Category Archives: Family and Friends

Philippine Travel Log: Minor Disaster Averted

After dinner with our friends and a little shopping – particularly for our new-found fruity friend, the pummelo – we returned to the hotel.  It was getting close to bed time for John, but we still had time to play … Continue reading

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Philippine Travel Log: Dinner with the Ramos family

When Faith originally mentioned the idea that we were going to meet up for dinner in Manila with a family she’d met on the Yahoo! adoption group, my first reaction was paranoia.  I was pretty (legitimately, I think) concerned about … Continue reading

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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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