Secondary School Timetable… Simple? NOT!…

The above is NOT my boy’s new secondary (Oberstufe) timetable.

If only his was still this simple.

This is my rant for this week… the complicated timetable my boy has which involves 4 subjects on alternating weeks and 3 different ways of dividing the students into groups. Can you imagine how that works? You need a mathematical equation to keep it all straight. Hhahhaa.. 😛

A friend asked if someone had sat down and decided that they should make this as complicated as they can. My brother suggested this is their way of training the students to be organised.

What do you think?


Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars… by John Green…

This book, this story, deserves the glowing reviews it has been given.

i LOVE it! Ok, there are very few books i dislike but this is one i will remember for a long long time; this is one which when i remember it, i smile sadly and nod knowingly, in appreciation of the window which John Green has given us into a world which is sad but yet so powerful.

faultinourstars20170310Hazel is terminal. She always has been. She has accepted and has learned to live with it, trying her best to live the life she has been given as close to how she wants to as possible, or at least to the extent her parents and doctors allow her.

And when she least expected it, life throws her a curve ball in the form of Augustus Waters; a handsome, tall, in-remission boy who accompanies his friend to cancer support group. As their relationship develops, we are privileged to see how terminally ill young people deal with death and living in the knowledge of what is going to kill you.

We watch how Hazel and Augustus relate to each other, to their grieving and fearful parents, to their doctors who are trying their best to offer some sort of treatment, to their friends who are outside of this cancer bubble and to their friends within the cancer bubble.

We see how each of these people cope or not cope with the harsh reality of a terminal diagnosis, how they choose to stay and love on or choose to walk away and forget.

Their adventure to find the author of Hazel’s favourite book reveals some wonderful moments and makes you think what you would and would not do for the one you love when they are dying, what it means to love someone even if it is only for a short time. The funny moments are precious, the sad moments are poignant; i laughed, i smiled, i cried a little, i cheered and my heart was moved.

i have not told you much at all about the storyline or even about the characters involved. It is a book i think you need to explore for yourself. So go out, get it and read it.

i truly wish all young people, who are faced with such illnesses, and their loved ones, every happiness life offers them, and every comfort and peace when the time comes to let go.


New Kids on Just Needing A Family’s Love…

You heard the good news; Jason has a family coming for him and of course last year we had the sad news that Jasper aged out. While i will always be praying for these boys (just like i pray for all the orphans we had previously advocated for), we need to move forward and help more precious children. So we have 2 new orphans we are advocating for and praying for. We, meaning my boy and i and you too!

Meet DEAN!

12 year old Dean needs a family to help him make the most of life.
12-year-old Dean needs a family to help him make the most of life.

Dean was brought to the institute when he was 5. He is now 12 years old. His special need is listed as mental delays which makes his exact condition unclear and i believe this may be what is stopping families from jumping in and committing to giving him a home. He has learnt much since being at the institute. He has good self-care skills and can even help with simple chores. Dean is described as an introverted child who gets along well with the other children at his institute and at school.

Whatever his specific need might be, it is clear that with a loving family around him and the right tools available to him, he will go far. He needs people who believe in him, he needs to find his people!

And you can help that caring family find him; you can share Dean’s story and need for a family. You can pray for him and for a family to step forward for him asap.

You can also help grow his adoption grant. Because of his “mental delays”, he is likely to be overlooked for domestic adoption within his country. So an expensive international adoption would be his best chance for a family to call his own. This grant which Reece’s Rainbow has opened for him will help the family who comes for him to reach him faster and make finances less of an obstacle to Dean getting a family.


Caroline is 12 and wants a family to call her own.
Caroline is 12 and wants a family to call her own.

Caroline also come into institutional care when she was about 5 years old. She is now 12 years old. She has Cerebral Palsy which affected her lower legs. After a surgery in 2013, she has been able to walk with only a slight limp. In school, she is just a little bit behind her peers because she had no early education before coming into care. Caroline is described as very easy-going with a positive attitude about everything she does.

Doesn’t she sound lovely? All she is lacking to make the most of life is a loving family who can help her to get all the possible care she needs and to show her that family means standing with each other.

You can help Caroline find her forever family! Share her story and her need for a caring family. You can pray for her and her family to step up for her asap.

You can also help grow her adoption grant. Like most special needs orphans in her country, she is considered an outcast and will unlikely be chosen for domestic adoption. An expensive international adoption might be the way to a forever family for her. Reece’s Rainbow’s adoption grant will enable a family to face a lesser financial hurdle when considering Caroline’s adoption.

There you are – 2 lovely children in need of wonderful families to help them navigate life better and to shine like the little stars they are.

Please join us in advocating for DEAN and CAROLINE, as well as praying for their daily needs and for a family for each of them.

You can click on their names or pictures to find out more. You can like my FB page, Just Needing A Family’s Love, to follow along and take part in fundraisers and other events for these precious kiddos.

Thank you.