Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We are full up!!!!

We are full with 10 children right now, though in an emergency we will find room. This is 5 in the last 2 weeks. We have been blessed with 2 sisters who are with us for at least 3 months. They are victims of physical abuse and it is hard to believe that someone can beat a 2 and a 4 year old hard enough to leave bruises on both and a swollen kidney in a 2 yr old.

We have been here at home for a while and the summer is keeping us inside for most of the day. We are going to Mexicali tomorrow for our Psychologist appt. and that will be exciting with 10 little girls, 5 of them under 6 yrs old. Luckily for us Marty at Mirror Image takes good care of us and keeps our van detailed to make the trip bearable. When you are here he is the guy for cleaning your vehicle.

We had 2 different groups of volunteers from Canada who came and did things to help that we have not been able to do and it made an incredible difference around here. We were able to finish many projects, like the chicken coop, and the group from Chiliwack even painted our house on the outside. An incredible blessing, we are ready for a couple more years. All of the volunteers that have and do come to help us here make all the difference in the world for us. We couldn’t do this work without everyone’s help and support.
We are looking forward to everyone returning when the weather changes. We have talked with DIF and we are going to be able to have some of you that have asked to be certified to stay with the kids at night to give us a chance to have a little time off. This is only available to residents with homes here, but it is possible if you want to help. Please let me know if you are interested and I can get some info to you. Also, please check out our needs list on the website. We will be changing things to allow for the new girls.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We Have 3 More!!!!

We have been blessed with 3 more girls today. They are sisters from Mexicali and are 5, 8 and 11 years old. They are good girls and as usual, the youngest is the most vocal and outgoing. Luckily for us its summer and we will have a chance to get everyone together, get our routines established and have everyone on the same page. We are very happy to have these girls here and it will make up for some of the losses we have had with some of the temporary girls leaving. Yamilet came to us at 3 months old, very thin and very sick. With the help and advice of Dr. Dara we helped her recover her health and almost double in weight before she went to live with her Aunt just before she turned 7 months old. It was a very sad day for us to see her go, but in the big picture it was best for her. Like it says in the Bible, some of us plant seeds, some tend and water and some receive the fruit. We are glad to be able to do our part with your help.
With our donation of a freezer from Mark L. we have been able to make large quantities of chili, spaghetti sauce, quiche, pies and lasagna to help keep our food costs down. We were really blessed by George W. with a new high quality pressure cooker so we are now planning on canning foods as we can buy them in bulk. I know Audrey has donated jams and jellies she has canned and if she or someone who knows how to can would like to help teach us, we are looking to get started.
The more we can make our money stretch the more effective we can be helping these girls, and none of this would be possible without everybody’s help. Thank you all and God Bless.