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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
With the sudden influx of cold and snowy weather, we developed a craving for chili. Jim made a special stop at the butcher's to get three pounds of freshly ground beef. He wanted a really big pot. He even promised to chop up all the onions and peppers. One hour later, we had a big pot of steaming chili. Now granted, it really should simmer for hours, but when your dinner doesn't get started until 5 pm and bedtime routine begins at 7 pm, you have to make some sacrifices. About a month ago, I found a ground ancho chile powder at Target. I used it as well as regular chile powder in this batch. The ancho chile powder has a wonderful smoky flavor with a spicy bite.

The director of Sera's pre-school stopped us on the way out to rave about Sera. We are so happy with this school. Everyone is so friendly and warm. The kids are all happy, and the teachers are all smiling. The other day when we left, we passed one of the older classes on their way back to their room. One of the girls, about 6 yrs old, squealed when she saw Sera, called her name, and came to give her a hug. Sera is always stopping at the different rooms to say bye, and the teachers come out to give her a high-five or a hug. They helped with her potty training and have helped her make so much progress with her letters and numbers. They do really great arts & crafts everyday, too. In fact, I want to go to Sera's school!

I've seen the following post in several places. I thought I'd do my part to pass the word around.

My daughter Lydia was adopted from Guangdong Province China on July 5, 2004. In August 2008, she was diagnosed with AML, a very pernicious and deadly form of leukemia.

With the help of her Chinese-born doctor, we were able to locate her birthparents and some of her siblings in China that her family kept. We know she had at least two sisters older than she (born somewhere between 1993 and 2002) who were also abandoned. The birthparents have refused to assist with her bone marrow transplant, even though two of her already found siblings were a match.

We are now looking for these other potential siblings to see if they were adopted and might also be a match. Lydia is part of the Hakka ethnic group, and so a match from someone other than a relative is unlikely because of her unique, almost bi-racial typing.

Lydia has classic Hakka features: "Brooke Shields" eyebrows, and rather full lips and a round face. I will have my husband post photos of Lydia and her birthfamily. I cannot do so at this time, because I am in the hospital with Lydia and the internet connection here is too slow and rather poor. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to lend.


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Blogger Ilina said...

Love the idea of ancho chili powder. Was it too spicy? I have one son who uses Tabasco on everything and one who thinks mild salsa is too spicy. Of course they can't agree!

Blogger Dawn said...

The Fall is definitely time for Chili ( I try having a batch cooked up in my Packer's crock pot at least twice a month.)

Glad to hear that Sera is enjoying Pre-School. Courtney Mei LOVES "going to school" too!!!


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