Friday, August 27, 2010

Hello, I love you

Hello, I love you by Ted Kluck - Ted is an all around jock, sports writer and coach, but when it comes to adopting his sons from Ukraine Ted is a fish out of water.  One of the few adoption books written from a fathers perspective (although this does seem to be a new trend) this book is witty and real. Ted covers up some of his frustration with humor but you have to have humor when you are told something different every day, are stopped on the street by elderly women who tell you what you aren't doing right, and have your door broken down by the police and a gun pointed at your head because you forgot how to work the alarm system in your apartment.

International adoption is not for the faint of heart which this book shows in glowing detail.  One minute you believe you are adopting a daughter and the next you wind up with a son.  You think you only need to make one trip to be told that you will now need to make three.  You travel with thousands of dollars strapped to your body hoping that you don't get mugged and while people are friendly you spend most of your time staring at your spouse because she is the only one who understands your language.  But the catch is that it is all worth it in the end.  While this book had a little too much praying and "God will provide" for me it wasn't like reading a bible and he wasn't quoting bible verses every few pages.  His reliance on God did help him through the unpredictable and often frustrating times which is what its there for and after all Ted was a missionary at one point in his life so I don't know what I was expecting.  Overall a good funny book with a realistic look at adoption in Ukraine.

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