Wow, is it really almost February?
2017 was definitely one of the most crazy years of my life, in part due to the addition of these eight girls to our home. Ester, Reyna, Dinora, Celia, Angie, Lilian, and Yareli(kneeling) have become a huge part of my life. We have had our spats and they have had their attitudes, but they have found a place in my heart. Their daily help in the house and with the kids is indispensable. Being eleven to thirteen years old has it’s own challenges, but these girls have more than that against them. Some have never had a visit in more than five years.
Angie moved up with the teen girls last week. Even though I do see her at church, I still miss having her here. In 2017 I only took on two new kids, Yareli(11) and her little brother, Douglas(1). My new helper, Suyapa, also has a little boy, which makes it ten boys, and thirteen girls. We might be getting another eleven-year-old girl this week. That would bring us to twenty-four in all.
It is almost impossible to give each child the individual attention they need. This can cause them to be more emotional and rebellious, especially the older girls, which in turn makes me more stressed and short tempered. They need more people that can spend time with them individually on a regular basis.
This year also took me to Tegucigalpa, the capital, with Arelsy, who had burned herself pretty badly playing with matches. We were there in the burn unit at the hospital for a month. After we were discharged, we had appointments for another two weeks. After that we had to wait a few more days for the rioting over the election calmed down. It was just a couple of days before Christmas that we made it home.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was looking for someone to watch the kids so I could go to the graduation. Well, I did finally find someone, but I still didn’t get to go to because we were still at the hospital.
My helper, Jacky(16), was finally able to take a few weeks off after I got back from the hospital. She has been helping me for the past two years with only a few evenings off a week.
We are waiting for the arrival of the couple that will be helping out with the older boys, and school should start in a couple of weeks. Other than that, we are just hanging on for the ride of whatever God brings our way in 2018, praying that we will be faithful in our service to him.
Please pray for us this year, especially that God would provide us with the servants that He has been preparing.
Thank you for your prayers and support through the years.
Out for a walk
Visiting Hermana Lola
We took the kids to visit Hermana Lola, an elderly lady in the village.
Douglas and me
me with the girls
Yareli and Gledis
The whole group
Top-left, Me with Douglas, top-right me with the older girls, middle-right Gledis with Yareli, bottom all of the kids before Douglas and Yareli
The left is the Christmas photo, and the right is my Sunday school class.
Arelsy and Miguel
Arelsy is doing great. Here she is with her brother, Miguel, on his birthday.