Crack open the Kumis and raise your glasses!

March 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm 7 comments


Suzanne, over at Straight Down The Mountain has downright made me blush.  She has nominated me for the “You- make-the-world-a-better-place” award.  Holy smokes that’s fancy.  So, I’ll pass on the blog lovin’ to a few people who I know without a doubt are making things better in the world. John Wright and his family walk the talk.  They give of their time, energy and money to the people who need it most in Kyrgyzstan.  He and his group fix up properties, restore hope and provide dignity for the forgotten and needy.  They bring food, vitamins, warmth, toys and money to the orphanages and baby houses in Tokmok and Orlofka.  They help people who are living in the dump and have no other options.  John plays with the children, reaches out to those who are sick and can’t afford healthcare.  He does this because of an unwaivering belief and faith that this is what he must do.  I admire him so much.  He and his family are there now and I dare anyone to read his blog and not feel the same admiration and respect.

Margie over at her blog, is a wise, kind, funny, insightful and amazing mom and human being.  I feel that she is an online mentor for me in her graceful and gentle way of interacting with other bloggers (especially ones whose opinions are different from hers) and she writes about adoptive parenthood that exemplifies respect for her children, their mothers, and their country of origin.  Margie is an activist, writer and a good soul.  Read her.

Judy over at makes the world a better place because of her peerless honesty, humor, chutzpah, and her all-around sassyness.  Judy is another adoptive mom to Nate and I admire her parenting so much.  She walks an honorable path in everything I read in how she lives her life.  Right now, Judy is battling cancer and is asking the tough questions that go along with a life-threatening illness.  I totally love Judy.  She makes the world a better place because her writing is as big as her heart.

Lastly, but not leastly, I want to send an award out to Nicole at for being an incredibly brave blogger.  She writes with her whole mind, heart and soul on being a relinquishing mother who regrets placing her daughter for adoption.  She writes with great compassion and anger about adoption, the system that let her down over and over, difficulties and pain in open adoption, and what it all means to her.  I never tire of her willingness to put it out there, and to let all comments stand, even the ones that hurt her.  So, while I wish she weren’t having to write a blog about her pain, I celebrate her and I feel that she absolutely is making the world a better place by writing at length about that which must be changed in the American system of adoption. 

There are many others I’d love to honor.  But man, it’s late here.  Four is good, right? Oh darn…I just remembered one more new-ish blogger I really like.  Talk about honest.  KAD blogger Kev Minh.

Feast on the riches of these people. 


Entry filed under: adopting, Adoption, Adoption Blog, Adoption Ethics, adoptive, birth mothers, cancer, Children, Family, first mothers, Friends, International Adoption, Kyrgyzstan, Motherhood, Parenting, support.

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  • 1. Suzanne  |  March 28, 2008 at 10:09 am

    So y’all know, this is not the only recognition our friend Tina has received of late. “Hearts” was also just named one of the top 50 adoption blogs. Check it:

    But this comes as no surprise to us.

    Rock on, Tina!


  • 2. Margie  |  April 1, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Awww, you are absolutely too kind. Thank you very, very much.

    And congratulations on being in the top 50 blogs at A Chosen Child!! It is well-deserved!!!

    Hope all is well in your world!

  • 3. Pass it on « Paragraphein  |  April 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    […] 2008 Pass it on Posted by paragraphein under Miscellaneous Musings | Tags: blogging |   Tina and Margie are passing out […]

  • 4. justenjoyhim  |  April 5, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Oh Tina, you’re too much. I’m honored and humbled, of course, and I love ya like the dickens.

  • […] latest love fest — I need to thank Tina, Nicole, and Margie — and I need to pass on Tina’s and Nicole’s awards, but some […]

  • […] Passing it on, finally 19 04 2008 Some time ago, two lovely bloggers, Tina of Hearts Wide Open and Nicole of Paragraphein gave me the You Make The World A Better Place Award. […]

  • 7. As long as we’re being honest… « Borrowed Notes  |  May 3, 2008 at 11:50 am

    […] As long as we’re being honest… Is it the eyes? Is it the hair? Is it the brownish skin tone? I’ve been called ‘Chinese’ before, but was never mistaken for Korean – until now. […]


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