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this is from my good friends, Philippa [who i met online when i was overseas] and Emiel [who i met back home years ago] who somehow met each other and got happily married [which is a great story and i don’t think i had anything to do with it]:

“We are the family waiting (not so patiently) to adopt”

My name is Philippa and I am married to my hero Emiel. We are the proud parents of Alexander and Beatrice and we are waiting longingly for our baby/babies.

For as long as I can remember adoption has been a huge part of my thinking. As children my siblings and I would beg my parents to adopt. We wanted another sibling, but not just any sibling, a special one, a chosen one. I have grown up in church so I imagine somehow, somewhere I was taught that or it was something God wrote on my heart. When I was 19 my parents adopted a really ill 9month old baby girl. It was her 10th birthday two weeks ago. She is a gift to my family. God has used her so many times to teach faith, hope and His unconditional love. She is a sparkly, happy, gorgeous little girl who we are all grateful for.

Our adoption story goes as follows: it has yet to begin. We’re in a unique situation in that we are South Africans living in Japan. If we’d been in South Africa the process would already have started, but for South African’s living abroad adoption of South African children becomes an international adoption governed by the law of the country you live in. We have started investigating this, which means we’ve sent e-mails and not received responses or received negative responses from organizations and international adoption lawyers in South Africa. International adoption is tricky. We have also started investigating other countries including Japan.

Adoption is not a whim or fancy and I don’t think I can fully explain the longing in my heart. It is not our desire to simply complete our family, but rather to be obedient to what God has called us to do. And through the process He teaches us, mould us, grows us. And God wants us to be doing something for the countless children that may never know love, He wants us, His people to love them. There are so many children, orphaned or abandoned facing a life unimaginable and that is not acceptable to God and should not be acceptable to us.

We have experienced 3 pregnancies. The first didn’t last past 7 weeks and the second two both had miracle factors. We have known to cry out, to pray, to wait and ultimately to trust that God would carry us through. I feel much like a pregnant woman trusting on God’s perfect timing!

“This Love” by Mandi Mapes 2010

I’ve never felt this way before
funny how you found you’re way to my door
and suddenly my prayers are coming true
and these arms are not letting go of you

this love this love is the deep kind
you’re my baby, you’re my sunshine
I’ll hold your hand, be your biggest fan
and I’ll love you all of the time

our eyes are not quite the same shade
and your hair blows in the wind a different way
but I am your mother and
I love you just the same
so I’ll take your hand honey
and you can take my name

my heart has been redeemed,
adopted and now I know my Father
this grace that I’ve received
I want to show you
I want to show you

this love this love is the deep kind
it hangs on through the storm and the sunshine
I’ll hold your hand, be your biggest fan
and I’ll love you all of the time

Thanks B
Much love
Philippa and Emiel

Bloomberg Businessweek is one of the publications that carries the story of comedian Gilbert Gottfriend [probly don’t recognise the name but if you’re old you would probly recognise him from the ‘The Problem Child’ movies with John Ritter as well as being the voice of Iago from the Aladdin movies] who was fired this week after Tweeting inappropriate jokes about the Japanese crisis…

March 14 (Bloomberg) — Aflac Inc., the biggest seller of supplemental insurance, fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of its duck mascot in the U.S., after comments he made about tsunami victims in Japan, the firm’s biggest market.

“Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” said Michael Zuna, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, in a statement today from the Columbus, Georgia-based insurer.

[rest of the article here]

which i think is great! earlier this year my buddy Dunc gifted me and tbV with tickets to go and watch Jeff Dunham [the ‘Achmed the dead terrorist’ ventriloquist comedian] who we used to really enjoy. we have all his dvds and were really looking forward to the show at Grand West. If it had been easier to walk out than the place where we were seated i think i would have. Jeff spent most of the show making bitter biting comments about his ex-wife. Very very awkward and almost completely not funny, just a little bit freaky. When he mentioned that the divorce happened two years previously i could not believe it cos the way he was speaking it sounded like it had just happened. It was just completely horrible and i lost a lot of respect for him that nite.

then a good mate of ours gave us a Ricky Gervais standup comedy video which was very edgy and hectic in terms of content [altho very funny for the most part] but near the end he went for a routine that basically was hitting the topic of child abuse and as much as a bunch of the stuff he’d done before was close to the line, it just suddenly crossed into a place of JUST DON’T GO THERE!

and that is the point of this blog. there is a line. i’m sure it looks different to different people, but there are some things you really should never joke about. ever. an international crisis that has just seen thousands of people die and hundreds of thousands lose everything is one of those things. so is child abuse. and rape. and the holocaust. and i’m sure a whole lot more. some things are just not worth the laugh.

which is why in this ‘freedom of speech’ [is it still freedom when your freedom starts encroaching on another persons?] society we live in, it was refreshing to see Aflac Inc. show some integrity and immediacy in terms of firing Gottfried and hopefully sending out a message that there are some things that will not be tolerated, even in comedy.

at the other end of the spectrum, doing a lot less harm, except maybe to himself, we have charlie sheen whose latest warlock plan is to marry a tree. according to http://www.doorstepnews.com, he said: “I’m going to marry a tree because the other type of marriage didn’t work so I’m going to marry a tree.” [http://doorstepnews.com/charlie-sheen-might-as-well-just-marry-a-tree]

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