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November 23 is National Adoption Day

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, November 21, 2013

As the mother of 16 children, many of them adopted and foster children that my husband and I have gladly welcomed into our home and our hearts, National Adoption Day is very close to my heart. Over the years, the Hood family has grown not only in size but in richness and joy, and we are proud to be adoptive parents. Please take some time this Saturday to consider what you can do to help the many children who remain without families, whether it is by donating to an organization like The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, becoming an advocate in your community, or opening your home to those in need.

Thank you,

A Special Message from The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
This Saturday, November 23rd, we will celebrate National Adoption Day and the approximately 4,500 adoptions of children in foster care that will take place in courthouses across the nation. It is a day of celebration as well as a poignant reminder of the nearly 100,000 children in foster care still awaiting their own adoption day.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute exists because we not only believe that every child needs a family, but also that they can find that family – no matter what their age or circumstances. Toward that goal, we continue to raise awareness of the policy barriers that prevent children in the U.S. and around the word from finding their forever families. We will work daily with policymakers to address these barriers until every last one is removed.

We are pleased to announce the release of our report, What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress. This report highlights several areas where the U.S. Congress might work to reduce the number of children living without families in the U.S. and abroad. It is our hope that all who read this new report, from Members of Congress to adoptive parents, Members of the Administration to foster youth, will work in partnership with us until every child in need of a family finds permanency.

Invitation to All Bibliophiles!

posted by Karen Hood
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

As a writer, I have always been passionate about the written word. A deep and abiding love for books is the kind of thing that brings people together from all ages, countries, and walks of life and knits them together into a community that welcomes and revels in exploring their interests together. The dialogues that take place when people discuss their favorite books are always exciting and invigorating, and as someone who loves reading, I would like to open my blog to my fellow bibliophiles far and wide and invite everyone to share your love for reading.

This summer, my family and I read the D’Artagnan novels by Alexandre Dumas for the first time. Most people are only aware of the first and last books in the series, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, but there is actually another book called Twenty Years After that takes place between them, and The Man in the Iron Mask is only the last part of a larger novel, The Vicomte de Bragelonne. We read the entire series and enjoyed it immensely. Twenty Years After is an exciting story that pits the musketeers against Mordaunt, the son of their nemesis Milady who is seeking revenge for the death of his mother. The Vicomte de Bragelonne is full of political intrigue that may seem tedious on the surface, but Dumas’s lively prose carries the story smoothly ahead to the exciting conclusion that most readers are more familiar with as The Man in the Iron Mask.

What was your favorite summer read this year? Do you have a favorite book or series that you read every year, perhaps during the lazy, golden days of summer that are so filled with sunshine and magic? Or maybe you’re the type who prefers to curl up with a new book on the cold, gloomy days of autumn and winter. Whatever you love about reading, feel free to share it here, even a favorite news article or recipe you’ve recently discovered! I look forward to discussing the marvelous world of books with all of you.
Karen Hood

Life on a Family Farm

posted by Karen Hood
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cheyenne milking one of our Nubian dairy goats

Here at Mountain Valley View Farm, we feel continually blessed. Our farm is relatively small, encompassing only 30 acres here in the Spokane Valley, and is entirely operated by the Hood family. We are lucky to have a large family that enjoys helping out with all the chores and tasks involved in keeping the farm running. Last weekend when we harvested our first crop of organic rhubarb, everyone got involved–and a good thing too, because the haul was so large it would have taken forever without all that help! We are proud of our children’s diligence and cheerful helping hands, for they are growing up with strength of character and fortitude that will make them into wonderful adults.

Keisha and Rosy with one of our Icelandic horses

All of our children love animals, and we have taught them to be be respectful of all life and this great planet we live on. Growing up on a farm is a wonderful experience for them, and they learn so much each day about responsible, sustainable ways of living that are good for the earth and all its creatures. We have a great variety of animals on our farm, from horses and goats to chickens, ducks, geese, and even turkeys. The kids love interacting with all these different animals and are eager to help feed and take care of them.

Corbin feeding two of our baby Nubians

For our family, running Mountain Valley View Farm is not just a job: it is a way of life, one we take great pride and pleasure in. Although planting, harvesting, and taking care of our many farm animals takes a lot of hard work and can be very demanding at times, everyone enjoys seeing the fruits of our labor when we bring in a harvest or watch the goats and horses frolic playfully in the pasture. We also know that in providing fresh, nutritious organic produce and dairy to the public, we are filling an important role in our community and helping others enjoy a healthy lifestyle. We love getting to know the people who purchase from and support our farm, so please take a moment to stop by and see us at one of the local farmers’ markets–we’d love to meet you and tell you more about our family and farm!

You can find us at the following area farmers’ markets:

Spokane Public Market
32 W. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99210
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed – Fri

Spokane Farmers’ Market
5th Ave between Division & Brown
Spokane, WA 99210
8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wed & Sat

Spokane Northside Farmers’ Market
315 E. Francis
Spokane, WA 99205
Wed 3 – 7 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market
1421 N. Meadowood Lane
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat