Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
We had visitation today with the kid's moms. Everyone showed up except for Katty, Fernando, Monica, and Doris's family. Katty and Monica seemed fairly unfazed by the fact that their mom was a no show but Doris spent the entire ride home muttering "momma...mommy...momma." Fernando spent the ride quiet and pensive on Mike's lap. He is by far the one most affected by watching everyone else's family show up. He spends every month counting down the days until he gets to see his mother so when she doesn't show it is rough for him. It is always a hard day. Personally I hate visitation day. I hate watching the kids get so hurt by these people that pop in and out of their lives from time to time. Please pray for each of our kiddos tonight as they pillow their heads. No matter if their moms were there or not they surely will be sorting through the emotions of the day.
A couple of months ago each of the kids got a "closet." We found a local guy who makes bunk beds with cabinets attached to the end. Not only does it help us organize clothes, toys, and such but it also gives the kids a sense of ownership. The closets lock so they are able to stow their dress clothes and personal items inside. The kids LOVE them.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Today we got two new kids. Jose is 7 and Anita is 8. They are a brother/sister pair. They have been living at an all boys orphanage for the past 2 1/2 years. So poor Anita has been the only girl amongst 80 boys in the home. She has been sharing a room with one of the Tias this entire time. It will be good to get her around some girls for once! Not to mention ...their father is the "stepdad" to Katty, Monica, Doris, and Fernando. So at least they are now all together as a "family." Please be praying for these new kiddos as they attempt to adjust to a new place, new rules, new kiddos, and just a new life.
Today is one of our worker's (Nadia) birthdays. In order to celebrate we ordered cake and sang to her. It seems like all of our workers have birthdays in the first couple months of the year so we have been eating cake a lot lately...but hey we aren't complaining! :)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'm back again begging for prayers on the behalf of these boys. You met them long ago when I first came to Casa. They were the first 5 children ever to enter Casa de Esperanza and they were quickly dubbed "the 5 brothers." You watched them grow and change in the pictures on my blog. Then this past May you read my anguish as the courts ordered the boys be given back to their mother and father who had just gotten out of jail after serving 2 years for murder.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monica is hilarious to watch using the skates. The girl often struggles to walk without falling...put her on wheels and it is even worse! Rosita decided to "help her skate" the other day. She thought she could hold her up and teach her how to skate.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
First Grade: Daniela, Monica, SiSi, Fernando
Second Grade: Jackson and Cindy
Third Grade: Fitto
Monday, February 16, 2009
Jen, Gina, and me
Jared, Carlos, David
This past Wednesday Honduras played Costa Rica in a huge futbol (soccer) game. I have never really watched or followed soccer before. It was one of the few sports that I had never really learned to play and therefore never really got too involved in it. Not to mention that as a whole we North Americans really don't give soccer the appreciation it deserves. Since moving to Honduras I've learned to be a huge fan of soccer...mainly Honduras soccer. I bought the jersey, watch their schedule, and heck I'm even learning a few soccer rules so that I actually know what is going on and can talk the part of a true fan.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I have now spent 2 Valentines Days in this country. (Honduras) Both years I’ve been shocked and amazed to find that V-Day is almost bigger here than it is in the states. Every restaurant, store, and road seems plastered with decorations meant to make you in the Valentine’s Day mood. However, the difference between here and there is that here it is called the Day of love AND friendship. Makes all the single people out there less inclined to hide in bed when February 14th comes around. Reminds us that love isn’t limited to relationships between a man and a women. I know people think adding friendship is just a way to sell more cards and make those who would rather skip the day more apt to celebrate it. However, I’m growing to appreciate the “and friendship” part more every time I think about it.
I’ve been guilty of being one of the loudest boycotters out there against this “hallmark” holiday. There was a day when I may have picked up a sign and joined a group protesting the “stupid” holiday outside a flower shop. (ok so probably not but I would have been chanting with them in my heart/mind) For whatever reason through the years the desire to fight has left me and the arguments that used to ring so true seem pointless now. Why is it we have such a problem with having a day to celebrate love? We V day boycotters used to complain that it was a Hallmark holiday invented solely to sell cards. We couldn’t seem to figure out why there should be a day set aside for love. Shouldn’t we be loving and expressing that love every day of the year? In the past 48 hours I’ve sat pondering all of that once again.
It has hit me though that isn’t the point of any holiday to simply have one day in which we recognize that which we celebrate (or should be celebrating) every other day of our lives? Think about it….Christmas comes but once a year. It is a day to celebrate Christ’s birth. Just because we recognize and celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean that we don’t have to appreciate the precious gift of His birth any other day of the year. Thanksgiving Day by no means limits us to only being thankful for the blessings of life on that one day in late November. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day doesn’t mean that we spoil our parents on “their” day and treat them like crap the rest of the year. Each holiday is simply a reminder of the love, appreciation, and celebration that should be happening EVERY day.
