There Is No Me Without You

My copy of There Is No Me Without You arrived a week ago just as we were going out the door to a wedding three hours away. I read aloud to Russ as we drove along, pausing only when I felt motion sickness coming on, or when the lump in my throat was too large to allow words to pass through.

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The book is touching and disturbing. Through gifted writing, Melissa Fay Greene gave me a clearer image of the crisis in Ethiopia that is leaving many children orphans. The book focuses on one Ethiopian woman who took in two teenagers at the request of the local Catholic church. She was soon faced with a flood of children handed to her through her gate, left on the street outside her compound, or dropped off by the police. The children in her care soon numbered eighty and there were problems with her imperfect system of care. However, her desire to love children and to help them continues to save the lives of many little ones.

My favorite part of the book was reading about and seeing photos of children who were in her care and later adopted by families in the U.S. Their stories are touching beyond words and full of hope. I don’t think anyone could read the last chapter without crying.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can go to the author’s website where I hope you will take a moment to view the slideshow of the beautiful children. You can also purchase it on Amazon here. I just ordered two more copies of the book to lend to friends.

Thank you for reading.

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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.


  1. The Barr Family
    September 25, 2006

    Yes I changed my Amazon list of books for Ethiopian adoption and put this one right at the top!
    Mine arrives on wedneday and I am looking forward to reading it.

  2. darci
    September 26, 2006

    ooh..waiting on this order has sTILL not been sent. thanks for the description. darci:)

  3. NoSurfGirl
    September 27, 2006

    Just found your blog… I hope you don’t mind if I follow it, as we’re planning on adopting 1 or 2 from Ethiopia, and are starting our homestudy in about a month (!!!) We’re planning on going through AFAA.

    How heartbreaking to read about such things… but at the same time, important to understand and know about. We really can’t close our eyes to the tragedies in the world. And it’s good to get as much background info as possible about these children so that we can understand them more fully when they come into our homes. I will be looking this up, thanks 😉


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