Saturday, April 25, 2009

Getting To Know Each Other

Many of us have blogs to keep our friends and family up-to-date on our adoption journeys and life post-adoption. For me, blogging has also been a good way of making new friends. Some I've never met in person, while others I've had the opportunity to meet at adoption events over the last couple of years.

Because many of us will be meeting in person at TAFRU, I thought it would be nice to start getting to know each other via our blogs. So, if you have a blog and would like to have your family name and blog address added to the side bar, please let me know.

Still Gathering Info

So far, I've only received 11 suggestions on where we should have our reunion. If you haven't yet expressed your opinion on location or date, please do so. I've been tallying all the requests and on June 1st I will post the results so we can begin discussing more details.

Also, continue to spread the word to other Toukoul families that you know.

**For more detail, please see the April 14th post.**

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Contact With The Agencies?

I've been wondering if we should make contact with AAA, TOL and Dove about our plans? I think it would be a good way to get the word out to other families who might be interested.

What does everyone think?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


What a response! I've gotten responses from 20 different families so far asking to be added to the blog list and several of you are passing the word onto other families. Please continue to pass the word to any Toukoul families you know.

Because we have several on the blog now and I'm sure more to come, I thought we should at least start making a couple important decisions. Date and location.

I think we will all agree that finding a date and location that is going to work for everyone is just not feasible. However, I know we can find a date and location that will be agreeable to the majority. My hope is that by having this reunion in the summer of 2010, it will allow those families that want to attend, but will have to travel to do so, the time to plan and save.

What I would like start with now is discussing dates and location. I'm going to give us a list of dates to choose from and would like everyone to let me know which dates work for you. These are all 2010 dates.

June 25 - 27
July 9 - 11
July 16-18
July 23-25
Aug 6-8
Aug 13-15

I'm avoiding 4th of July weekend due to travel costs typically being higher over holidays. I've also tried to select dates that won't conflict with kid's school schedules.

Next, I would like us to discuss location. Tell me where you would like to see the reunion held and why you think it would be a good location.

Thanks for your participation in helping make this reunion become a reality.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Welcome to the 'planning place' for the first annual Toukoul Adoptive Families Reunion (TAFRU).

The decision to plan TAFRU is very recent. I am a future Toukoul adoptive parent and I expressed my interest and desire in keeping my future child connected with not just other children from Ethiopia, but children who were also adopted from Toukoul. I discovered that other parents had been in discussion about this as well and the idea of TAFRU was born.

There are a lot of plans yet to be made, but as this event is put together, it will be posted here. At this point all that has been decided is that TAFRU will be held sometime in the summer of 2010. We would like to involve everyone in deciding the date and location, so watch for polls to be posted in the near future.

I look forward to getting to know many of you via this blog and hopefully meeting many of you in the future. In the meantime, please pass the word to all current and future Toukoul adoptive families that you know.