After too long a silence its time to let you know Toddler House and all its little ones are still here and as bustling with life as ever!
The last case of Chicken Pox we had was in mid February. There are still 19 kids of the 74 that have not had any symptoms. But since its been four weeks not since our last child was contagious and everyone has been WELL exposed those 19 must have had the pox when they were younger before they ever came to GLA. We are thankful that it went fairly smoothly out of six weeks and 53 cases only a handful were severe, most were mild and short lived. These kids are TOUGH cookies! They handled it better than any children from the developed world that I have known to go through it.
Four of our Toddler House kids are close to the end of their adoptions and ready to head home. Its all the buzz at the house and has been for the last few weeks. These four individual have all been with us since just shortly after the earthquake and been such a part of the house. They have known every child that has come in since the Toddler House “regrew” after all our kids left on humanitarian parole visa’s after the quake. They have adapted to changes, excelled in their education as Joyce and the Elange have had to get materials and adapt to teach higher and higher grade levels to challenge them. They have made space in their room and in their hearts for each child as they come in and join us. They have showed them the ropes, and helped them adjust. They have grown to imitate their adult caregivers and role models and have become helpers. They have changed our lives forever. And as we cheer them on, and watch them anxiously face their fears of this scary unknown time ahead, we wipe our tears in secret as we feel parts of our hearts peeled away and preparing to go with them. Though I wish to respect their privacy, as you think of it please lift up our four angels as they go from excited to afraid and back to excited again in the days ahead, and for the friends who are their “brothers and sisters” that they leave behind who wish them well and one day hope to follow in their footsteps.
“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.”
Psalm 40:5 NKJV
Posted on Fri, March 15, 2013