I have looked up and researched the origin for why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. What was it that triggered its birth in the first place and what made it significant enough to be added to every calendar you buy? The results to my search could have kept me reading for days. I could fill you in on just about every detail of what makes February 14th what it is today. However, as I mentioned in my last blog… 1. this blog is plenty long enough already and 2. if you were capable of getting to this blog I’m confident that you can also handle a google search. (with the exception of maybe Bonnie! he he) I will leave you with this…. my research proved to me that there are plenty other reasons for this holiday than the cliché “hallmark wanted to make more money” argument. Does this mean I’ve climbed down off the fence and been converted to stand fighting beside those of you that love this holiday….no. I simply still sit wondering why it is we ever built this fence in the first place. What have those on the “love valentine’s day and anything to do with it” side of the fence done to invoke such a riot from those on the “not so fond of the holiday” side? Surely it is more than just an I have or don’t have a boyfriend, husband, reason to celebrate love issue. So what is it that fuels this war? So I would say I have at best become sympathetic to both sides but am choosing to simply celebrate the same way I celebrate every day I’m given to love those around me.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Jen and David went out the other day with no intentions of even entering a pet store. Yet when they returned home they had the cutest little cocker spaniel puppy in tow. His name is Toby and he truly is absolutely adorable. The kids LOVE him. They dote all over him. They are constantly coming up to us to say that "Toby isn't feeling well" or "Toby just peed on the floor" or "Toby .....(fill in the blank)" I love watching the boys take care of him. So far they've done a great job of cleaning up after him and making sure he has food/water.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
This little one will be turning 5 this year. She has been living at Casa for 2 1/2 years now. When she first got here she couldn't walk because she had been left in a crib and her muscles had atrophied. She was a mean child. She didn't want to be touched and the only time she touched others was to pinch, bite, or hit them. You couldn't even attempt to get close to her.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I was reminded yesterday of how much I HATE play-doh. The kids decided they wanted to drag out all the play doh they own and attempt to sculpt things. They spent hours making flowers, food, and other random creations. I'm just thankful that Dilma (one of our workers) took on the task of "helping" (aka: watching them) them with it. Even with her supervision we ended up with play-doh ground into the carpet. They had play-doh in their hair, on their clothes, and ALL over the playroom. Katty even managed to get it in her ear. I shudder just thinking of having to the gooey stuff.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So lately there has been a facebook "note" being circulated. One of your friends will type up 25 random facts about themselves and then tag you in the note. After reading about things you may or may not have known about that person you are supposed to type up a list of your own and tag more friends. I have been holding out...refusing to take the time to tell people about myself. Well today after about the 15th person tagged me in their note I finally broke down and did it....I just wanted to publish it here for all of you to read as well. I figured for those of you who don't know me very well this will help you get to know me. For those who know me well...this will probably have you laughing or nodding as you agree with what I've written. Hope you enjoy.
1. I hate feet and am terrified of birds
2. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love watching the leaves change, the weather, the smell of burning leaves, and of course a new football season.
3. I love the feel of a brand new pair of socks and old worn in jeans
4. I ask stupid questions. I don’t do it on purpose or in an attempt to annoy people …I just ask things as they come to mind…usually without really thinking it through. I’m random and crazy. My mind is a scary place to live!
5. The sound of rain on a tin roof is one of my favorite sounds in the world
6. I love movies and am becoming a t.v. junkie….my celebrity friends think I’m cool
7. My feet are always cold so I am constantly burrowing them underneath something…or someone
8. I love reading. I find it easy to get lost in a good book. I am now obsessed with the Twilight series
9. I love playing games….settlers, rook, etc….doesn’t matter what the game is I’m always in!
10. I recently learned what a swinger was. Yes I know…shocking isn’t it?!?
11. I once ate doughnuts out of a dumpster. Don’t act like you wouldn’t do it…Krispy Kreme throws away all of their leftover doughnuts at the end of the day. It would be a shame to let them go to waste!
12. I love warm drinks…tea, hot coco, coffee, chai, etc. They are my comfort food.
13. I’m a small town girl…and I love it. My girlfriends and I once had a “notebook night” and literally lay down in the middle of the street and watched the stoplight change colors.
14. I love doing laundry and dishes
15. Unlike so many from our area …I LOVE MoCo. The perfect summer could only be described when talking about MoCo….. spending my days muddin in the jeep, going to dinner and a movie with the boys, swinging on the swings, watching dance dance revolution, (better known as So You Think You Can Dance) going to the Blue Bell, the festival/fireworks, etc.
16. I am the worlds worst speller
17. I’m obsessed with football …especially Buckeye football. I’ve spent ridiculous amounts of money meeting the players/staff, decorating my room, and buying Ohio State merchandise.
18. I once played volleyball against Jim Tressel’s daughter….and won.
19. I love peanut butter…reduced fat Jif to be exact. I can eat it on anything. I love bologna/peanut butter sandwiches, carrots, apples, celery, crackers, pretzels, oreos etc. dipped in peanut butter, peanut butter in my ice cream, and so much more.
20. Few things are better than Sunday afternoon naps
21. I love the smell of baby powder, Vicks vapor rub, gasoline, burning leaves, vanilla, Old Spice red zone aqua reef deodorant, fertilizer as it is spread over a field, freshly mowed grass, and baby lotion.
22. God blessed me with the most amazing best friend the world has to offer.
23. I don’t…and really have never used deodorant.
24. I love watching movies with the subtitles turned on.
25. I’m in love with this place called Honduras. Some of my happiest moments and closest friends came after I moved here. I want to become fluent in Spanish and I want to adopt a little brown baby some day.