Monthly Archives: JUNE 2011
How happy we are to see Fu Wa with her siblings. It makes all the current struggles of surgeries, sick babies, and everyone wanting to take leave at the same time....bearable:)
Usually I do nothing on Friday nights, except come home from teaching and "chill out" (that means 'have a rest', to any of my student readers). But this Friday was an exception, as Zheng Dan Dan, (middle girl in red and white striped top) called and asked to visit, along with Yan Ming (yellow shirt). They were my students at the Nursing College in 2007 and have since graduated. Zheng Dan Dan works at the hospital in Sanmenxia and Yan Ming at Number One Hospital in Zhengzhou.
Later, that same evening, Ya Ru(black shirt) and Hong Li (pink shirt) appeared to get their last salary and say goodbyes. We had a great time together discussing memories plus the future. While one girl will remain in Zhengzhou the others will go abroad, one to New Zealand, one to California, and one to Singapore.
We pour our lives into these girls as we live and work together. We are so proud of all of them. We've had good days and we've had a few not so good days, but through it all respect and friendship lasts forever!!!
Looking through the eyes of this little girl, no one would wonder why she is soooooo stressed. She lives in a very rural village in a run down house, but at least its familiar. Now, she been on a train over 17 hours, without her mom, and all these strangers are poking around her body. BUT, in the end she will be able to run, play, and live a full life. Many thanks, to all of you for making her uncomfortable, just for a little while...surgery should be next week.
This is our little guy, who returned from Shanghai minus most of his leg, but he is live and beginning to show signs of improvement. His bill has been paid and we appreciate everyone who made his surgery possible.
One Shanghai family visited him in the hospital, helped care for him to give our worker a rest, and generously paid his outstanding balance. Many blessings to you, my dear.
He stays at our tiny baby home, even though he's older because the ladies there are more knowledgeable in caring for post surgical situations.
His crib is in the middle of the living room, where he can watch TV and be in the center of all the activity. When I hold him, he's jealous if another toddler comes around. When the DVD is finished he tells the nannies its over. What a cutie!!!
Many thanks to Jane and her friends for visiting when he first arrived and giving him some special attention and many thanks to the students at Zhongyuan University who raised money for his surgery also.
Our family is so excited to send you this email.
We wanted to do something special to celebrate Ellie's one year anniversary with us. After some discussion we all agreed that the best way to celebrate was to have a yard sale and send the proceeds to you at Swallows Nest. We sent out an email to friends and family telling them what we were doing and asked them to consider donating items for the yard sale. So many items were donated, and so many friends volunteered to help! We were overwhelmed! We held the three day yard sale this past weekend. We didn't have a figure in mind when we started out, as we know God knows your needs, we just asked Him to provide.
The result was $2081.05!! We are sending it to you via pay pal today. We posted signs about Swallows Nest and were able to introduce customers to Ellie and tell them about you and your work there. As a result, we are praying that Swallow's Nest has made some new friends and that God would mulitply our efforts. I have included some pictures from the yard sale. I don't think our kids ended up in any pictures but they worked so hard!
As we celebrate one year with Ellie, we thank God for you and your husband, Ms. Zhu, and all the workers at SN who cared for her.
Amy and Chris, Ethan, Hannah, Ben, and Ellie
PS The picture of Ellie was taken on her one year adoption anniversary, May 17th. She is in the sunflower garden her sister planted for her : )
Ying Ying before she came to Swallow's Nest in early 2009.
***Funds raised by this family is paying for the surgery for Little Boy who had the gangrene ...
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