Today was quite a day! We visited the orphanage, and we didn't know if the foster parents would be able to come until we arrived and learned the foster mama would indeed be there.
Mr. Yan. He is in charge of all the adoptions. He is a super hero! We learned today that it was Mr. Yan who took the videos of Kohlby last October and answered my ten complex questions.
This is another super hero. This ayi (nanny) took care of Kohlby for the first 11 months of his life.
This is the baby room. There are nine babies, and three nannies. Kohlby's crib was the one to our immediate left. When we came in, the nannies were feeding bottles, and some of the babies were already asleep. They appear to receive excellent care.
And then another super hero - Kohlby's foster mama! She's cared for him for over a year and a half. I have friends who are foster parents, and I see firsthand how much love is poured into the children they care for. This mama will always have a place in my son's heart, as well as mine.
Little man has no idea how significant this visit is. He's in his own two-year-old world.
Foster Mama came bearing gifts.
Lots and lots of snacks. Kohlby's favs. She told us that he will eat all the time, so his eating must be controlled...all the while making sure both his hands were full of snacks and shoving three crackers at a time into his tiny mouth :)
Who could resist, right?!?
This is Foster Mama, Neighbor and Neighbor's son. The neighbor also fostered a little boy, and they will meet the adoptive parents tomorrow. Kohlby and this little boy played together all the time. I would love to connect with this little boy's parents! Can you help a sister out?
They even teach the children skills by having a 'bank', a 'grocery store,' a 'restaurant,' an art room, and a 'clothing store,' inside.
As we were touring, the nurse for the Hope Floor flagged us down and gave us a letter from the doctor who is in charge of all the medical information. We are allowed to contact him and get charts, scans, labs, ask questions, everything!
Then our guide, Celine, needed to go take video for a lucky Lifeline family awaiting news about their child, so it was time to break free and play!
We are created by the Father and for the Father. The struggle to not conform to this world is very real. But the more time we spend in the presence of those who depend on others for basic survival, the more we understand the need and desire to live radically different and apart from this world.
The crisis is big, and we are small, but we can all do something. One thing. The first step is surrender.
One gave birth; one gave health and love; I promise to give you my heart and my life...forever, my Treasure. Your Mama.