Saturday, February 28, 2009
Yes, she loves being a princess, wearing pink and frills and has a very clear idea in her mind what clothes she wants to wear, what looks nice and matches!
Pets and other animals, as well as dolls and real babies/children are high on her priority list.
She regularly BEGS us for more pets - a mouse, please? - a cat, PLEASE? - a puppy dog, P L E A S E ? - a horse, P-L-E-A-S-E!!! (what's next?!)
She still enjoys her guinea pigs, who've just had another litter of 6 cute babies.
Yesterday, she took Toby, her male guinea pig, to school, to share with her friends/new class-mates.
Kylie's favourite games are still the role-play-ones, like moms and dads and pets, or lately, teachers and pets...
As much as she's a girly girl, she's no wimp. She watches Jeremie skin possums and rabbits and gut and pluck ducks without a whimper. She loves digging for/finding worms and collects all kinds of insects. In her kindergarten, she was known as the one that brought insects to share.
Speaking of sharing, Kylie doesn't know the word "stranger". It doesn't exist in her vocabulary. The world is her home (interesting, t'was/is the same with all of our children) and she starts talking to any stranger anywhere. It is like she's a magnet, attracted to people and not shy at all- definitely no loner, that girl!
10 days after we got back home, Kylie had an operation: she had grommets(little tubes) put into her ears to drain the fluid that had been blocked in her inner ear and made her quite hard of hearing. The hospital staff was amazed at how courageous she was - both at the time of going into the operation - as well as coming out of it. What a trooper! No more excuse for not hearing well now :)!
Shortly before we left on our trip, a family from the "Mongrel Mob" moved into the house next to us. Those are not necessarily the kind of neigbours that are highly desired (known for alcohol, noisy parties, violence, rape etc).
Well, when we came back, Kylie made contact with their children in no time and invited them over to our place (with my permission).
It was so special to see her reach out and be a friend to those very neglected (abused?) children. She pushed them on the swing, jumped on the trampoline with them, played dolls, let them hold her guinea pigs, and offered them food and drink - all her own initiative and doing.
Sadly, they moved away last week-end - - - when I was just starting to learn their names and make contact with some of the moms (they had several families stay in a 3-bedroom house). I was even dreaming of having a regular "outreach" for them in our yard...
Last night, as I was reading in an old diary, I came across an entrance I wrote in 1998 that I felt God had another child for us (we had 3 at the time). It sure took a while, but I am SO GLAD and GRATEFUL that God gave us Kylie 4 years later!!!!!!
She's a character, a treasure - loved and enjoyed beyond what words can express!
What a privilege to parent her and to see her personality and giftings unfold in front of our eyes!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Read this to find out about their very moving experience RIGHT NOW - these are mostly young kids in their late teens, early twenties.
Can WE help?!!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Last night, Rich and I had our weekly date, lying on lawnchairs in our backyard, watching the Movie "Slumdog Millionaire" with a blanket wrapped around us to keep us warm in the late summer evening. During our little chat before we started the movie (on our laptop), I was once again overwhelmed with GRATEFULNESS for God's AMAZING love and blessings in our lives!!! As we looked out over our neighbour's pasture, a group of sheep came close to us, bah-ing along - - - in the distance we could see some water from the bay... how romantic!
Everything was beautiful and calm. WOW! How blessed are we to live in such a place?!!!
I remembered a pastor's prophesy many years ago that one day, God was going to give us a big house so that we can really excercise our ministry of hospitality. I remember thinking, "Yeah, right! That would have to take a major miracle - probably won't ever happen!"
It's been over 10 years, but God DID the miracle!!! We're in a six-bedroom house and exercising hospitality, too!!!
And for an incredibly low rent!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! You came through with your promise in spite of my unbelief (this has happened to me quite a few times already - I should maybe learn a lesson?!)
The movie left me DEEPLY touched and the tears started rolling in the darkness underneath a gorgeous star-light sky, my inside guts turning and turning with compassion. Even though I haven't been to India, I've personally witnessed the life of street children in the Philippines and in Brazil - and I am forever impacted by them!!!
What a contrast between my so blessed life and the daily reality of hunger, survival (or not), violence, loneliness, betrayal, suffering etc that MILLIONS of children are facing RIGHT NOW - all over the world!!!
All I can do is cry out to God to have mercy on them and send them somebody to love them, rescue them, feed them, keep them safe.
All I can do is say to God one more time, tell ME to DO anything about it, and I will do it! I am willing, just make it clear WHAT I should do.
I am passionate about the orphans! I want to make a differenc with my life! Not stay in my lawnchair and enjoy the sheep and stars - although that's definitely a nice way to hang out with my hubby from time to time:)!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
He did well traveling and adjusted relatively easily to so many different situations and people.
On the planes he may not have slept much, but was happy most of the time - only had about 1 pretty short meltdown each of the (4) 12-hour plane rides - not bad!
Of course, for us, having a toddler with us certainly added a fair share of extra work/stress (and I wouldn't want to do it again any time soon!), but it was definitely worth it!
When we got home, he was delighted to find all his toys and books again. He is totally crazy about books. He is fascinated by animals, particularly dolphins and whales at the moment.
Even though he couldn't express it with words (he still just says 4 words, plus 20+ signs), I think he really enjoyed being back in his crib and room!
He likes routine and predictability, even though he did tolerate the constant changes of our trip without too much of a fuss.
Overall, Shayden is extremely cheerful and happy and has an amazing sense of humour - laughing at the smallest thing. His smile and funny faces - of which he learned a few more on our trip - conquers people's hearts in no time.
He is easygoing and fun and just such a blessing for our family!
Enjoying the water with Kylie - brrr, it's pretty cold, though
Pointing to his nose, as the book promts
Practicing sorting the shapes and getting pretty good at it, too!
Cooling off from the summer heat in our garden
Another hot day at home - amusing himself while I take care of laundry!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Already a few steps further
coming along nicely
Kylie's first painting project
Look closely at that sweet face and you'll see more than freckles adorning it :)
coming close to getting done
just some more painting and a couple of gates left
Now we'll just have to hope and pray that we won't be asked to leave the house in a few months!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's been quite a big project, time consuming and expensive - and still not all done. What don't you all do for LOVE?!! And LOVE YOU we DO Shayden, and hope that you'll always know that deep in your heart!!!
If he was a little older, he'd probably be mad at us for restricting his freedom... hmmm... I guess that's how some people feel about things that God "forbids" us or seems to restrict us in - doubting his character or love for them when in reality it's all the opposite... interesting!
Anyways, all this was actually yesterday (by the time I got all the photos in) - and today it's pouring rain...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So watch this space... I can't wait to share some stuff - and photos... nothing dramatic (no, no baby at this time, at least not yet - talking about Shayden's sibling to be born or born already, we don't know what's happening with that situation)