My friend, Emily, asked me to share this great book with all of you. The author and photographer, Heidi Mehltretter, is a special friend of mine and I was fortunate enough to get one of these books for my family a few months ago. It is truly beautiful.
Best of all, 100% of the proceeds are being donated by Ethiopian Orphan Relief to the work of my friend, Hanna Fanta. Hanna cares for teenaged girls who have been affected by or orphaned by AIDS, through her organization, Children’s Heaven. We sponsor a very special girl in her program and have seen firsthand the amazing work she is doing.
“This 20 page book with full color professional photographs was written and photographed by adoptive mother Heidi Mehltretter. It walks a child through important and beautiful cultural settings in Ethiopia, giving them a sense of pride in the country of their birth. The book shows how Teff is grown and made into Injera, it talks about the rich religious history and ultimately describes how a child might become orphaned leading to their adoption. Ms. Mehltretter leaves the end of the book open so a family can insert a photo of their own child which allows for personalization. There are a handful of children’s books about international adoption, but there are no books which highlight the unique adoption and cultural History of Ethiopia the way this one does. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will go to support Hanna Fanta, the founder of Children’s Heaven, a sponsorship program to help teenaged girls affected and orphaned by HIV and AIDS”
Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.