Answered prayer…. a smooth transition…


DSC09072 Thank you all for your prayers!  They have definitely been felt throughout the last few days in preparation for our new arrivals and all day long especially today.  IMG_2204

Fifteen turned into nine, which is the exact number that God knew needed to come today, and the perfect number for this transition, as only He could have known.  Nine new little additions to the GLA Toddler House are tucked into bed eye lids heavy and ready to say good-bye to this day.  A long day of new acquaintances DSC09157that will one day become best friends.  A day of strangers helping to bath, wiping tears, giving hugs, serving meals, speaking words of comfort, faces filled with caring that will one  day become “mothers”.  A day filled with fears and emotions.  A day that will mark the beginning of new chapter of their lives, that at this point they could not yet imagine.  Adoption.  

Picking the kids up this morning at the IMG_2208orphanage went more smoothly than I could have imagined.  The numbers changed one by one as kids were called out DSC09080from inside to come and meet us and be prepared to leave.  Some came out, and then were decided against to send and went back inside, others came out and  then had a sibling that wasn’t intended to go, but was last minute included (PRAISE THE LORD).  The other kids were in school, and just as we were ready to leave had recess and rushed out to say good-bye to their friends and only by His grace seemed to “cheer” on their friends DSC09178as we closed the doors and pulled away. 

Twenty-five minutes later we were arriving at their new home.  Hesitantly they surveyed the scene in front of them as our kids IMG_2325gathered around wanting to meet them and see who they were.  Keeping physically close to each other at first they seemed solemn and unsure.  But “quickly” in the eyes of the magnitude of this move they one by one decided that the play cars and scooters were too interesting to let their fears keep them away from trying out.  

The 1-4 year old age range was a bit misconstrued and their ages actually range from 2-9 years.  Well loved, but with just not enough means, their ribs, and shoulder blades protrude.  And hugs are not yet soft, but will be soon.  Nine year old Marie  Laure’s IMG_2320tiny frame only weighs in at 36 lbs.  Her hair cut short, due to the fungus on her scalp, she is not the world’s popular definition of beauty and somehow sadly enough I think she has felt it.  We have already started her on an oral antibiotic which will helpfully rid her skin of the dozen or so infections causing her pain and bring her relief within a few days.  Many of them have staff infections, fungus, and scabies, and we are IMG_2334so thankful that we have been blessed with medication enough to treat them immediately.  

Tonight as they lay in their beds, cleaIMG_2305n, fed, clothed, and covered in cozy blankets on soft mattresses not one of their faces remained solemn.  Nothing could contain their grins and giggles. The pain of their earlier good-byes was cast aside, even just for an  evening, and their joy uninhibited radiated among them.  We are so thankful for how smooth it has gone, how healthily they have shown their emotions this day, and IMG_2337 how a peace has passed over them this evening as their heavenly Father whom they may not yet know carries them in His arms and watches over them as they sleep. 


He will defend the afflicted among the people
   and save the children of the needy…”

Psalm 72:4a

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Colleen and Jussi wrote:
I have tears of love for each of you as you share His love to each of HIS. Blessings, wish I was closer I would come for a cup of tea.

Tue, February 15, 2011 @ 10:18 PM

2. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Lots of prayers for all those adorable children that are new to the toddler house along with all those adorable children who currently live there ! Prayers for a peaceful transition and that fast friendships are made ! Many blessings to you all.......Thank you for sharing the story and pictures, as they have all been on my heart and mind all day long.

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 12:15 AM

3. God's Littlest Angels in Haiti » Blog Archive » An Extra Measure…… wrote:
[...] on helping nine kids adjust to a new home, new friends and new caregivers. Read what Molly wrote at Transitions [...]

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

4. Kristin wrote:
What a wonderful story. Praying that within a few days it will seem like they have always been there. There eyes just show how much they appreciate the love. Thank you for sharing through pictures.

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

5. Jaime Stanley wrote:
Molly & Joyce~ Your love for these children is so contagious! What a beautiful group of children you have:) Praise God for bringing them into your care where they will surely learn of His love for them. May they all grow to know how precious they are!!

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 3:36 PM

6. tamara white wrote:
love, love, love the cozy, cozy jammies picture!

Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

7. Carla Vasilakes wrote:
Molly, thanks for such a beautiful vision of your day. You and Joyce are such marvells, continually opening your hearts for 'one more child'... Will be continuing to pray for all of you during this transition time.

Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 3:18 PM

8. God's Littlest Angels in Haiti » Blog Archive » The Busiest Week since March of 200 wrote:
[...] go to: and This influx of kids (and the likelihood that there will be more coming in the relatively near [...]

Fri, February 18, 2011 @ 6:43 PM

9. Diana wrote:
:-) i love you pics and my daughter Annetin (5) too. she felt in love with one of the new girls, she always smiles on the pics and in Annetins craftcourse i an adopted girl and she looks really similar to the little one. We would ask for her name when its ok (the one with the red teletuppy pyjama. I would love to adopt a child and Annetin to have a sister. But in germany is so complicated with all the papers, courses and so on. We made already a course for a forster child care...

Tue, March 8, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

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