May 31st 2012 – With bruises, cuts, scrapes, open sores, and scars on his skin Iderby was in rough shape when he arrived at the orphanage. Weighing 30 lbs and 36.5 inches tall he had no muscle tone, his pants fell from around his tiny waste, and he seemed only able to lift his limp arms, legs, and neck with very great effort. It is obvious he had been neglected for some time, and his immune system wasn’t getting the nutrients it needed to fend off the virus and bacteria that preyed upon his fragile little body. He ate and drank with a hasty impatience that first meal. His emaciated belly couldn’t have handled more even if we had gone against our better judgment and given him another portion, but his weary little eyes broke our hearts as we watched him lick the last drop out of his bowl, his physiological hunger had not begun to be fed.
1 yr later – Today Iderby turns away a meal when it’s something he doesn’t care for, and will scoop the last of even his favorite meals into a friend’s bowl if he is feeling full and doesn’t want it. He has no doubt he’ll be fed, that they’ll always be enough, and he’ll never be overlooked. He knows his meal and snack schedule, and devours scrambled eggs with a dot of Tabasco, his favorite breakfast. Iderby has put on 12 lbs and grown 5 full inches!! He’s s strong and healthy little boy, though has much catching up to do in all areas of develop not just physically trying to grow into a normal 7 yr old sized body, the age we’ve been told he is. Iderby is full of mischief. He’s got determination and spunk! Telling his nanny he must get up from nap to use the toilet he’ll sneak out into the yard to play hoping she doesn’t notice his prolonged absence. When she does, no matter, he shrugs his shoulders returns to bed, and lays their planning his next escape. Due to years of malnutrition Iderby may never catch up to his peers, but today with grateful hearts we give thanks for the life of this motivated, goofy, break the mold, joyful, observant, affectionate, inquisitive, master mind, and the unique talents and interests that God has created him with. Today I watch Iderby escape his nap and climb into the chair fort he made this morning, hidden for a moment from the world that has shown him such cruelty, creating a safe place of solitude for himself and his thoughts. Hopefully thoughts of whether we’re going to have popcorn or cheese puffs with movie tonight, but unfortunately most likely thoughts of hurts endured and loved ones lost. Today, we don’t call him back in to nap, but instead say a prayer asking our Heavenly Father to join this little one in his self made fortress and bring him comfort and healing as only He can.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
To be continued…
Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013