Thursday, May 24, 2012

And We're Back!

That was fun! Brian and I had a fantastic trip to Europe, visiting Stockholm, Rome, Venice, and Paris. We had the opportunity to visit the Louvre while we were in Paris, and saw the Code of Hammurabi. Quite impressive!

Code of Hammurabi, at Musée du Louvre
One thing that struck me about it was that the code actually contained references to adoption. I looked into it a bit more when we got home, and it turns out that it's one of the first references in written history to the whole concept. Pretty cool!

Although we plan on being a bit more lenient when our kids have questions about their birth families:
French translation of the Code of Hammurabi
In English: 193 - If an adopted child [...] identifies his birth home and rejects the father or the mother who raised him and leaves for his birth home, his eye shall be torn out.

Yikes! Seems a bit harsh, doesn't it? I'm glad things have evolved a bit since then!

Anyway, now we're back and ready to go. Our homestudy document (being written by our counselor Katie) will likely be finished in the next few weeks, and at that point we'll just be wrapping up a few loose ends before we enter the pool of waiting families!


  1. Oh, Andy, I am SO glad that you two will be a little more lenient than in ancient times and not tear out his poor little eye.
    And please also ignore #195 ("If a child hits his father, cut off his hand.") A child really shouldn't hit, but the punishment is a bit harsh.
    I guess.... forget Hammurabi and go elsewhere for your child rearing advice!