Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Today it was the older Boys turn to come for a visit to town... We had already set president, so the day began with a trip to the Bazaar... They all got their 200 som and were of on a shopping spree.... anything they wanted... just not over the 200 som... we have been rather strict about this or it could get out of hand. it is so tempting to give them that little extra to get them that special something, but we have refrained... Well today the wheels fell off. The group I had , there were two of the brothers from the house we are helping set up for the family of 5... Torat the oldest and Beksoltan the younger, kept looking at things, but would not buy anything... you could see the excitement peek, then slowly dissipate from the faces as they found something of interest.... I watched , and the items that they declined were in some cases only 20 or 30 som.. then after about 45 min, we worked our way through the market to were the food was... and there eyes lit up... not for candy... not for cookies, not even for chips, pop, cakes, fruits, .....but for clear plastic bags of bulk pasta...rice...flour...and a real treat....1/2 litre of cooking oil...this is what they wanted to spend there windfall on.....
Have you ever noticed that just before you are going to cry, the middle of your nose starts to hurt..... maybe I am just starting to get raw to this.... Why can't a kid be a kid... Why even when we get them away from life's troubles, can't they just experience something fun and exciting without worrying about tomorrow...... I tried to tell him that the money was for him to buy something fun and I would make sure he had food to bring home.... But try as we might, we could not entice them with anything.... so finely I decided that if we bought the food he could relax and enjoy himself. Well we stood there and he began to place his order and we had two people kept busy filling it... Pasta , rice, barley, flour, peas, ... there were about 10 or 12 bags that filled a big sack..... I started to think where is he going to stop now that I am standing here with my wallet out.... well then suddenly his shopping spree was over... the lady totaled everything up and turned the calculator toward me.... 198 som...with that he pulled out his 200 and handed it to her..... I could not believe how he had that all worked out in his head, and how he had no intention of me paying more for it... then my nose started to hurt again.....Well I insisted , and I am bigger so I payed and gave him the 200 some back..... he was ok with this though... because he wanted some medicated cream from the pharmacy for his bad leg and now he had money for that. ...
I am doing to much writing now... maybe I will start showing you some photos....
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Julie stayed home and read, listened to music, did laundry, ate Honey Nut Cheerios and made earrings. She loved her day home alone..... I decided to go into the capital city with David and Jayne and catch up on a little business. Our first stop was at the Cancer hospital to check up on Pastor Elana... that story I will tell you ...maybe tomorrow... it deserves a few blogs of it's own.... then I payed the deposit for the yurt camp that we are going to when the youth team comes, Any way from there we went over to the Baby house. One of our readers had sent a donation and had asked for it to go to a need at the Baby house ... I am not sure if that is in town or the capital city, I am waiting to hear. I had a meeting with the new director there. I delivered more Vitamins and some other medication along with some beautiful clothes that were donated as promised on our last visit. I was picking his brain to see what kinds of items he wanted next ( if this indeed was going to be the recipient of the donation) He told me that what he really wanted was a baby ventilator ...... The thought stopped me in my tracks....In My little mind I place this as a need ... Not a want . I told him to give me the information on this and where it can be purchased, and I WILL get it for him.... OK so I stepped out and committed $400 and have a delivery date for him.... I sure hope this turns out to be the intended destination for the donation, but how can you deny a child breath...... Then the director shared a bit more... He would like to have the older kids to have an opportunity to experience more then just the four walls of the orphanage .... he would like to have on opportunity for them to go out to some parks or other outings... ...We were so thrilled to see the concern he had for the kids, not just physical, but the emotional development.. As we were leaving the office we ran into two incredible people that are already forging a relationship there. They stop in a few times a week to do massage therapy with the kids. They also help and support families that are trying to keep there kids at home but because of financialhardship might have to give them up. They also have a dream of one day being able to bring these kids on outings....Hmmm..... We met with them for lunch and had a great visit... It turns out that they have worked in other Central Asian Countries, and know many of the same people we do. I so wish we had crossed paths with them a lot sooner . The Dream that they have and the desire that they have to serve is one that I recognise..... I will do a post introducing them in a few weeks when we have had the opportunity to talk a little more. They seem to be good soil.... I look forward to planting with them , and I know some of you will as well. Oh I forgot to tell you about Altynai's graduation last night.... OK I will share a quick photo, and tell you more another day.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Oh Ya I forgot to tell you about some of the other projects Larisa is working on .... one cost us another $100.... money well spent...... wait until you here this story....maybe tomorrow...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I have come to learn that any support that we can give Larisa and her endeavors is good soil... so lets do some planting.... ...
Now is your turn to dream .....
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
They had an opportunity to get to Know Asel and her husband Talent... It was so nice when just hours before they were to leave, Talent prayed a prayer of blessing on these kids.... I almost did not post this, but there are so many adopting families out there that follow this blog, that I am sure would love to have this prayer extend to their children as well. He is praying that they would be strong... healthy... that they would have an easy transition into their new life... He is praying that they would grow up to be Honorable citizens , and that they would be shining examples and ambassadors for there Birth country... and most of all he is praying that they would be strong in their faith and lead a life that would be uplifting to God.......I think that is a prayer that every parent prays at some point..... listen and be blessed. ....Claim it for your own!
Ed is desperate for his "five seconds of Fame" If you know Ed , you
know how much of a joke that is.... But I just wanted to say how much of a blessing it is for us ANY time that we can be in the company of he and Natasha .. This week we had the added bonus of a visit from their friends Ted and Gloria . These 4 are leaving a trail of blessing and encouragement as the travel through Central Asia and the Ukraine.... I know we were blessed
Oh Ya Ed.... Make it 6 and the van....lol
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Just when he got the last pair broken in. check out the new pair he chose got his new shoes.... now lets get some cloths on him
Ed.... your supposed to drop the bat BEFORE you run !
So that how dental floss works !
Wow the mixed nuts were a hit.
We could not find a pool noodle, so a strip of wet sponge