Thursday, June 23, 2011

1 Month Old

My little charge is a month old! Look how she's grown... 

She came to us here at less than 24 hours old:

1 Week

2 Weeks

3 Weeks 

1 Month! And smiling :) 
It has been such a privilege to get to take care of this sweet girl. She came to us after her birth mother had arranged to give her up before her birth. (Her birth mother, age 15, was raped by her uncle.) To my knowledge, the birth mother hadn't wanted to see the baby, but since that time, family members have gone to social services to reclaim the baby. We are waiting on the paperwork to go through, and I'd ask for your prayers for her safety and future.

Just some cute pictures over the past month: 
1st day at CDA






Ready for bed!




love this girl.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bowling Birthday

A lot of our kids don't really get the concept of birthdays. The youngest simply know that every so often, we wake them up telling them it's their birthday, and there's going to be CAKE! The older ones, especially at House 2, have a little better understanding of birthdays and know that they're special days. That being said, most of them still don't pay attention to the date. Not this guy. I don't know who let the cat out of the bag, but since about mid-April, this boy's been counting down until his June 12th birthday! Not wanting him to feel let down after all the anticipation, we had an all-house bowling birthday party. It was chaotic fun, for sure.

I'm SEVEN!

A bit of a tragic moment after that Tia Kaley pushed his face into the cake. She's the WORST. :)

Playing "Woly-Woly!" (Yes, somehow, that's how these kids hear the word "Bowling."


How many pins? How many pins?!??

We managed to have fun in between turns to bowl, too.

Rough life.

Big shout-out to the bowling alley employees, who had to have tons of patience as they collected stuck balls every 4 minutes. (Our kids apparently aren't the strongest.)

WE LOVE WOLY-WOLY!

Buen Dia!

 Rise & shine!
After a night shift in the Baby Home, this is how we start the morning. Bright and early!


A little morning man hug. 

Pre-schoolers get ready for school 

Babies get bathed...
...and dressed 

Some babies are more natural morning people than others... 

......haaaaaa - classic for this girl. 






and ready to start the day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Just a Normal Day

Just a random selection of what we see at the Baby Home every day. :)


nice princess shirt.









Friday, June 17, 2011

Soccer Practice

 Something we've been working on over the past few months at House 2 is exercise! Something I love, but some of the kids...maybe not so much. We also realized that our House 2 kids, a majority of whom are in Elementary school, don't have a real concept of how to play organized sports. When I think about ballet lessons and soccer practices and whatever else my siblings and I got to participate in growing up, the thought of some of these guys missing out was just no good. So, Kristin & I started playing soccer with the kids three times a week, doing some little drills, scrimmaging, and there's always a fist fight or two thrown in for fun. Usually Brandon's involved, but I digress. Getting out of the house and walking a block to where we practice has become one of my favorite parts of the week, and the kids get really excited about playing now, too.



Getting ready to play 

First things first. Mandatory warm-up activity? Freeze tag. Kids' request. And as part of this ritual, we obviously have to put our "feet in" to see who's going to be IT. The kids' have a pretty sweet Flinstones song to sing as we go around the foot circle, but they think Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Mo is hilarious. Doesn' take much to entertain this group.

Annnnnd PLAY.
Wonder which red-shirted player won that battle?

Soccer or dodgeball? Tempting.

Instead of playing soccer, she'd rather run suicides. She's not all there.
(Just kiddingggg!) 


Love this team.