On the first trip to Bulgaria, I took many pairs of socks that people donated to give to the orphanage that Marin is in. I was given this official document as a receipt and to show that I'd given them to the orphanage - or maybe to show that they'd received them - well, it says something anyway.
|Official Bulgarian Document|
The point is, many people were generous and the socks were well received and I'm sure the kids can use them. Especially now in the winter.
|Pretty sure this is from the Ministry of Very Important Grains|
Already for the next trip a friend has bought SmartWool socks for the kids in the orphanage AND she has knitted and felted a hat for each child who is left in Marin's orphanage. Each one. She even searched online for an idea of what typical hats in Bulgaria look like and made her hats to match. That is a serious amount of work and a healthy dose of generosity - it's really above and beyond the call.
|Yes, it has been snowing.........|
There have been many cases of this crazy level of generosity during this whole effort to raise funds to adopt Nellie and Marin and work our way through the process of adoption. The community around us (virtual and the "real for sure" one as Raggedy Ann would call it) has been very supportive and the generosity still amazes me.
|While playing in the snow (Jericho, Olive & I were tracking Gaelan),|
Gaelan found where a squirrel had dug up its nut cache.
|Close up of the nut cache - only one acorn was left behind as evidence.|
|The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but I am happy to |
note that the road to Amherst, Massachusetts is just paved with snow.
|I met this dwarf on his way to the Misty Mountains........|