Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just wanted to share . . .

Just wanted to share a link to a great article about international adoption, specifically about the corruption that sometimes happens. I am certain that no one who reads our blog wants to gain a child at the expense of another family.

The information in this article made so grateful for the high ethical standards of both Dillon International and ISRC (the baby home where Anya Rashi and her new sister were/are being cared for). It also contains an explanation of the Hague Convention, for those who have wondered what that is.

When we go through the waiting, and the court process, it can seem endless. I think this time around, I will appreciate every day of the delay -- it's one of the things that guarantees that our children are legally and ethically brought into our family.

The article is called "The Baby Business," and I found it on this blog:


heather_and_nathan said...

What an interesting article...despite the additional paperwork it seems Hague has given us I appreciate the possiblity that it is providing extra transparency for our process. You often have great links and resources. Thank you so much for sharing!


Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I'm almost scared to read that article :(

Here is a comment that I left on another blog - I am just cutting and pasting. Let me know if you have any other questions! (this might turn into a blog post - )

I will tell you, I have learned not to price things at a garage sale. It is a HUGE time investment and people are there to haggle anyway. Plus, if you put a price on it, they just take the sticker off anyway!! We just said, all kids' clothes, $1, paperback books 50 cents, hard backs $1, etc. But don't go through the trouble of actually putting stickers on the stuff. That takes HOURS. Throw the $1 clothes on one table or blanket, the $2 clothes on another, etc.

We wake up at 5am, pull it all out, then go put signs up around 6:30am. Soon they come.

My philosophy is, I want it gone. Almost everything goes for $1 or $2. We had some furniture that went for more and a high chair that went for $20, and a dryer that went for $35. The rest was a glorified dollar store. The nicest clothes went for $3. If I couldn't take that, I will take them to a resale shop. In my experience clothes don't sell that great at garage sales. TOYS sell the best. Even the stupid little toys. Parents will let their kids pick out a small item to keep them happy, so have like a .50 basket. All those 50 cent to $2 items very quickly add up to lots of money.

Also - if you do stick a price on a high dollar item, make it $5-10 more than you really want for it. Because they will ask for that much off, so start high. Same for when someone asks you the cost - go higher than you mean. If they really want it, they will talk you down, so give yourself wiggle room.

I start out with 40$ in dollars and wear a very fashionable fanny pack so it is on my body at all times.

Keep your eyes peeled - people will steal from a garage sale. So pathetic.