The last couple of days have been so glorious. The warmer weather has been such a blessing compared to the overcast days we have had. I am so ready for summer I cannot even tell you. Something about being in the sun just makes me feel a whole lot better.
The caretakers know me now. On any slightly warmer days we go outside, just me and my babes. It’s quite an ordeal to get the two bundled up for the oh so chilly seventy degree days.
I just laugh about it now–there is nothing I can do to change it. This is the way they wrap kids up here, whether I like it or not. Even on the street I see the kids dressed for sub-zero temps. It’s just life in this part of the world. I remember China being exactly the same.
The good news is that even though Hailee can hardly move–she IS being dressed in more girly colors. Blue and green still make an occasional appearance, but nothing like the first ten days.
I did chuckle because today I saw such a sweet little pink hat lying on the table, so I put it on Hailee. As we were walking out the door to head outside, an older caretaker came and pointed to the back of the hat. I could tell that the dear was not happy. Huh? I had no idea what she was showing me. Until I looked and saw that the hat was made in such a way that the back part did not fully close all the way. There was a half an inch gap that exposed Hailee’s head. Oh my goodness, that hat got taken off faster than I could say a word, and replaced with a much more suitable hat for a seventy degree day….no holes in sight. Lord have mercy.
At least it’s cute and purply.
We have such a sweet time together. Harper loves the stroller. Hailee is getting better with it.
They have these very cool carriage-type strollers here. I have never seen them anywhere else I have lived. Some of them are even made to look old fashioned with the large antique looking wheels. It works perfectly as a twin stroller. I have seen them line up three kids in these things for walks. No seatbelts, but I guess they figure if you don’t need ’em in the car, you don’t need ’em in these either.
Kind of nice because the girls get to see each other as we roll along.
And play with each other’s feet.
We wander up and down this quiet country road. The orphanage fence is brightly colored. We bump along quietly and I tell them all about what life is about to look like for them in just a few weeks.
Yes, life is certainly about to change for these two sweethearts. And it could not come one day too soon for their mother.
I have had a sweet victory at the orphanage. They have been very unsure about me there. They couldn’t understand why I would want to adopt these two children. They probably didn’t trust me very much in light of the recent tragedy in the adoption community. Who can blame them? It is all over the news here. Each and every day I would walk in and get asked some kind of question…Was I sure about this? Why was I adopting two children? Was I going to change my mind? I would get the cold shoulder every day. I knew they were not liking me too much.
But things have changed. Today my facilitator was with the chief doctor and the director of the orphanage. She came to me with a smile on her face. “They love you now,” she said. Seriously?
Yep, it seems that things have turned a corner. They are seeing with their own eyes that these two children are loved and treasured more than words can say.
They’re seeing the love of Jesus in action–and they don’t even know it.
Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
St Francis of Assisi
The days are rolling along quite nicely. I am doing fine. Missing my family, but hanging in. I have come to the conclusion that time alone is completely overrated. It is totally something that I do not need in my life. My own company is totally boring. I’ll take my loud, crazy, busy life at home any day.
How blessed I am with these who He has blessed me with.