Smiles from the Eyes of an Angel


This is a post about a darling little boy.  This little boy is unlike any other.  Each child that God brings to our doors and into our hearts is unique and amazing, they have truly individual gifts and talents.  They carry individual hearts that beat to a love that they have known, and a hurt that they have endured. Each one captivates us in a different way, and  connects with us in a different way.  

Several months ago, before the chaos of what I now call the Summer of 2012 I shared a prayer request about a beautiful little boy whose uniqueness captured my heart and drew me to him.  Not many people have had the privilege of knowing him. 

But I have.

And the season in his life that I have been allowed to be a part of I will cherish forever.  This little boy shielded so much pain, hurt, fear, he held it deep inside and refused to let us in…

We have a dedicated passionate Haitian staff at the GLA Toddler House who can feel the pain of these little ones often times deeper than anyone as they KNOW the pain of loss, suffering, struggle, and hopelessness more than most of us from the developed world can begin to imagine.  They will tell you it is not easy, it can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting.  They rely daily on the Holy Spirit to fill them with enough to meet the needs and help heal the hurts of those whom God has placed in their care.  These ladies don’t shield their emotion they embrace these children as their own.    

These ladies took this boy, this darling little boy who refused to hope, and poured love into him with abandon.  They willed him to believe that he was precious. To believe that though he lost everything that he had known in but a moment as he watched his provider turn his back and walk out of the yard, that he could trust again.  They showed him that they love him as their own, that he has a place, and that place is here, they showed him that life is beautiful, the life of knowing love.  This darling little boy who had us on our knees in prayer, had us laying awake at night worrying over his little sickly body and saddened soul, this little boy who refused all food but popcorn, this little boy who used all of the little strength he had to seal his mouth shut from the syringe fulls of pedialyte that his dehydrated body craved… this darling little boy has been transformed before us. 

A miracle of His Father’s love and a healing from above.         


This little boys lights up the world when he smiles, which he does anytime we call his name, anytime he sees a friend, anytime he feels a raindrop fall, anytime he receives a kiss. 

This little boy has a fire that glows from his eyes… a fire that has been rekindled deep within his heart. 

This little boys has no doubts about where he belongs, or who he belongs to. 

This little boy brings delight to our lives with every laugh, every giggle, every tease tap and run away. 

This little boy has 10 big brothers who spoil him at every moment. 

This little boy has HOPE and with that revelation in his life, we can be encouraged in the hope that we know because of the truth in which it is founded.

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And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5 (NIV)

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Kelly D < :) wrote:
God's love is mighty and deep!!! And I am so glad I can join you and the Nannys and the rest of the GLA staff in sharing it with all the precious Angels!!!! Much love and many prayers! Loving God, Loving Haiti, Loving GLA! XOXOXOX

Fri, September 7, 2012 @ 11:00 PM

2. Kristie wrote:
Thank you so much for the update on Gethro. He has been embedded in our hearts ever since we saw the first post about him after he arrived. We were compelled to pray for him even before you posted about his struggles. I ached for this little boy and am so glad to see these beautiful pictures of him smiling. We now are one of Gethro's sponsors and are waiting on one final piece of our dossier to come so we can send it to the Colorado office and adopt a son from GLA. Thank you so much for all you do for all of these beautiful children.

Fri, September 7, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

3. Rori wrote:
I see one amazingly special "big brother" holding a sleeping little guy! My heart melts ... Adorable!

Sat, September 8, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

4. Tara wrote:
Oh Molly, you are such a beautiful person in so many ways! Thank you for sharing this story and opening your heart. So many children have been blessed to have you in their lives at one point or another, I know I am...

Sat, September 8, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

5. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Wow once again Molly, you and all the wonderful Toddler House staff have loved another little sweetheart back to loving life you are such a blessing to so many. Continuing to keep you in my prayers,

Mon, September 10, 2012 @ 9:28 PM

6. anne souville wrote:
weeping tears of joy as I look again and again at Gethro smiling hold on Gethro, you'll find your family, surely you'll be other times facing difficulties, but keep the strengh youget, the strengh Molly and all the staff know how to care and learn you to make living again with all my love, for you Molly i just see one minutes as I came in GLA nearly 4 years ago to met my "own" smile : Manuella, aged just over one year at this time, for all the staff and for all the kids all my love and "reconnaissance" as we say infrench (dont get the good word, scuse me!) Anne

Mon, October 15, 2012 @ 3:51 PM

7. Hope wrote:
Tears of joy fill me eyes!! What a transformation from the little boy I met back in June!! The strength of love and prayer is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri, September 14, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

8. Amy Davis wrote:
What a truly remarkable story. Looking at these pictures of this sweet boy makes me cry tears of joy. what a blessing you are for serving these sweet children. I have 3 boys of my own (6, almost 5 . almost 3, and have been married for 7.5 years. I have the past few days felt compelled to look into adopting in Haiti, which is what has brought me to your website. I don't know if we meet requirements bc of length of marriage, don't have an agency I am in the very beginning stages of thinking and praying. I can say that my eyes have been opened in the past 24 hours reading story after story of little boys like this. God Bless you and all you do. I will pray for these sweet children.

Mon, September 17, 2012 @ 9:35 PM

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