Archive for September 7th, 2006

Anna’s foster family

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

We got another little update on Anna’s living situation in China from CCAI today.  We had been confused whether she was with a foster family, or in the orphanage.  As you can see, she’s with a foster family, and it sounds like a great situation for her.  Now I’m going to worry that we’re taking her away from her wonderful home with a little old grandmother who absolutely dotes on her, and she’ll be miserable when she has to come with us!  Of course, we know that isn’t true, and we also know that children with albinism have little opportunity for normal education or social interaction in China.  She’ll look so normal in our family, I doubt that people will even notice any differences in her.

Jiang Yi Qin

9/5/2006 Update
Foster Family:
The orphanage told me that she had been in the foster care since 11/2005, her foster father worked in geologic exploration team, foster mother stayed at home to care Jiang Yi Qin and her own two grandchildren (one is 5 years old, another is 6 years old) and their own children were married and lived nearby.

Apples, anyone?

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

After living in our house for over 5 years, we learned, just today, that we have an apple tree!  I knew that little tree had pretty blossoms in the spring, and always assumed it was some sort of non-functional fruit tree, but today, I noticed that it has a few ripening apples on it!  They’re quite small, but I tasted one, and it’s not bad.

Fall is coming rapidly to Vermont this year.  We didn’t have much of a summer; it’s been very cool and rainy this year, so things are still very lush, but the colors are starting to change already.  Our hydrangea is so loaded with flowers it can’t keep its head up, and our burning bush is almost completely red.  I haven’t heard the official predictions yet, but my feeling is that our colors are going to be early and spectacular this year!