With seven kids... seven voices screaming... seven little people potentially in the middle of a meltdown... it's easy for a voice to get lost. It's easy for me to put my head down and just try to make it through the day. Correcting behavior here... scolding there... and never really sitting down to connect. But here's the catch... if I stay in that mode correcting, critiquing, scolding... and never connecting nothing will ever change.
It's the model God has shown us... he's not about behavior... he's about the heart. He wants a relationship with us, and through that deeply connected relationship the behavior follows.
So we've been looking for bridges to connect. Kids who have been abandoned and grown up in a children's home tend to have their hearts locked behind some pretty thick walls. Trusting is too hard and too scary because this person might let you down just like so many before. Therefore our bridges have to be creative... Connect Four, Trouble, 500 piece puzzles and even a WWF wrestling game have been some of the best bridges we've found so far :)
Slowly but surely we're connecting... slowly but surely they are letting me in and I can't wait to see where God takes us from here.