7 Ways to Help Free The Captives, Fight the Trafficker

Carole Towriss Christianity, Freedom, Living in Washington, D.C. 0 Comments

There are over 35 million* slaves in the world today. Join us in fighting this plague by participating in JVI’s Free the Captive, Fight the Trafficker Endurance Events Series (FCFT Series). The FCFT Series is a variety of 5K , 10K, 1/2 Marathons, Triathlons and other endurance events held through December 31, 2015 to raise awareness and funds to fight …

Buy her Bag, Not her Body

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

Carole Towriss Freedom, Living in Washington, D.C. 0 Comments

I wanted to share some photos from the Do A Little Good shopping day last weekend. There were so many wonderful products, all supporting survivors of trafficking, enabling families to escape debt bondage and poverty, and creating sustainable businesses so women and families aren’t dependent on charity. There were myriad purses and satchels, gorgeous jewelry, cute children’s clothing, and scarves …

Memorable Day 2: New Beginnings, Great Extremes

Carole Towriss Adoption, Christianity, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting, Uncategorized 4 Comments

On December 22, 1998, we signed the closing papers for the house we now live in. We’d built what we thought would be the house we’d grow old in down in Atlanta. But then John accepted a transfer to the DC bureau of CNN, so we left everything we’d grow accustomed to, all our friends, the church we’d been part …

“But We Have the Best Doctors in the Whole World!”

Carole Towriss Christianity, Living in Washington, D.C., Uncategorized 2 Comments

I’ve been to two funerals in the last month. I didn’t know either of the deceased. Both were family of friends of mine. Regardless, funerals cause you to consider death, and life, and I naturally thought about mine. I think most people have the same “most important days”—weddings, children’s births, etc. But I want to share some of my most …

How Many Times Do I Have to Prove My Children Are Mine?

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting 5 Comments

Last week we got passports for all our children. Should be a straightforward process, even for adopted children. We had to show the adoption decree along with birth certificates and proof of citizenship. It turned out to be a huge mess. Because we wanted to travel before the standard three-month window, we went to a library where there was a …

“You May Call it Nonsense If You Like”

Carole Towriss Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting, Writing 2 Comments

My daughter (twelve years old) was called in for counseling at school this week, along with several of her friends. Apparently one of them wasn’t getting along with the others, and went to the counselor, and she decided to intervene. While I appreciate the good intentions of the counselor, what I didn’t like was the fact I wasn’t even informed, …

One in Six – We Can Change That Number

Carole Towriss Christianity, Living in Washington, D.C., Parenting, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Our family often goes to lunch after church on Sunday, but this week we will staying after service and buying slices of pizza for $2 each. We’ll probably eat standing up and chatting with others around us, and all there will be to drink will be water. Sound appetizing? The reason is every three months or so the children host a …

Father Knows Best

Carole Towriss Adoption, International Adoption, Living in Washington, D.C. 0 Comments

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, so like everyone else I was thinking of our freedom, our country, our privileges. As you know, my three adopted kids came from Kazakhstan. Buggy had to apply for her citizenship after we brought her home in April 1999. It was a formality—they had to grant it, but we still had to fill out …