Friday, December 25, 2015

Haven Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I'm here in Zambia for Christmas this year, and so I've tried to make these days leading up to Christmas extra fun and special. We cut snowflakes, we made paper chains, we practiced Jingle Bells until we're all humming it all the time. So much anticipation for today! 
Jose
Mercy
Helen
Patu
Risa
Reuby
The big day, our Christmas, finally arrived! They could barely be contained as they saw a pile of gifts with their names written on them. Jason and Kathi had picked out the gifts on a recent trip to Lusaka, and Cintia lovingly wrapped them to add to the curiosity and mystery! One by one they opened their gifts, celebrating with each other as we went along. It was such a great time. 

John
Dwini
Jonah
Jose
Reuby
Watupa (This is the face I got whenever I tried to help him get that paper off!)
Patu
Priscilla
Sesa Bean
Binny
Kenty
Flavia
Maureen
Memo
Helen
Flo
Edith
Mercy

A hula-hoop for all, and to all a good night

I've been thinking so much about Christ's birth, about how he entered this world solely to redeem us. I still can't fathom that at his birth, he was Lord and was our savior. It further blows my mind that he did that not only for those living in his time, or for us who live now and currently need that salvation, but for everyone who is still to come. I especially love thinking about how he knows each of our babies by name, by heart, and he knows how they'll sin and struggle one day. And that tiny baby Jesus coming took care of them, too. 

It has been so fun to see our babes marvel at the gifts and fun this season brings. At this point in their lives, they can't really comprehend the greater gift this season means in their lives-- a savior born just for them. Our prayer is that they'll grow to learn and understand that incredible gift he's given to each of us. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours! We love you guys! 


Sunday, September 6, 2015

D is for Departures


Sometimes I realize I don't always keep you all up to date when our babes are able to rejoin their families and move home! It is such an exciting, joyful, yet bittersweet time for us here. We love these babes like they are our own, so their departures are a very real loss. But it's also the goal of the haven, to love and care for these kids during their time of need, and no longer than that. So it's also such a time of rejoicing that they are able to go with people that love them and want to care for them. Here are the ones who've gone home this last year. 

Oswell
Kelvin
Chipo and Lushomo
Chabonwa
Mercy 
Vera
Joel
Katie
Fellow
Wendy
Chilala
Rodwell
Oscar
Boyd
Gilimo
Lushomo
Candace
Deacon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

C is for Container

The container from Colorado arrived a couple of months ago, and it was so exciting for all of us! So many people I love sent their love in the form of toys for our babies, formula, learning games, and special treats for me, even! Thank you so much to all of you who had anything to do with this huge outpouring of love. We're especially grateful to Benita Thomas and our friends at Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs who spend the whole year gathering, organizing, and packing these things. and to all our friends at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, who did a huge toy drive to give our kids the sweetest gifts!

Offloading the shipping container


It was just like Christmas opening up all the boxes! 
Here are a few pictures of the kids enjoying some of their new things!
We have used this mat endlessly to work on letter recognition! 

Mary
New prams and baby dolls! 
New wagons that help cart the non walkers to and from class!
Emmanuel
Suzy
Jose
Owee