Current Child Count

  • HOGAR DE AMOR I: 11 babies
  • HOGAR DE AMOR II: 6 boys
  • HOGAR DE AMOR III: 8 girls

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Arrival

Yeah. This was um....unexpected. Much more so when this little girl is 6 but the size of a toddler. Is blind (appears like she's looking at me in the picture, but she's not really). Uses diapers, bottles, doesn't walk, talk... Could it be cerebral palsy again?
That would probably be more scary but, as we talked about at Bible study tonight, the unknown is so much scarier. We "know" a bit more about CP these days, thanks to our Baby B and Baby V, although baby/child V (which to call her?) might be more severe.

Currently V is at CDA II with the big kids. I couldn't think what else to do tonight at 7pm, without having the social worker or administrator to consult with (although Katrina hung with me helping after her doctor run--thanks!), and Bible study starting and I had several things to take to ladies there from my family, things to ask them, etc.

Katrina and I made her a bottle, changed her diaper, and took her straight to Bible study where she slept pretty peacefully (with open eyes!) in their spare bedroom as we met.

Ironically, our current Bible Study "Walking By Faith" is by Jennifer Rothschild, herself blind.

My next plan......pray for an appropriate foster family! For her and for several others who need one ASAP. The green light from the government to work in this way (foster families) opens up a whole new world for us! I am so excited about it. It's becoming desperate too. Tomorrow or soon the newborn comes in from the countryside, and now it's long term. So much need!

On another note...

Two months now since I've held baby Gabriela... I was overwhelmed with urgent tasks all day but made sure to give her twin Gabriel hugs a couple of times...the only baby to get any today since I was busy with this disaster in my room, the aftermath of my family's departure:

All the "leftovers" from my family's almost-23 months in Bolivia and the stuff I had there. I barely had a path to get to my bed by last night. Getting everything out of their place was NUTS. Stuff was growing out of the drawers and cabinets, I swear. We filled up three cars full AFTER we took Dad to the airport and thought we were practically done.

Several of our current volunteers took turns helping us over the weekend. Katrina, Sarah, Dan, thanks for your cheerful, servant spirits!! Made the work so much lighter...literally!

Now I'd be so happy to never lug a dirty heavy box the rest of the my life, but that's not going to happen, I'm just 26 and a missionary. ;-)

It was great actually, to be so crazily busy so as to keep my mind off Gabriela, and my first day without family here.

Simply between 5:30pm and 6:30pm today....

Met with the social worker and administrator to catch them up on my trip downtown (met with a lawyer, a paperwork lady, got a call about taking in the newborn tomorrow or soon)

Something like 4 calls from a CDA I and III medical outing with 3 babies/kids. Luis DOES have a small fracture from his fall at church yesterday, bummer! The 3rd doctor finally spotted it in the xrays. At least we know what's up now. His elbow is too swollen to even cast him now; he'll have to return tomorrow after some intense ice-packing.

Get call from one of Dad's friends to ask if he made it back; I take the opportunity to talk to him about the room we hope to add on to the Baby Home

Plan out some of the many details for Wednesday's Baby Home staff annual planning meeting

Try to think of another option for a "special speaker" to do a devotional for us Wednesday morning since the first option had to travel

Call a couple volunteers to plan tomorrow

Take an English call from someone with a strong accent who wants to visit Baby Home tomorrow; offers to bring something we need. How thoughtful! I suggest formula and diapers.

And the rest of the week will be equally wild! Never a dull moment, for sure.


BoufMom9 said...

WOW! Sounds like things are really incredibly busy there, but amazing as well.
God bless you and all you are doing!

Gallo Pinto2 said...

Wow a blind child...that's definitely a new challenge! 77 days!

Laurel said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and leaving a comment. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. It sounds like a wonderful work that you are doing there.

I will definitely pass along your blog info. to my dear daughters that LOVE missions work.

Many blessings,

Laurel :)
mama of 13

Joyful Mom said...

Oh my goodness---she is absolutely precious!