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Amo and Gabriel Photo-shoot

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A Long-awaited Return…

It has been nearly a year since my last post. The good news is that I am getting back in the saddle and I am starting to write again. I have been away from the blog for no small reason. If you have read our story you may remember in Part 2 I spoke about holding out for our God-promised son, Gabriel. Well it is with great joy that I tell you that he has arrived! On 23 May 2013, Liezl gave birth to our little Gabe. He weighed in at a serious 4.5kg and was 55cm long.

Now this blog is about Amo and tells her story. It would, however, be wrong not to speak a bit about Gabe too because Amo has become a willing mini-mom and a doting big sister. Gabriel is now a part of her story and she a part of his. Liezl recently took the two of them for a little photo-shoot, follow the link below to see the results. You’ll understand why I am a very proud dad.

Amo & Gabriel Photo-shoot

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Adopting Amo: Countering or Counting On Culture

Noah and Amo – cousins who absolutely adore each other.

With this post I divert from Amo’s story to answer some questions from one of my readers. Big thanks to Katy Roberts who addressed some important issues – issues I have been mulling over for a while now. While I have formed some conclusions, I feel like they are not quite mature. So give me a bit of grace here, I am happy to discuss and debate in the comments. Here is Katy’s comment from a few months back:
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Adopting Amo – Part 7: Meet Amo

Those lips… With her soon-to-be Dian-Nana. December 2009

On October 24, 2009, we volunteered at the home for the first time. It was a Saturday morning and we were excited but nervous. As usual, Liezl was more eager than apprehensive while I was the opposite. Ultimately, I think we evened each other out and we were able to deal with visit appropriately. Continue reading

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Adopting Amo – Part 6: Train the Parents in the Way They Should Go…

With Uncle Don, playing with stacking thingies. Day out at Monte – December 2009.

As I mentioned in my last post, there was now a process to be followed. Being fairly ignorant of adoption processes in general, we were quite surprised by some of these things. We appreciate them now and believe they are necessary but it was weird at first. Read on and tell me what you think. Continue reading

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Adopting Amo – Part 1: How We Got to Where We Were

First day out with us from the home - early December 2009 (Amo was 14 months old)

Adoption has been on our hearts for a long time. We were reminded by our close friends, Marcus & Adele, that we had even spoken about adoption during pre-marital counseling. Liezl and I got married in 2004 and our rough plan was to wait a couple of years before trying to make babies. Adoption was effectively forgotten for those first few years of marriage. Continue reading

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