Today I was reminded of something I like about Doha.
I was driving home from picking up Abbey from Girl Scouts at about 5pm and I drove through a part of town with a long strip mall of "hole in the wall" places that sell rotisserie chickens and shawarmas.
They don't start selling them until 5 or 5:30. The timing was right so I pulled up. You don't even have to get out of your car. The "chicken men" stand outside on the sidewalk and if you catch their eye, they will come take your order. I got 4 whole rotisserie chickens for the weekend and a bag of fresh shawarmas to take home for dinner. He even brought out a small bag of falafal "for the babies" while we were waiting.
It may seem funny, but it is moments like these when I find myself immersed in the local culture that I like living in Doha.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Today I was reminded of something I like about Doha.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Friday, January 23, 2009
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We have been waiting for 5 months for our referral of a little daughter from Ethiopia and again I am just grateful to God that he has given us patience and peace through the wait. I feel like we are getting close to getting our referral and I think we may know something in February, based on the timelines of other waiting families.
Our agency has had a baby boom of sorts due to famine like conditions in the Northern parts of Ethiopia and increased waiting time for court dates. They now have over 60 babies and toddlers in their care. When I was there a couple of weeks ago the storage rooms were quickly being depleted of baby supplies. I am planning a baby drive here in Doha to collect supplies to send (or maybe take myself, if I can)
Here is a link to a newsletter from our agency explaining the baby situation.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
While in Ethiopia, we had the privilege of meeting the legendary Dr. Rick. He has lived in Addis for 21 years and is a doctor at Mother Theresa's Mission. He cares for the "least of these" every day. He has adopted 5 teenage Ethiopia boys and cares for 15 more children in his home. Every Friday night he opens his home to any visitors that would like to come for the Shabbat meal. It was a moving experience at he recited age old passages in Hebrew, blessed all the children and prayed for the sick. He kept it lighthearted by asking everyone to go around the circle and answer the Question of the Week. And after he had prayed over the bread. He broke off pieces and tossed them to each person in the circle. The link above will take you to a slide show of this amazing man. I believe a documentary of his life will soon be released at well.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Monday, January 12, 2009
I am home from my volunteer trip to Ethiopia. I had a great, amazingly great time. How can I say that when our accommodations were sub standard, we had a very small trickle of hot water and some days no water, we were without electricity some nights, and I don't like the food all that much.
Simply, it is the kids. I have fallen in love with these kids and I wanted them to have a special Christmas just like I want for my biological children. We spent several days getting ready for the big Christmas party, which meant lots of gift wrapping and making a list and checking it twice. Now I know why Santa checks that list twice. We had to go over and over and over the list because we wanted to make sure no one was left out. In between times, we spent cuddling and feeding babies and just hanging out with the big kids.
The day of the big party (and also my 40th birthday), the children performed the Christmas story drama. They did not leave out a single detail of the biblical Christmas story. Then came "the circus" where some of the older girls did tumbling and acrobatics. It made me tear up to see these kids, who had never had a gymnastic lesson of any sort, performing for us. Santa himself showed up to hand out the gifts. Each child got a toy and a new traditional outfit. They loved their new toys. It was amazing to watch them play for hours with their one new toy.
I wish I could post pictures of the kids so you could see how beautiful they looked in their new clothes and how happy they were with their new toys. Even though they had little, some of the older girls wrapped up pieces of candy from their goody bags for me when they heard it was my birthday.
These kids are amazing and if you have ever considered adopting an older child, you should contact AAI and get a copy of the waiting child DVD. There are so many beautiful older children longing for families.
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Friday, January 2, 2009
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Submitted by: Lois GordonRated: 5 out of 5 by 282 members
Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 35 MinutesYields: 16 servings
"These banana muffins are my kids' favorite. I adapt it for adults by adding chopped nuts or dried apricots."
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009
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