New faces

Well, I've been back for about 1.5 wks now, resting, catching up, and trying to settle back in. Meghann, the nurse covering for me while I was gone, did a wonderful job, so there wasn't much to have to clean up, but there's always figuring out the new kids and where each kid is versus where they need to be and how to get them there game that I play. So after lots of thought, and prayer, and plotting.....most of my plans will go into action tomorrow and we should all be back on track (or a new one) asap.

A few prayer points before my next newsletter:
  • This Wednesday is election day....time for a new (or re-elected) president of the country. Prayers that a good leader is chosen, that the election will not be surrounded by riots, fights, or corruption; that they will be fair and that the transition (if there is one) will be smooth!

  • Arsenia (who we recently found out by a visiting dentist is actually 12 yrs old and still in the BH) is going in for surgery (under anesthesia) to have several rotted permanent teeth removed. Pray this is successful, she does well with the anesthesia, and does not develop any infections in the process.

  • Our medical team here at Zimpeto is growing. This is amazing and it gives us the opportunity to really expand our ministry in this area. Pray with us on how our resources and woman power could best be used at the present, as well as each of the new opportunities that we each will have to increase our own personal skills and abilities. Pray for wisdom and discernment during this process.

Opportunity to bless our children: Christmas is just around the corner and it's coming 2 wks earlier for us this year (not because we're in a weird time-warp, or in the southern hemisphere, or simply can't count, but because our staff will be too low on the actual day, so we're celebrating early). In the Baby House we are pretty much set with toys this year (thanks to a recent generous donation by one of our visiting teams), but our need is in clothes and a new baby swimming pool (for the 120+ degree days without air-conditioning). The director said that she's looking at spending about $8/child and we have 42 children at the present. The swimming pool will cost us around $50. Please email me asap if you are interested in donating or sponsoring a child for Christmas so I can tell you how to do this!

Most importantly.....meet our 5 new tots that arrived while I was gone (2 in the Bercario and 3 in the BH)! They are adorable. I'm getting to know them, each of their needs, and forming game plans to get them healthy!
Wesley is 6 months and....healthy?!?

Agostinho is 14 months and is starting to take his first steps.

Mai is 3.
Alfiado is 15 months and learning to pull up and stand for a few seconds on his own. He's malnourished, but getting stronger daily.

Neto is 2ish and still very quiet.

And just a few other (familiar) faces that we've all missed for almost 2 months......how can anyone NOT love these precious faces??!!!?? The newness (and the fact that they are toddlers and have the short-term memory of a well.....it's nonexistent) of me being back has NOT worn off and I'm still bombarded every time I enter with lots of hugs and kisses and screams and shouting of my name. I'm not complaining. Just stating it makes it hard to work! One individual (ahem: Dionisio) is still adjusting to the fact that I left him.....coping isn't part of his vocabulary and his daily toddler tantrums are in full swing lately.

Dino being very cheeky! All through church Sunday he sat making "caras de peixe" at me and giggling furousisly. Why? cause i make fish faces at them all the time and they think it's hysterical...what's better is that they can't do it back, but try...it looks like they are kissing. Dino has been practicing since i've been away and he's got it down!

Twins Catia (left) & Edsan (right) looking alot more healthy and well nourished after 3 months in the BH.

Lucia's walking well now and as always, full of personality @ 18 months

Latifo is now WALKING (at almost 3 yrs)! Look how big he is & how far he's come since March & 4.5 kg!

Chelsia is walking really well now....working on fixing her Vitiman D deficiency, but looking good!

most of the oldest room in the BH-goofing off!

I did NOT do anything to provoke him....this is simply cause i'm standing in the room and he wants to be in my arms. We're working through it.

kinda. with lots of tears.


a said...

Heavenly day. That is the best sad face ever! Pick him up, please! For me. Just once. A teensy bit of spoilage.

erin said...

don't worry....i still spoil him a bit and hug and snuggle and give kisses DAILY. He just can't be in my arms or out of the bercario playing with me or throwing huge toddler fits 24-7. and believe me...i'm usually great at ignoring temper tantrums...but he's on another level at the moment and it's beyond obnoxious. however, i do recognize and acknowledge WHY he feels that way....poor little stinker. and it IS the best sad face ever!!! Thanks A. Why don't you come and snuggle him??!??