Moving this blog

16 03 2009

I’m sure most have noticed, but we’re not really posting here anymore. All current posts are being made at Thanks for stopping by!


Update from Ethiopia

24 01 2009

We just posted an update from Ethiopia on our adoption blog.  For more updates this week, please continue checking our adoption blog.


6 01 2009

This is by far one of the most revolutionary blogs I have come across in a long time. The words written here will change the way you look at life and hopefully change the way you live.

Taylor Family Update

5 01 2009

So as you may have noticed I haven’t had much time for posting lately.  If you haven’t made the jump over to reading our adoption blog you might want to.  We’ve had some very exciting news!  =)

But I wanted to update with some pictures from the last few months.  They’ve been full of life and fun and soon to be all the more wild!  Enjoy!

Our friends John and Sara joined us for Thanksgiving with their son Malachi.  Sara and I ran a 5k turkey trot. . . it was freezing outside!

We gave Malachi a Harmonic for his bday – lots of fun!

Joshua and I picked up a Christmas tree.  I was very happy to have one!

Joshua got a little tangled up in the lights! =)

We enjoyed some yummy hot cocoas while decorating for Christmas

Our adoption case was finalized in Ethiopia!!!!

We Love you

Here’s our precious daughter Tigist


And our precious son Fekadu!


Counting down the days

4 12 2008

Do you remember making those great paper chains that you tear off a link each day as you count down to Christmas?  I made one of those yesterday with some children I was babysitting.  Well today, I think I’m going to make one for myself.  Only I’m not counting down days until Christmas, but days until we travel to Ethiopia to pick up our kiddos! 

We have been given tentative travel dates of January 16-24th!  These will be confirmed by Dec 22nd when we’ll know for sure whether or not we’ve passed court in Ethiopia.  Only 43 days to go!!!!

An Economic Lesson

10 11 2008

I’m not sure who authored this, put it was forwarded to me and I thought it quite insightful given the upcoming changes about to take place in our nations tax policies.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20′, declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right’, exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’
‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Valuable Children’s Toys, Books, and Games

3 11 2008

Okay, please send all your readers this way.  And please if you ever read this blog leave a comment.  In the next two months before our kiddos arrive we are trying to come up with some great children’s toys,books, and games.  So what sticks out in your minds as great items to have around the house for a 6 year old boy and a 5 year old girl in the following categories:

Toys-What did you most play with at these ages, or what do your children most play with at these ages?

Games-What games should every parent have in their game cupboard for 5-6 year old kiddos?

Books-What are the must haves?  We’ll be frequenting the library quite often but which ones should we actually own?

Educational-Help please!  I am planning on home schooling the kids and I would love ideas on creative educational tools.  *No curriculum suggestions please, we’re not buying any program for kindergarden.*  Just looking for the things every home school family should have on hand.