My Day Camper

Lili is off to day camp this week and because I’m such an awesome mom, I didn’t take one photo of her on her first day at camp.  That’s right folks!!!!  Not one photo of my daughter on her first ever first day of day camp.

But not to worry!  I managed to take some second day of camp pictures.

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So far, she loves Art and Science in the Woods.

On the way home yesterday she told me about the turkey vulture they found as well as a Goldfinch and some other birds she couldn’t remember the name of.  She was also thrilled to learn what poison ivy and sumac look like.  She was able to try out some Native American instruments and made a teepee from sticks, a rubber band and some cloth she decorated.

Overall, it was an awesome first day of camp and I look forward to hearing all about her camp adventures this week.  And to make up for missing day 1 pictures, maybe I’ll take day 3, 4 and 5 🙂

DNA Testing (Cont.)

We have already received the results of the girls DNA testing.

Sadly, we didn’t get a lot of DNA matches for Naomi, but the one we did get was quite surprising and exciting.

As many of you know, Naomi is from Ethiopia.  Our niece and her husband also have a child from Ethiopia who is 5 months younger than Naomi and they had his DNA testing done thru the same company.  We discovered that not only are they cousins via adoption, but they are also cousins via DNA.  Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less.

Lili, on the other hand has many, many matches.  We have found several 3rd, 4th and 5th cousins who are also adoptees from Guatemala.  We’ll actually be spending time with some of them this summer and they’ll now have a connection via biology as well as adoption.

These matches can only be made if those who have matching DNA have also been tested.  As others test, we’ll be notified of matches.  Who knows what long-lost relatives we might find 🙂

DNA Testing

For the last 2-3 years, I’ve been interested in having some DNA testing done on the girls.  There were a couple reasons for wanting the testing.

First of all, we don’t have a tremendous amount of family history on either of them.  For a matter-of-fact, we have 0 family history on one of them.  I thought testing DNA would be a good way to get information on potential health risk factors.

The second reason is the possibility of finding biological family members.

I know many adoptive families who went thru a company called 23andMe and spoke highly of their experience.  Several found cousins and I know of some who actually found the biological sibling(s) of their adopted child(ren).  Obviously, you can only find these bio family members if they have been tested thru 23andMe, but with a large number of adoptive families having their kids tested, it’s possible one or both of my girls have bio family members who have also been adopted.  Those are important connections for an adoptee.

After all this time, I finally ordered the DNA testing kits for each of the girls a few weeks ago.  The testing is done on saliva, so I had each of them spit in their test tubes and we shipped them back to 23andMe and began waiting.

Unfortunately, the FDA stepped in and decided they needed to be involved in a regulatory review process.  So at this time we are unable to get any health information.

What we will get is ancestry information and any DNA matches that are in the 23andMe database.

Today we received some general history regarding each girl’s ancestry, which is fascinating, but we won’t have all the information for a couple more weeks.

For now, let me just say that “Science is AWESOME!!”