Category Archives: Adoption

Philippine Travel Log: Gotchya Day Zero

Adoptive families have an extra holiday to celebrate each year.  In addition to birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Kazmir Pulaski Day, adoptive families celebrate “Gotchya Day”.  This is a special holiday for an adopted child commemorating the day when his or … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: John’s First Day in the Big City

We all got up fairly early for our first day in the big city.  I had stayed up far too late the night before, but it didn’t matter.  We were ready to rock.  We started the day by calling Uncle … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: The Blocks Return to Manila

We’d gotten in fairly late the night before to the InterContinental Hotel in Manila – well, late by John’s standards anyway.  This is the same hotel at which we’d stayed prior to traveling north to get John.  I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: John’s First Plane Ride

After church on Sunday in Dingras, we dropped the bulk of our full van off at Shekinah Home, and headed for the airport.  Our flight was at 7:35PM, and we left Shekinah for the hour-long trip at about 5PM.  We … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: Our Last Day at Shekinah

Day 5: Sunday, October 5, 2008 Our Last Day at Shekinah I guess I was anxious to get back to the world of western food and air conditioning, because I started packing the night before.  With Sunday, our 5th day … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: A Day with the Whittles

Day 4: Saturday, October 4, 2008 A Day with the Whittles Brian and JoAnne Whittle are the directors of Shekinah Home.  They founded the orphanage nearly 4 years ago as missionaries from the United States, and have served dozens of … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: New Children at Shekinah

The day before we left Shekinah Home to take John to Manila, and ultimately to the United States, the home took in four new children – a sibling group.  I don’t know any of their names, and I wouldn’t publish … Continue reading

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