It's almost time for the children to
come home from school and what peace and quite we have been able to enjoy this
morning is about to come to a grinding halt. There is one inescapable fact
about children. They need attention and lots of it. It they can't get it from
you in a positive way then they will manage to figure out how to get it from
you one way or another. Positive or negative, attention is attention.
Bill just bought four new brooms, we
have one left. Our inventive boys found a way to unscrew the broom heads and
use the handles as long swords.
I am positive that the boys won their imaginary
backyard war after seeing the carnage of decapitated brooms and broken, twisted
broom handles. Of course we can no longer connect the two and the original
purpose of sweeping the floors has become a point of contention between the
girls and boys. In other words they are fighting over the remaining broom. The
concept of "living by faith" is lost on the children as Bill is
giving his lecture about the costs of brooms. One day it's brooms and the next
day it's trying to make everyone understand the cost of leaving lights and fans
on. I am sure you can identify. I have to tell you sometimes it is a real
struggle to stay in faith. The severity of problems that the children face can
be daunting and then there is all the financial needs to keep things running.
Several of the children need some major dental work. I have learned so much
over the last few years about God's faithfulness and even though I have moments
of sinking below the water's surface, for the most part I am able to walk on
it, because He has bid us come.
All in all our children are doing
well. Carmita, who had been beaten so severely around her head and neck, is
finally learning to read! Her fits of anger are almost non existent and she is
communicating so much better. Jonathan is still a handful. He is the boy who
was abandoned by illegals trying to make it to the United States on the train.
He gets distracted so easily and provokes the other children. We kept him out
of school last week. His poor teacher needed a break. She has five of our
children in her class!
We received two 14 year old girls
right before Christmas. Although we were a little anxious about receiving older
girls, it has worked out very well. One girl's parents had both died of AIDS
and the other was being molested by her step father. They have adapted well and
are flourishing under the care of the Lord.
Below I have listed some of our
needs. I have been hesitant to do this but as one of my very good friends
recently admonished me, sometimes people need to know what you need so that
they can pray about helping.
Much love to you and yours,
Bill and Tammy