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with the formal adoption in the
A lot of red tape was involved in
obtaining Ryan’s visa, but it finally
came through just five days before
the Hesses were scheduled to fly
out of Bolivia.
it was very close,” Marlene
Marlene’s oldest sister and her
husband had traveled to Bolivia
with the Hesses and adopted a little
girl who is now six.
They’ll have something in
common,” Marlene said. Even
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now, she said, she can s*v i special
bond between them.
Darlene said they hope to lake
Ryan b«ck to Bolivia when he is old
enough to remember the trip.
“I think that’s really important
with a child of another culture,”
she said. “That has been part of his
past and culture and we don’t want
to take that away from him’ ’
Marlene said she believes that
she and her husband have an edge
over other adoptive parents who
did not spend an extended period of
time living in their adopted child’s
culture. During their stay in
It didn’t come easy.
with the best.
Bolivia the ht -.scs i illected pic
tures, books and men nines that
they plan to share with Hyan when
he gets older.
“We can help relive that for
Ryan,” Marlene said.
They also have a picture of
Ryan’s birth mother and of his
grandmother that they will give to
him when he is older.
“We’ll answer Ryan’s
questions,” Marlene said. “The
more honest you can be with your
child, the better.”
Marlene said that when they
began talking about adopting
Ryan, t! m wue mid that special
problems could confront parents of
adoptive children from different
cultures. Sometimes the adopted
child will want to return to his birth
culture, presenting problems for
the adoptive parents.
But the Hesses didn’t let the
threat of problems stop them.
‘We were very optimistic about
adoption” Marlene said.
“hildren, especially adopted
childiui, need parents who have
a source of strength within them,”
Marlene said. For her and Andy,
that source of inner strength
comes from faith in God.
“As Christians we have
resources to deal with the
problems that might come up
Consumer awareness, in ad
dition to sewing skills, is the goal of
4-H’s clothing projects, says
Pamela Cutright, Penn State
Extension clothing and textiles
Since most people do not sew the
majority of their clothes, learning
to buy and care for clothes has
become very important, she says.
While each lesson includes sewing
skills, it also teaches grooming,
consumer awareness and self
The projects, all of which have
been recently revised, are divided
into 10 levels with the first six
mixing sewing and consumer
lessons. The last four allow the
participant to choose either area or
Participants begin at their own
ability level and can take the
lessons consecutively, take more
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Marlene said a lot of people have
asked her if she loves Ryan as
much as she would her own child,
but this question baffles her.
“He became a part of us and we
loved him initially,” she explained.
"He definately has brought a new
aspect to our lives.”
Ryan has a loving outgoing
personality that attracts people,
“It’s interesting to see how
people reach out to him and really
love him,” she said.
The Hesses live on a farm in Mt.
Joy where Andy farms part-time
with his father while maintaining a
fulltime carpentry job during the
winter months. They farm 170
acres, producing com, soybeans,
alfalfa and wheat and raise steers.
than one project at a time or skip
lessons that may be too easy for
The projects have been in
troduced two at a time over the
past five years. In each project,
participants construct items they
In addition to the sewing
projects, participants learn other
useful skills such as hair care and
updating clothing for reuse.
Since the revised program has
begun, enrollment in 4-H clothing
projects has increased 12 percent
and the number of boys par
ticipating has increased 107 per
cent, Cutnght says.
For information on how you can
become a volunteer 4-H Clothing
leader or how to enroll your child
in 4-H, call Helaine Brown, 4-H
Agent at 277-0574.
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