"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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rollin' with the Zambian time

Today we had to go to the immigration office to renew our visas. They told us to be there "AT 9 HOURS" (9:00 a.m.). Well, they were not there...so we were a little put out because we were ready to get to the haven and see our babies!
We actually did not spend too long at the immigration office because we made it to the Haven by a little after 10:00. Just in time for quality time with the aunties for our educational portion of feeding/swallowing.
The aunties seemed to understand the concept behind our ideas and ensured they would keep it up while we were gone. Miss. Pauline from haven 1 even shared her excitement with one of the girls saying that she was happy to have things to do during changing time with the babies.
Our crafts: bottle check, growth chart (flowers/suns), and changing time flyer

After educating the aunties we proceeded with our normal therapy sessions. When we got to Haven 3 I found Bennett dressed in this PRECIOUS bear outfit. He looked like a little Eskimo! And please take a moment to check out Caroline's blog (http://www.carolinerebekah.blogspot.com/) to see what a drastic difference Bennett looks from the first week to the final.

Bennett all bundled up like a polar bear

And of course I wanted a picture with this lil Eskimo!

I popped in on Kels to see how she was doing. Kelsey is the twin of Kelly who passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was sick and at the clinic for a while, but she is back at the Haven now and seems to be doing good. I will be sure to find out more tomorrow and keep you posted. Kelsey wasn't a fan of the flash on my camera!

Rach with her man Dennis, who i might add was dressed like a 70's golfer. It was adorable!

While in Haven 3 I had to stop in and see my boys Seth (left) and Dow (right) who recently got hair cuts. haha they are looking sharp! These two are so energetic and always babbling/smiling about something. They definitely are a handful, but you gotta love them!!

Therapy time with Choolwe is always exciting. He was in a safari onesy today looking as cute as ever! He was all over the floor today rolling back and forth soon we have to get him crawling. The aunties enjoyed being able to check off all of his milestones on his sun and placing a smiling in the middle to show he has completed the ones needed.

This was officially our final day of therapy in Africa. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking of having to leave these babies. Tomorrow I am really looking forward to being able to just simply spend time holding each baby. Lace and I plan to take the pictures for our CAPSTONE project first thing in the morning so the rest of the afternoon can be dedicated to "baby holding".

Apparently, there is talk that our infamous crate we shipped in October is supposed to arrive tomorrow (with all of our therapy supplies). That is right, we have been without all of our language supplies, testing materials, and other goodies. No big deal...we have been using our resources (like wise professors have once told us to do) for making materials for the kiddos. Thanks to a cracker box, duck tape, and eyebrow scissors I was able to make a "feed the monkey" game for language class last week. For now I better get some sleep, we have a busy/emotional day tomorrow that I must be well rested for!

1 comment:

  1. Cannot believe the improvements in Bennett's skin! What's he using? Lancome or Clinique?! : ) I'm so proud of each of you, glad to read about your creative use of meager resources and praying that tomorrow goes smoothly for you. The Auntie Ed looks fabulous!