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Helping Ethiopian Families

Helping Ethiopian Families

From my daughters:

Hello! We are Eliana and Tehilla. I, Tehilla, was born and raised in Ethiopia until the age of five, and my sister, Eliana, was adopted in China. Two years ago we visited Ethiopia and saw the poor condition in which women and their families lived. Our friend, Jennifer Fiechtner, is the director and founder of an organization called ‘Women Equipped’. Her organization helps women in Ethiopia start a small business such as a vegetable stand or a coffee shop. By starting a small business, the women are able to provide for their families and keep their children out of orphanages. For this reason we want to raise money for ‘Women Equipped’. Your donations will help the organization train women to start their own business. Helping the people there is very important to us because we believe that everybody should be able to provide for their family and live together without the fear of having to be split up. Your contribution will be very much appreciated by both, ‘Women Equipped’, us, and all the women who you will be helping. Thank you!

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4 Jews, 3 Continents, and Love Makes a Family

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Children, Parenting, prayer


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2 Days ’til 40: 40 Favorite Posts from My 400 Days ’til 40 Journey

I must say that it was much easier to choose 40 photos than to choose 40 posts!  One of the fun things about this particular journey is that I allowed myself to write (or post photos) about whatever I felt on any particular day.  As a result, I have a wide array of followers who each connect in different ways to what I write – this has been amazing.  I imagine that in the future, as I become a bit more focused, I may have a less diverse group of readers, though I hope not!


Here is my top 40 list of posts, hopefully as eclectic as my readers are.  Some I chose because of the importance of the content, some because they make me laugh (yes, I realize that I have a weird sense of humor that others do not always appreciate) and some because I like the way the words flow. Read the rest of this entry »


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9 Days ’til 40: I Am My Own Cheerleader



Okay, so maybe I am not – but I should be.  This is a concept that has been more clearly solidified for me during my past year of blogging.  External encouragement feels great, but it is the internal motivation and self-encouragement and self-inspiration that are critical to life’s journey.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~ Japanese Proverb

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can. ~ Author Unknown Read the rest of this entry »


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11 Days ’til 40: Unwanted Visitors (of the creepy crawly variety)

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It happens to the best of us, it has happened in EVERY school I have worked in from inner cities to the most elite private schools.  We all get the infestations – Lice.  When most people hear the word “lice” they immediately react with dismay and all the psychosomatic effects kick right in – they start scratching even when no lice exist.  These are not the guests we want coming home with our children for dinner! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 10, 2013 in attitude, Children, Education, Parenting, Pets


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14 Days ’til 40: Waiting Games


The tree that is pictured above is the inspiring force behind my post today.  If you look carefully, you will see that the entire top half is about to fall off the tree (it was snapped in half by a snow storm almost one month ago).  This tree is very close to our school playground, which has forced us to close half the playground until we can get the tree cut down properly.  Apparently there is only one company in our area that cuts down trees and the company is not equipped to cope with all the trees that collapsed in our city during the last snow.  So, for now we wait.  We wait for the tree removal company or for mother nature to take her course.  Either way, the students are a little less entertained on the playground until we can declare the half near the dangling tree safe again. Read the rest of this entry »


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18 Days ’til 40: Educational Evolution Efficacy: Fact or Fallacy???


Many educational experts believe that the present state of the educational system in the USA and abroad is less-than-desirable. Many agree that the realities of life in our current century do not necessarily align with the manner in which we are choosing to educate our children. Many agree that education is outdated and must be redesigned and re-thunk in order to become more meaningful for our children. What experts do not agree on is how we are going to do this.

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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in attitude, Children, Education


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