"But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 2Corinthians 8:11

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner!"

Thursday on our way back from Livingstone a few of our group members were ill (we are thinking they caught something from one of the babies at the Haven) so it was a rough ride back for them. Once we arrived "home" they (Marja, Jaime, Meghann, and Ian) went straight to bed. The rest of us enjoyed a lunch prepared by Leonard then we were off to the Haven. Rach, Lace, Catherine, and I worked with Caroline on feeding with the infants. I learned sooo much from that one hour with Caroline. We did "tummy time", and worked on strengthening their facial muscles and positioning their tongues correctly for feeding. We helped a few of the infants sit up and lift their heads which all correlates with them having better eating habits.

*ATTN: DADDY- you may not want to read the following section*
The non-sick kids (Rach, Catherine, Lace, and I) were apart of Dr. Weaver’s experiment (willingly!). She went as fast as she could over the bumps in the road to see how high we flew in the back of khaki Jackie! The last bump was a definite success with all of us almost touching the roof.

Yesterday we were greeted with hugs from the toddlers at the Haven and continued with the language class. With the help of Weston and Brite, the older boys, we can keep the children attentive and get some responses out of a few more. I used my new Tonga word I learned "kiara" which means "sit down", a few children laughed after I said it, but oh well it got the point across!

Our sick friends from the group are feeling better and are able to keep some food down, however, poor Rachel is feeling sick now :( Keep our teams health in your prayers!!
In between teaching and playing we were able to take a few pictures of the children. These are the toddlers that we work with in the morning enriching their language skills:

"More" "More"

Katie and Charlie chillin' on the swing

Love and Blessing

Here are a few of the kids from Haven 1 during language class:

Shawn aka: my "lil usher!"

Baby Nita: "Sassy!"

Ross our wanderer

Peter! "lil chunky monkey!"

In the afternoons we head over to Haven 3 (these babies have tested positive with TB, HIV, or some other illness)to work on language:

Baby Kurt and me!

The children were really excited for language class!

Dow was reaching for the camera

Last night we enjoyed one of Leonard's infamous “apple cakes”, literally he labels the cake “apple cake”. I am typically not a huge fan of baked fruits, however, this cake was DELISH!
After dinner we all gathered for a movie in the main room (even D.T. and Ian came). Tonight we watched Dirty Dancing and Dr. Weaver provided the refreshments (diet coke, coke, and sprite). It was a SUPERB ending to the day. I am sure we will be doing movie night in Zambia again soon.

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