoghurt, and from behind her I put my one hand on her shoulder, and then my other hand on her head, and I throw my own head back and then in a sort of bellowing loud voice I start into it all. “And [...]

2013 November

My daughter the singing orphan (and an update on Timothy)

2017-07-19T20:19:04+00:00November 22nd, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Of course our stories – your story, my story, the story of the drunk down in Apartment 8 –are all pretty much the same, that is they are all stories of human beings trying to get by in one way or another. I was reminded of this last night when Liz, my oldest, performed in [...]

2013 June

A prayer for Hannah. And this return visit to her orphanage

2017-07-20T00:15:07+00:00June 14th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

It's hard to know exactly how many orphans Uganda may have. Some estimates are as high as two million. What we do know is that there is one less. Her name is Hannah. She has been in our home for almost four years now. The interesting thing about Hannah is that long before we met [...]

2013 June

A place called ‘Baby Cottage’

2014-02-19T09:51:10+00:00June 14th, 2013|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday May 31, 2013) JINJA, UGANDA ✦ It’s Monday and we’re on the road early, dressed up, driving the 90 minutes down a dangerous road, the road that we won’t drive at night anymore because we fear it may kill us. We arrive at the court in Jinja, a relaxed beach-town on Lake Victoria, to finally be told ‘Yes. Yes, everything is in order and the court is satisfied, and Hannah will never have any family outside of yours, the family she clearly belongs in.’ Hannah is the Ugandan girl who’s been in our home for almost four years now. We just need the final stamp of court approval to make her adoption official.

2013 April

Mourning in Uganda with a change of clothes

2015-01-13T19:06:46+00:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: New Vision, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The New Vision Online - Monday, April 15, 2013) JINJA, UGANDA ✦ It's Monday morning and I sit in a Jinja café wearing a bright tie, blue shirt, navy blazer and brown pants, but I’m wishing I could start the day over and wear black from my neck to my feet, everything as black as the black in Uganda’s flag. This, as I read the latest news report of Black Monday, the growing citizens campaign pointing out what we already know, that Ugandans need to mourn, to grieve, to be saddened for their deepening losses, losses from thefts of public funds that are key to the wellbeing of this nation.

2013 April

Hannah’s adoption is official. Today. We hope.

2017-01-31T23:17:16+00:00April 8th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Today, April 8, 2013, is, we hope, the day we finally get Hannah’s adoption approved. We have been here before, to this court in Jinja, Uganda, but the wheels for this sort of thing, especially in Africa, can grind slow. Today, Hannah has on her best dress and, with us – and her siblings and [...]