travel abroad


So, I go to this group of women that meets once a week and we talk and pray and generally encourage each other and have a marvelous time together.  But, anyways, we took time out on Monday night to write down all the dreams that we have for our lives.  Big and small alike.  Learning a language, hiking, traveling, cooking, dancing, writing, whatever it is we wrote them all down on one side of a piece of paper.  Then we wrote down all the things that we see as stopping us from achieving those dreams on the other side of the paper.  It’s an incredible excersise, and I encourage you to try it with your friends!  It showed so much about us as individuals, and we discussed how we can help each other accomplish these dreams.  Well, I’m not saying I should try to be a destination wedding photographer or anything, but one of my dreams is to travel abroad and take pictures documenting each aspect of the trip.  I’d love to then have a show and attempt to sell these photos when I returned to the states.  One of the main things stopping me from doing this, however, is the fact that I would need a very nice camera to do any sort of justice to all that I see overseas.  I don’t know how I can ever save enough money to go abroad AND buy an incredible camera!!

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When I was abroad this summer in Eastern Europe, I got to meet a family who had adopted a young Bosnian boy, and had a chance to hear their story.  The mother was telling me how it broke her heart to see these kids in the orphanage-they get their diapers changed automatically 3 times a day, at specific times, and on Sundays, because it’s the nurses’ day off, they only get one change in 24 hours!  This is obviously only the beginning of the corrupt system, and she would see the nurses’ go through all the donations and take what they wanted before giving anything to the children.  But, can you really blame them when their own children at home are going without due to low income?  So, churches have begun to come in and are attempting to start foster care systems in these countries, but it is a difficult task when there is a 65% unemployment rate-who can afford extra children?  It makes me thankful for things like the MRDD Guardianship program, and others like it.  If you can-consider becoming a foster parent yourself!