Monday, March 18, 2013

Milestone Monday

We've had a few Mondays without recorded milestones! So sorry. My parents arrive tomorrow, so you may not be hearing much from me for a couple of weeks as I soak up every bit of them I can!

All is well though. The babes are thriving and growing and we're so proud of them.

Joy is standing alone and has taken A step (at least that's all any of us have seen-- maybe she's taking more in secret, which would be totally like her). I got some pics of her standing, but they were all a bit blurry. So this one is a bit assisted, but you get the idea.

Kent is walking only now. He's been able to for awhile, but now when he wants to go anywhere, he will not settle for anything other than walking. He's the sweetest.

These two snit snorts, Chilala and Jeremy, are both rolling over like crazy. This picture shows what happens almost the instant you put them down for tummy time. Roll, roll, roll.

Princess is taking steps. She'll be walking any day now. She's chillin' at Haven 2 most afternoons, getting the lay of the land for when she decides to actually walk.

Angel is standing alone, too. No steps. Someday soon, I'm sure.

Maya's walking better than Marissa now, though she started a couple weeks later! She's fast and so much fun.

Joel's legs are both in braces now. The idea is to keep his legs straight to promote walking. He has had the braces on for about 8 hours now and shown absolutely no reaction whatsoever. The others are quite interested in them, though.

Jonathan never stops moving. It's like we play a constant game of hide and seek with him. He shows up in the funniest places, just scooting around on his belly. He loves to be on the go.

Petra is pushing up now, which is a long way from a month ago when she couldn't hold her neck very well. She gets prettier every day, too.

Have a great week everybody! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Joel Never Ceases to Amaze Us

2 disclaimers before I post these videos:

1. As always, please try and ignore my voice. Why is it that the sound of your own voice is so annoying?
2. These accomplishments may seem small, but Joel is a boy with cerebral palsy whom we feared would never do a lot of things he's doing now. So every new thing he does is cause for great celebration around here. So join with us in thinking these accomplishments are the major victories that they are!

I do language class every day with the kids. During one part of class, I teach all the body parts, we sing lots of songs about them, and then I ask each child his own question for the chance of getting a little treat. Some of our kids are super advanced :), so they're getting questions like "Where is your armpit?" But most of them are still on the basics, and we have quite a few that still stare blankly at me as I ask them to point to a particular body part! I always still ask them because I know one day it will all click. A few days ago, I asked Joel (who never speaks and never responds to questions) where his eyes were for the 30th time ever, not expecting any response but wanting him to still be included. Out of nowhere, he put his hand up next to his temple. The aunties and I all just started screaming, not sure if we'd imagined it or not. So I asked again, and he did it again! And now this is the third day in a row he's done it. It's quite miraculous. 

We also have a special book called "Peek-a-who" that we read, and I ask each baby, "Where is (fill in the name of a child)?" and they get to yell, "Peek-a-boo!" So again, I ask Joel when it's his turn, as I always do, but this time he puts his little hands up right over his eyes! And then again and again, he plays peek a boo!

To top it all off, for the first time ever, today he responded to the question, "How big is Joel?" with both his arms out to his sides! When I finally got my phone out, he was kind of over it and only gave me one arm, but you get the point.

God is moving mountains in the mind and body of this little boy. I'm so grateful I get a front row seat to watch Him work. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Sorry, the video from yesterday was still private! Here it is again if you couldn't open it.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kings and Queens

A sweet friend sent me Audio Adrenaline's song "Kings and Queens" last week, and every word was beautiful to me. As I listened to it, I couldn't help but think of all of you who help us love the least of these.

Thank you for the ways you all have loved, prayed for, and supported me and the children we're privileged to look after until they can be reunited with families. You send encouraging e-mails, you send money, you send supplies, and you cover us all in prayer. You have helped our babies become kings and queens, loved and wrapped in his majesty, and we are grateful for you.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 2

After meeting with a doctor today, we have been sent back home to wait another month to review him again. In a nutshell, the neurosurgeon was too overloaded to see him and felt like we will be safe to keep monitoring him from home until he can review him in four weeks. They feel like right now he is stable and compensating well, meaning the excess fluid must be draining elsewhere without a shunt at this point. We are halfway home now and will make the rest of the journey tomorrow morning. He's been oohed and ahhed over by all who've met him like he deserves!

Thanks for your prayers, and please keep praying that the fluid doesn't build up anymore and cause damage before we go back next month to decide the next course of action. Have a great day!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 1

We made it to Lusaka, and Raymond is admitted at Cure Hospital. We will meet with the surgeon at 8 a.m. and decide on the next step after that. Thanks for your prayers!