Photo of the orphanage in India.
Monday, December 13, 2010
One of our favorite things about Christmas is doing a cookie exchange with friends. This year we wanted to do something different, and we decided on a cookie with Indian spices. Our house smells like ginger! We want to share the recipe with friends and family, but we warn you that they are a little spicy.
Indian Ginger Snap Cookies
· 9 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
· 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
· 1 tablespoon ground ginger
· 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
· 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
· 7 ounces dark brown sugar
· 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
· 3 ounces molasses, by weight
· 1 large egg, room temperature
· 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
· 4 ounces finely chopped candied ginger
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, clove and salt.
Place the brown sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the molasses, egg and fresh ginger and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add the crystallized ginger and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.
With a 2-teaspoon sized scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined half sheet pan approximately 2-inches apart. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 minutes for slightly chewy cookies or 15 minutes for more crisp cookies. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking.
Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to stay on the sheet pan for 30 seconds before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with all of the dough. Store in an airtight container for up 10 days. If desired, you may scoop and freeze the cookie dough on a sheet pan and once frozen, place in a resealable bag to store. Bake directly from the freezer as above.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings."
There are 15 million orphans worldwide. So I ask myself a question, "What am I going to do about it?"
This Sunday, November 7th, is Orphan Sunday. I hope every church reminds Christians that day that is their responsibility to "...Defend the cause of the fatherless..." Isaiah 1:17
Everyone is called to something...pray, foster care, adoption, orphanage care. For information go to http://www.orphansunday.or
Saturday, October 16, 2010
We had our third and final Home Study meeting this week. Our social worker came to our house to inspect it, and she also met Brody for the first time. The first thing he asked her at the door is, "Did you bring me a baby?" He makes me laugh so much. Since Brody is only four years old, he does not have to be interviewed. She did ask several questions about Brody. It's always fun to get asked to describe Brody...."He is just a big ball of energy who loves to run and play. He enjoys life, and he is an excellent problem solver." Brody told her that he wanted a baby brother. After being asked some more questions about our family, we gave her a tour of our home. I must admit I was a little nervous at someone looking at every inch of our house. A house says a lot about your family, and I hoped she found it a warm and inviting place. Brody gladly showed her what he calls "The Baby's Room." We have a crib set up, but there are no decorations yet. We will decorate it once we get a child referral. I get excited just thinking about it. Our social worker should be finished with her report by the beginning of next week. She will turn it into her agency who will then turn it into our adoption agency. All home study paperwork should be complete by the beginning of November.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Our second meeting for our home study was today, and it was a good meeting. It was very informative, and she gave some great advice on helping an adopted child adjust into a new environment. Our social worker also mentioned a Life Book, which is a baby book for adoptive children. I'm going to look into that. Then there was some digging into the lives of Ryan and Cristy. The questions are nothing bad or hard, but I get kind of nervous when I'm asked so many questions. She did ask us the question everybody seems to ask, "Why India?" Our desire is to give a child some opportunities they would not have otherwise. Most people typically do not think of India as being poor. India has so many different parts to it...from the eternal snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills. There are parts of India that are amazing and have wonderful technology, but the country as a whole is very populated. A recent study showed the Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, have 421 million poor people. This is more than the 410 million poor in the poorest African countries. It was hard for me to believe at first that eight Indian states account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined. The adoption agency we picked, Dillion International, works with an orphange in Kolkata. There is also hopes in the next couple of years that two more orphanges might possibly open up for Dillion to work in, and that is very exciting news! I hope to hear in my lifetime that many children of India will find homes whether in India or all over the world.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I'm amazed at how different my prayers are now that we are adopting a child. The country of India is always on my mind. I pray the people there will come to know the Lord. In a country where Hinduism is so strong, very few people have heard the gospel and what Jesus did for them. I also pray for the woman who will carry our child and give birth to him or her. My prayer for her is she is healthy, has food, and a place to stay. Everyday I can't help but to wonder if our child could be born today. That's such a fun and exciting thought! I pray our child will be taking care of at the orphanage until we get there, and the many other orphans will find homes. I pray for God's perfect timing, and that He will give us patience while we wait. As for our current family, I pray God will prepare us for the needs of our adopted child. My prayer list seems to grow everyday, and I love it! Since we have started the adoption, I come across so many people of Indian heritage and things dealing with India. It gives me just a small hope for the child to come. Here are some pictures of children from India I really like.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We have been asked often what is the process for adopting in India, and how long is the wait. Then after stating the wait is 2-3 years, we get asked why it is so long. So here is the India adoption process through Dillon International.
- Application 1 (approved June 2010)
- Application 2 (approved July 2010)
- Families complete a home study (started September 2010-December 2010)
- Submit their dossier to Dillon International
Families will wait approximately 12-24 months for a referral of a child after submitting their dossier to Dillon
Families wait another 5 - 7 months after accepting an assignment of a child to receive their child's legal documents authorizing them to receive guardianship
Within 1 - 2 months after receiving their child's legal documents, families will travel to receive their child
Families must travel to Kolkata (Calcutta) to receive their child
Plan for a 1 - 2 day stay in Kolkata (Calcutta) and a 3 - 4 day stay in New Delhi.
As we adopt a child from India, we want to make sure that he or she knows about the culture of India. So we're starting with food. Ryan ordered a spice kit filled with Indian spices last week. They smell so good! It should be a fun adventure over the next many months of learning to cook with them. We have a few recipes such as Orange Cardamom & Turmeric Chicken, Warm Green Curry, and Bombay Sloppy Joes.