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July 11, 2006

Items of Interest Moving Around on our Site

Hopefully, everyone has been able to navigate the new site setup OK. I have made some of the transition very gradual so we don't completely confuse you. But I did want to introduce you to some features and discuss some upcoming changes. Please take a little time to read it as it affects ALL our readers.

FYI: There will be times you will see a new menu item appear, but nothing behind it immediately. While I would love to be the perfect web-gal, its just sometimes a little easier to make a group of changes before we have those sections ready to display.

FEATURES - Writers Corner
We're moving into an online newspaper-like format. So, we are introducing several new features which have recently been added under Writers Corner on the top horizontal menu bar. We're slowly getting these rolling since our writers have had summer vacations and very busy work schedules....These include:
Abuelita's View - This is my own mother's view and stories on the life of being an extended adoptive family. Probably 95% of why this site exists is due to her influence, so I think many of you will enjoy what she has to say.
Gallery - I am still working on the format, but we're planning on sharing some photos of Guatemala, of the children, etc. We had attempted to do a photo of the week before...but it was put on the backburner when the dedicated email for it simply hosed up. Somehow, I would like to have a place where we can show off our precious or funny photos with others!
GuateMama - This is our parenting feature hosted by Gloria who has had some wonderful advice for almost every aspect of adopting.
Kevin's Corner - or as Kevin puts it..."Kevin's Radical Rant" is where Kevin talks about his own views on everything from tofu to his thoeries on political relativity but all somehow related to his adoption experience.
Second Time Around - Is a public journal following Troy through his second adoption. Troy had a crash course in Adoption 101...201..301, etc...which is explained in his intro. He is also one of our roving researchers and reporters.

More Features to Come...
We're also working to add some more feature sections for post adoption information and health. But I'll wait and surprise you with the details when we're ready to roll. We'll actually be changing the intro page to show the latest entries in all our Features while keeping our mainblog as our NEWS section. Don't worry, I don't think any of you will have a problem figuring out how to navigate it!

RESOURCE CENTER -
Just as it says, this is where we are storing our Resource information. But one of our neatest additions is under the Resource Center Documents (Guatadopt Resources) which is a storage mechanism we are using to store more static information. What is so nice (from the webmaster perspective) is that I simply add the document in the appropriate directory and viola!...it appears in our Resource Center.

Most importantly, I hope that you will navigate the site and look for new additions! If you find something that you particularly liked or found useful, please let us know!

Posted by Kelly at July 11, 2006 09:46 AM
Comments

Kelly,

I have found this site to be very informative and realistic for families considering adoption through Guatemala, and definitely for those of us adopting from Guatemala.

In addition, it gives all of us a place to easily communicate our views, request and issue advice, and a network surrounded with others familiar with the emotional roll-a-coaster associated with an international adoption.

Hats off to you and your support staff for all the wonderful work and dedication you have given and continue to give all of us!!

The new site looks great!! I look forward to what lies ahead, as you release more.

Thanks again,
Cheri F

Posted by: Cheri Fulford at July 11, 2006 06:10 PM

I would like to see the pictures of peoples' children from Guatemala. I think that would be fun to see.

Posted by: Lisa at July 12, 2006 05:09 PM

Hi all, I need help. Our family computer is running like a slug. It takes forever to startup and open programs and the hard drive activity light is always on. It also uses up a lot of RAM for some reason but the CPU usage is normal. I have another hard drive that is in a removable tray that I use, and that has all the same settings and everything, but that one is using a fraction of the RAM and runs pretty good! Please help! ?

Posted by: Gary at August 25, 2006 04:43 PM
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