[In Ghana, whenever somebody sits down to eat food while you have none, they say, "You are invited." Even if they don't necessarily want to share their food with you, they will always invite you to share it with them. Not to do so would be VERY rude!]
Starting Sunday at sundown our family is going to eat only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches until the Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. The money that we save by eating this simple food rather than eating out or even making other meals, we will donate to Adoption Advocates International. AAI has LOTS of worthy projects, but this time our family is going to donate to the "home fires" fund. People don't think about giving money just to keep the electricity and phone bills paid at their adoption agency, but that is a very real need--especially with agencies who truly only charge what they must to make ends meet.
In the scheme of things, 3-4 days of eating PB&J three meals a day is a super small sacrifice. Not even a whole week! And yet, we figure we will be able to donate over $100 to AAI. It will also serve as an example to our children how much of the world eats. For much of the world, there isn't a lot of variety in the basic diet. I expect that we will hear more than our share of complaints next week. That's okay. It's just a very short inconvenience for all of us.
YOU ARE INVITED!!! Maybe your family wants to join us? If so, let me know! I'd love to hear that others have decided to do the same thing (or something similar). Some families do beans and rice instead of PB&J. That would have had my vote, except that we have one child that gags and vomits if he sees a bean!