Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Gratitude for the Judge

We encourage everyone to write letters to the judge!

Dear Honorable Buchanan,

It is with extreme appreciation that we write to express our gratitude for your ruling in support of Henry’s adoption. We understand the complexity of such a decision in an environment such as Bonner County and we commend you for the courage and integrity you demonstrated in ruling on our behalf. Too often, people in positions of influence succumb to the political pressures of their peers or to fears of future retribution; you did not. You took a stand on what is in Henry’s best interest and what is, as we strongly believe, the “right thing to do.”

Out of respect for your desire to maintain relative privacy about your ruling, we have kept the news close to home. But please know that come time for your re-election, we will galvanize the entire forces of our social and professional networks behind you!

Thank you again for helping solidify the legal security of our family unit. May other judges around the nation learn from your leadership.

All the best,

Diana, Shannon and Henry

Friday, January 19, 2007

Ding, Dong, the Witch is...Outta Here!

For those who have followed my work-life drama, you will know that my boss for the past year has been very, very difficult (if not truly crazy-making) and today she was let go!!! Ah, justice seems to abound these days! Obama, Judge Buchanan and now this...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Floridian Considerations

Four Generations of Barnes
Balmy Beach Days at the Atlantic Ocean
GG and the gang
Henry at his finest!

Happy times in Ft. Lauderdale with GG (Great Grandma) Barnes! Henry was delighted to meet his snappy GG, the woman who was married to his namesake, Henry Barnes the first, for many years. The weather was balmy, the conversation vibrant and Henry decided it was high time to crawl! The fun has just begun!


Defying all Idahoian odds, Judge Buchanan accepted our petition for Shannon to adopt Henry! It may be at great cost to her professional endeavors, but the judge did the "right thing" and made everyone very happy! When it comes time for re-election, we are on her side!

Thanks to everyone who helped write letters of support and sent positive energy our way! There is hope for Northern Idaho!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Friendly Visitations

We have been blessed to have many friends visit in the past few weeks -- Craig, Vic & Jess and most recently, Tammy & Lisa. Henry LOVES getting to meet his special auntiess and uncles...

Many days are spent in snow lately -- here, we took a walk and frolicked on the frozen lake. Simply gorgeous!

Considering MLK

In advance of celebrating MLK, I thought I would offer some of his lesser known quotations:

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs re-structuring.
Riverside Church, NYC, April 4, 1967

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? , 1967

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of out time” the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Dec.11, 1964

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, 1967