Sunday, 24 June 2018

Kids Try....

Recently I saw these very adorable and funny "Kids Try...." clips on YouTube. Children are given snacks or food from different countries to try and tell us what they think. You will find that various countries are available (the Dutch one is funny when a Young boy tries bread with sprinkles (hagelslag) and sighs "I´m in heaven" šŸ˜‚)

Kids try snacks from Vietnam
Also See "kids try Vietnamese food"

Friday, 15 June 2018

Movies & Documentaries about Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.

7. Philomena (Film) - 2013

Philomena is a  British drama film, based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year search for her adopted son and Sixsmith's efforts to help her find him.
In 1951, Philomena became pregnant and was sent by her father to Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea in Ireland. After giving birth, she was forced to work in the convent laundry for four years, with little contact with her son. The nuns gave her son up for adoption without giving Philomena a chance to say goodbye. She kept her lost son a secret from her family for nearly fifty years
This movie shows both stories from the 1950´s a well as the search -first in Ireland, later in the USA- in current time.
It is very emotional to see the search from a birth mother´s point of view which is so often forgotten.
Highly recomendable!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Camisetas solidarias para Vietnam

**English translation  in green**

En el grupo de watsapp de las quedadas para las familias que estamos en proceso de adopciĆ³n, o bien ya han adoptado en Vietnam , una de las mamĆ”s nos informĆ³ que habĆ­a diseƱado unas camisetas para asi recaudar fondos para un proyecto solidario de su agencia de adopciĆ³n aquĆ­ en BCN (llamado IPI).

AquĆ­ os dejo la informaciĆ³n por si querĆ©is pedir una camiseta y asi apoyar al ese proyecto a beneficio de los niƱos con discapacidad.

In the watsapp group of families in process of adoption or those who already have adopted a child in Vietnam, one of the moms informed us she has designed some tshirts in order to collect money for a proyect of her adoption agency here in BCN (called IPI)
The information below is about the initiative of helping handicapt children in an orphanage in the south of Vietnam (Rach Gia)

AquĆ­ se puede ver el video sobre el poyecto // this a video about the proyect
Y aquƭ se puede leer mas sobre ello en la pƔgina web de IPI // Here is where you can read more about it on the website of IPI

Los diseƱos son realmente chulos y es muy difĆ­cil hacer una elecciĆ³n la verdad! Cada camiseta y tote cuesta 20€, y su totalidad irĆ” al proyecto. // The designs are really cool and it is very hard to pick one to be honest. Each of the t-hirts or linen bag costs 20€ and all of it is donated to the proyect.



Por favor, usad los siguientes mĆ©todos de contacto para informaciĆ³n de tallas (tanto para adultos como niƱos) y gastos de envio. Nosotros ya tenemos las nuestras; una para David y la otra es para nuestro futuro hijo // Please use the following contacts for more info on sizes (both adults and children!) and shipping posibilities. For all my Dutch contacts you can choose to send it to me and I will make sure it gets to the Netherlands. We have just received ours; one for David and the other one for our future child.

Muchas gracias por vuestra colaboraciĆ³n!! // Thank you very much for your colaboration!!

Monday, 21 May 2018


Apart from movies and documentaries, there are a lot of books written when it comes to adoption, Vietnam or the combination of both. In these series we will write about the books we´ve been reading during our adoption process.
Please note that these are all personal opinions.

01. Vietnam - Dolf de Vries

This book is written by a Dutch actor (he played in "Zwartboek" & "Soldaat van Oranje", for example) who also knows how to write.

As so often these days, when roaming the internet for material on Vietnam and / or adoption, I stumbled across this book by coincidence. And I am so glad I did! I found out that the autor wrote more books on his travels (too bad I didn´t find out sooner, because I could have read some before travelling...come to think of it I might read them anyway!).

David and I knew Vietnam before our adoption plans, just like many other people might know Vietnam. But since it is the birth country of our future child, we want to get to know it a whole lot better. Ever since we made the choice to adopt from Vietnam we´ve been gathering material (books, movies, documentaries) like a bunch of hoarders.

It is a shame the book is only available in Dutch (as far as I know, if somebody finds a Spanish translation, please let us know!) because it is written briliantly!
Mr de Vries knows how to write in a sharp, witty and humoristic way about Vietnam, its people, its history and its future. Since he asks critical questions this is more than just a holiday journal and you get a good understanding of how Vietnam is.
Also, he describes the places they visited in such a lively manner that I Googled them all just to keep some pictures of them.

Very nice for everybody who wants to get to know Vietnam, even if you don´t want to travel there!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


And by pregnant, we mean "Paper Pregnant", since we will carry our child in our hearts (in stead of my womb) and it will take way longer than 9 months (approximately 3 years) before we will be assigned a child.
Nevertheless we are very excited and it was an emotional moment for us that we wanted to share with the world !!

Our road to becoming a family of three started in Dec 2016 but is now oficial. After more than a year of preparations, the day finally arrived! Today we signed the contract with the adoption agency!!!!
We are family number 32 on the list and the expected waiting time is 3 years (yes, that is longer than the pregnancy of an elephant :-) so for now it is kind of a "sit back, relax and enjoy the flight" momento since there is nothing else we can do to speed things up.

We decided to celebrate this moment having lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant close to the adoption agency. We absolutely loved it!

A big warm thank you to all; for reading our blog & posts on Facebook. For listening to our stories. For  motivating us. For giving us advise. For the donations. And for a whole lot more.
Without your love and support this would have been a whole lot harder!

The coming months we will continue to post on our blog; a lot of good movie / documentary and book recomandations coming on as well as information on Vietnam.
And -ofcourse- if there is any news.....we will tell you!!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Movies & Documentaries about Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.

6. This Is Us (TV series) - 2016

The tv series aired in 2017 / 2017 with its first season, showing us the lives of various persons that are connected to eachother.

The lives of Rebecca, Jack and their three children - Kevin, Kate and Randall - are presented at different points in time, going back and forth between the present lives and the past . The Rebecca and Jack stories generally take place during the early stage of their marriage, surrounding the birth of the three children, or at different phases of the children's upbringing, which was not always smooth sailing for any of the five.

Separate stories concerning Kevin, Kate and Randall are also presented in their adult years, each who has his or her own baggage resulting from that upbringing.  These stories may demonstrate the emotional ties that exist not only because of being family, but also because of always having been together (nature vs nurture).

This tv show is not about adoption only (it´s only a part of the story) but about being a family in general, with everything that comes with it.

Highly recomandable!

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