We are a couple who have tried to get pregnant for several years. We realized that we were meant to find an alternate path to building our family. In February 2007 we adopted our daughter, Karen, then aged 2. Karen is now 5, and extremely bright and well developed. I consider her a miracle, because the baby home she came from was really pretty awful compared to the other 3 baby homes I visited.
This blog (December, January 2010) describes the adventures we experienced in adopting our son, Matan. Matan is an adorable little boy, and he will be 2 years old in April 2010.
I would like to focus on parenting, politics, and the occasional religious or spiritual/philosophical issue or topic.
We live in Tel Aviv, so politics tends to reign supreme much of the time.


4 responses to “About

  1. The Donner Party were stuck in the Sierras not too far from Lake Tahoe 🙂
    Great to hear all is going well. Congrats!
    See ya soon.


  2. Hi Howard, good to hear from you. Just arrived home. What a feeling!

  3. Dear Mr. Takeno,

    I wish I had the answer for you and your wife. It appears that the Ukrainian government has run out of the “new” passport covers. We were in a small, remote region (oblast) where they were still using up their supply of the old passport covers. Any region now using the new passport covers seems to have a problem requisitioning new ones from the central government. This is all hearsay, as I have read nothing official about it. I just know that we got the “old” cover, and that is what saved us waiting until a new national budget is passed or some such “months from now” time period.

  4. Hi Zendette,

    Thank you very much for your prompt response and information.

    We’ll keep this in mind.

    I have a small request, if possible. Could you please delete my original post, as I didn’t want it to be published…?

    Kind Regards,


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