Wednesday, May 29, 2013

La Bamba and a Following


If you had seen me today, you may have been embarrassed.

We made our showing at the Open Air Market again this morning. For such a small town, it was CROWDED.  We are guessing that people come from neighboring villages to this market.

Horses and wagons lined the street. 



They are beginning to understand that we buy as much fruit as we can carry (thanks to donations).

Leaving

A whole area was devoted to baby ducks and chickens. 

Can you say crowded? Very good...
 


If you had spotted me at the Open Air Market, you may have seen me walking around singing...La Bamba.  Hey, someone had it on the radio and I happen to know all the words.  They think I'm weird already (not a distinct notion for just this part of the world).

Somehow...not sure how...we attract a following wherever we go.  We're just cool like that.

This tiny little guy followed us.  It was skin and bones. OF COURSE we just couldn't leave it.  The nurses at the institute fell in love and said they'd feed it and take care of it.  We may have had to call our facilitator, explain, and have her tell the nurses though.  Our facilitator, Luda, goes above and beyond and is the BEST.

It purred the second I picked it up and fell asleep in my hand.

Now the real reason we went to the market was not for a kitten (smile), but to purchase more fruit for the boys.  We hope to do this again on Sunday after we hire our driver to hang out for a few minutes (literally just costs a few dollars for the driver).  This fruit (all of it) ran about $20-$25.  We just couldn't carry anymore.  Thank you to those that donated.  Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges, and Apples should supplement these precious boys diets this week.
 
We arrived at the institute tired today.  We are bordering on exhaustion (not just "the tireds").  Not sleeping at night and then walking five miles does that (smile...who knew?!).  After the kitten rescue and translation saga, we sat down with our son to play ball, bubbles, sing...you name it.  He had a fairly rough morning, still with some good signs.  We don't think we will get past some of this stuff until he knows we are taking him with us and we leave the institute for good.  We can be the "parents" at that point.  He will be dependent on us for everything. Yes, we will DEFINITELY do "attachment work" which we will explain later for those that haven't heard us talk about it before.

Today, though he has done this only a couple of times before, Ben threw his head back repeatedly...trying to head butt us.  He also for the second time, tried to smack someone walking by (their leg).  HE is frustrated...God has given US total peace.  He is such a precious, confused blessing.  Now to convince him of his worth and that we are his family forever.


 
Good thing? Ben is going limp against his daddy.  He is starting to relax into us.
 
Our day only encompassed one visit with Benjamin.  I'm in the midst of an allergy attack and Thomas' stomach is not happy with him.  We're hunkering down this afternoon and trying to recover.
 
Our random picture of the day is for our daughter Anna.  Yes, I'm forever a home school mom and she LOVES bugs (or really anything living).  What bug is this Anna?  Its underside is a shiny metallic green.  It's not the best picture, but since everyone already thinks I'm weird, taking a picture of the ground was done surreptitiously.
 
 
On our way back (before the allergy/stomach attack) we made our way to a local flower shop.  It's interesting trying to tell them what you want.  There's a lot of VERY fun miming.  This is a gifting culture and we wanted to get just a little something.  What is CRAZY awesome?  For about $7.00 you receive about 20 minutes of work to make an arrangement pretty.  We brought a little extra just for this sort of thing.  We know we are emissaries here and we are VERY thankful to some precious people.

The kitchen in the house we are sharing.


We seem to have a couple preteen girls that follow us around periodically (different ones each time) giggling.  It's fairly entertaining, though slightly uncomfortable (smile).  They are super sweet and make us miss our own kids.  I mention that, as they followed us to the flower shop...lol.

Well, another question came up and I thought I'd attempt to answer here.  Many seem to have the same question.  Please know I read EVERYTHING and it is such an encouragement to hear from you.  Thank you...seriously...

Although y'all have a nice walk from the place you're staying to the mental institution, it looks like the facility is not remote from the rest of village. Is it common knowledge in the population that the place is there?

The institution really is not remote from the rest of the village, you're right.  It's toward the edge of it, but not remote.  The town itself  is remote, but the institution is not separate.  Yes, it is common knowledge the institution is here.  It's a small enough town that many know each other.  There are connections everywhere.  Truthfully, it is also on a main road out of town and the sounds coming from the institution are unavoidable.

Well, as my allergies get worse, I will leave you today like I always do, with Skype pictures from back home followed by a request for prayers.  Thank you again for covering us.  We are still on the path to bringing Ben home and appreciate ALL of it!  We need all of it...

PICTURES FROM SKYPE



Our zoo at home...


We continue to appreciate all prayers.  We ask that you please continue to pray for Benjamin’s name to be removed easily from the orphan registry.  It can be complicated, time extending, and expensive.  ALSO, please pray for protection of Ben when we are not with him...not only from others, but also from his fears and anger (anger because we left him and fear of us not returning).
Two extra prayers...(1) For the nurse at the institution who seemed to be very upset yesterday.  Please pray for peace that comes from a relationship with God.  We care a lot about her. The language barrier makes it hard to find out if there is anything we can do. (2) For a family dear to us that is fighting for the life of a family member against the addiction to drugs.  Please pray he turns to God and seeks help.
ALL Prayer Requests

*Please pray that God continues to prepare Benjamin's heart and calms his spirit.  Giving him restfulness.  Please pray he attaches and learns to love (and learns what family is) quicker than we can fathom.  This will be scary for him.

*PLEASE pray that the master of lies hands are tied. 

*Please pray that the small town's gates are “figuratively” thrown down and God’s love floods the streets.


*Please pray our children at home (and on a senior trip) are safe...physically/emotionally/and spiritually.  Attacks on the kids happened last time we were gone on the trip to bring Jael home.  PLEASE cover them. 

*Please also pray as our children at home try to stay organized in our absence, that things go smoothly for them and time passes quickly.

*Please pray for my husband and I, for our SAFETY and that we remain WELL.  We are going somewhere VERY rural with no one that speaks English most of the time.  

*Please pray for my mom, brother, and friends as they care for our children (safety, smoothness, etc.)

* Please pray that the current trip has a speed that can only be explained as a blessing of God. 

*Please pray that our trip home with Ben is peaceful and uneventful.  Please pray that calm (beyond understanding) reigns for our sweet Benjamin and that we see what we need to do to help him.

*That ALL paperwork needed is sped (by God's Will) in country (with NO hiccups). That the registrar quickly and easily removes Benjamin from the orphan registry, making things easy.

*Please pray for comfort as we continue to mourn Jonathan.
 
*Please pray for us to have a connection with the head of the institution. God has given us a love for the head of the institution and the caregivers.  Also, please pray for our connection to those in the village.
*Please pray that the head of this institution shows us where Benjamin has resided these last two years...and around the institution and laying rooms.  This is a wish, but we respect their decision.

 *Please pray the trip  itself is smooth.  There are NO issues.  That every blip, every hiccup...is ironed out before us.

*Please pray that our lines of communication with our children are successful (Skype, Magic Jack, international texting).  We will be in a very rural region.

*Please pray that we will feel rested and adjust to the time change while here.

*PLEASE PRAY GOD'S WILL IS DONE*

"About Benjamin He said:'Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.'
Deuteronomy 33:12


1 comment:

  1. Praying for you all. He's adorable. Love the pic of him collapsing on his daddy. xo

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