Wednesday, January 13, 2010
We, in conjunction with New Day, are beginning a home for older orphan girls while they wait to be adopted or to live with a family (us) if they are never adopted. We've had Elizabeth, a heart patient and 9 years old, since last July. Although we were expecting our next 2 children in about 3 months, well.....as things typically go here, it has happened much faster than previously expected! We received our second child, Hannah, 10 days ago!! Hannah was born on April 6, 2002 (currently 7 years old). She was born with a severe heart disease (TOF). She was abandoned on March 4, 2009 and has already had her first heart surgery in late August. Hanna was very malnourished when she arrived at the healing home. Although she is 7 years old, she is very delayed and found to be functioning on a 3 year old level. She has many issues to work through for such a little girl—thank God that his grace is sufficient for whatever is needed!! Hannah will also require a second heart surgery very soon to completely repair her heart condition. She is currently scheduled to go in for testing in preparation of that surgery at the end of February. It will probably require that I stay in the hospital with her for about 10 days while she recovers enough for her to return home. We currently expect to be receiving Catherine, 9 years old, in about 2 months, that is if it continues to go according to the plan! She has had her heart surgery this past month and is now recovering. She will also require a second heart surgery in about a year.