I knew when I came here that not every day would be a happy day. There is too much reality in this building for me to believe otherwise. I also know that I never come home from China with any more answers, only more questions. Questions that will never be answered on this side of heaven. While I cannot write to you about so much of the heartache, I can ask you to pray for me. Pray that God will give me some peace about the big picture in all of this. Pray for the children. Always pray for them.
I will tell you that the little guy in the first picture today is Ryan. You probably notice the rather large places on his skin that look like moles. Its actually malignant melanoma. He is such a sweet little guy. I got to spend some time with him today and it was fun to make him smile. I wonder if your first day at Maria’s Big House is kind of like your first day of school?
The next picture is of me holding little Michael. What a precious little boy! He is in Theo’s room. We aren’t exactly sure what’s going on with him yet but the Dr. thinks he has cerebral palsy. I held him while he slept for 2 hours today. It was so obvious that he loved the feeling of being held tightly. However, Theo did NOT like me holding another baby. He was on the other side of the room and pulled himself over on his arms as fast as he could, started pulling at my pant leg and screaming ‘MAMA!’ then he proceeded to put his head in my lap on top of Michael. All the nannies were laughing b/c they all knew he was jealous. I’ll admit, its kinda nice to know he loves me like that! 🙂
I really can’t state enough how much I have enjoyed spending time with the Chapman family and getting to know them more. We all went to Pizza Hut tonight (another rice free day!) and then Mary beth and i went shopping together which was a lot of fun. I bought some children’s split pants. I Know that I have told so many of my friends about the split pants when I’ve been in china. But just talking about them does not do the situation justice. So, now I have a real life example to show. I’m also pretty excited b/c Mary beth gave me an early copy of her new book ‘Choosing to See’ that comes out on September 1st. If any of you all are enjoying reading about my journey on here, you will have to buy her book to hear their incredible story.
We got a new group in today. Donors from Texas. They are 2 families and they brought their kids with them. Mikey and I will be spending the next couple days entertaining these kids in activities we have planned. Tomorrow- birthday party for Everyone!! haha
So, while I can’t share why my heart is so heavy tonight with you all, I can say that I am so thankful for the HOPE that we have! Keep the prayers coming…and I thought I would leave you with my favorite picture of the day!