Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mom is Back!

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. Have you been wondering where I've been? Well I've been right here at home, eating cilantro with my bearbun.

Mom got home from her trip to Kosovo a few days ago. She is still really tired. But I am SO happy she is home. Don't get me wrong, I love my Dad. But somehow, Mom knows my routine better.

I did let her know I was a bit upset that she left me. It took me a few minutes before I kissed her and I left her a few poops outside of my cage just to let her know I am still the boss. Hehe!

Mom was really busy on her trip. She was so busy that she hasn't even had time to help Flat Michael work on his blog. That's because Mom was writing articles for our local newspaper, taking TONS of photos, and maintaining the blog for her group. Somehow Mom didn't bring too many photos of herself back (somehow I think that was planned). She has told me SO many stories about her trip that it would take me months to tell them all to you. But here are some highlights.

Mom visited a place called "Slovene Village" several times.

As you can tell from the photos, it is not a very nice place to live. Mom says the village was built after the 1999 war for people who lost everything. Nine years later, some families still don't have a place to live. Mom says the people here need the most help....and if the local government has it's way, the camp will close soon. This means the families will have no place to live. I can tell that makes Mom very sad.

Here is Mom holding one of Slovene's newest residents.

And here's Mom helping a young Slovene resident color. Mom says this little boy didn't even know how to hold a crayon, so she had to help him color.

Here is Mom with her friend Burim. He was one of the people Mom interviewed for her radio program in 2002 (her first trip to Kosovo).

The most special part of the trip for Mom was getting to see Hadji, her "special little boy."

Mom first met Hadji in 2002 when he was living in Slovene Village. Mom thought he was so cute and took several photos of him. She saw him again in 2005 and gave his Mom a copy of one of her photos from her earlier trip. Her boss took a photo of Mom holding Hadji as he was holding the photo. This summer, they repeated the process.

Mom wrote a special story for the newspaper about Hadji. It is also on the trip blog. You can read it here:

I was even sad after Mom read the story to me. Hadji sounds like he would be a cool playmate!

If you want to see LOTS of photos, videos, and Mom's stories from her trip, check out the trip blog at:

Maybe someday I will get to meet him. Meanwhile, I am just glad Mom is home.

That's all for now.....