Last week Caroline and I returned to Casa Hogar Douglas for a few days to care for our boys once again. Thursday morning as we were just starting our day, one of the other workers came to inform us that today was Jose’s graduation. In Mexico graduating from Kinder is a big deal. So we got Jose dressed in his graduation outfit which consisted of white dress pants, dress shoes, a white dress shirt and the icing on the cake was a navy blue silk cumber bun and bow tie. Then it was time for graduation, and I got to go as Jose’s parent representative! It was totally the Lord’s timing because just enough kids had gone home to calm things down enough to allow Caroline to stay alone and not go crazy. Because we had very little warning I had to go in a t-shirt and basketball shorts, needless to say I was a little underdressed, but no one really seemed to care. As he sat there on my lap and as we took pictures together I wondered what all the other parents thought. Who did they think I was? I’m certainly not his mom, do they all know he’s the orphan and that I’m just someone who takes care of him? Do they think less of him because of that? Do they pity him? These are the questions that ran through my mind throughout the 2 hour ceremony. But still I was so so excited to get to be there for him even as my heart broke as I watched all the other kids with their moms, dads, and grandparents. He deserves to have all of those people in his life giving him love and attention and as much as I want to, I can't be that. All I can do is love him with a love that comes not from myself but from the Lord and rest in the truth that God is big enough to heal the rest. I am honored that the Lord is choosing to use me to express his love for these children in so many ways, even at a kindergarten graduation :)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So I realize I haven't updated in quite awhile and my last post seemed a little dire, but things are definitely looking up since then. We had a little bit more rain but nothing too intense. Monterrey was supposed to be hit by tropical storm #2 named Bonnie but thankfully at the last minute she changed her path and we are experiencing sunshiney weather once again. We have groups again here this week even though the property isn't quite back to normal. We still have kind of a river of water that runs through the center of our property making most of it impossible to drive on, however, we're making due and things are starting to dry out everywhere else which is great. So that's a little update on general happenings around the property. Also, on another note, I am feeling great once again! Thank you so so much for all of your prayers and support!
Oh and here is a little picture of one of our 3 year olds in all his glory just to go along with the much happier mood of this post... I love this child.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I really don't even know how to write about everything right now, so here is all I can say.
Please pray for the people of this city. I don't know if you really heard but we got hit with a pretty big hurricane that has pretty much destroyed our property flooded the city and wiped away hundreds of homes of the people we serve. And to top it off I was stuck in bed with a over a 102 degree fever for 2 days. But i don't have a fever today so things are looking up. But we could really use prayer, prayer that no more people get sick, the water is filled with disease, prayers that our staff team has energy to keep rebuilding and to bring relief to our ministry areas.
I'll try and update more thoroughly soon!