Friday, July 9, 2010

Brad's Day

Brad celebrated his 9th birthday today with the rest of the kids
and our special visitors, Nai Nai and Ye Ye.

He loved that it was his special day
and they loved seeing the pure delight on Brad's face
as he blew out his candles, and opened his gifts.

Happy 9th Brad!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nai Nai & Ye Ye visit

The House of Love has two older couples who regularly visit us. The children call them their “grandparents”.

In China, there are two sets of names for grandparents – one for the mother’s side of the family, Po Po & Gong Gong, and one for the father’s side, Nai Nai & Ye Ye. So, this makes it easy for us to distinguish between the two couples.

This week Nai Nai & Ye Ye received a wonderfully warm welcome from the children.

They will spend some time with the kids, and helping us with some odd jobs around the Units, especially as Ye Ye is a wonderful handyman!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Goodbye Joey

Carers from Joey's SWI arrived on Sunday afternoon
to take him to his new home.
They spent a couple of hours with us,
letting Joey get to know them a little,
learning how to do the stretches,
and how to put on his brace,
before they left with him.

We had prepared Joey as well as we could,
talking about his trip and his new home,
and had a countdown for the last 4 "sleeps".

He is going to another Residential Unit
similar to the House of Love in his hometown,
where he will continue to grow and thrive.

Thank you to all of you
who have been a part of his journey.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Celebrating 1 Year and 17 Lives Changed!

We opened the doors of the Clubfoot Unit 1 year ago.

During that time, we have had the privilege of seeing

the lives of 17 precious children

- whose future was very bleak -

totally turned around.

We have since said goodbye to some of the children

as they completed their treatment and returned to their hometowns.

Some are still with us, and will be leaving soon.

We look forward to this next year when more children arrive,

to be nurtured, loved, cared for,

their clubfoot treated,

and their lives totally changed for the better.

The photos shown are before and afters of Cris

who was the first child to arrive at the Unit.

Thank you for helping us to change lives.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Turning 4

Joey celebrated his 4th birthday
with the help of his friends from the
Clubfoot Unit and the Babies Unit.
He was the only child to have a birthday this month,
so all the candles were his to blow out!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Little Princesses

We had some very cute little visitors this week.

Mia, Claire, & Sophie all came by to say hello.

Mia proudly told us that she now has a forever family!
What amazing things have happened in her life this past year.

Claire is a picture of health.
She lives in the same foster family as Mia, and the girls get on well together.

Sophie... well as you can see, she is just thriving!
She came in for a checkup, and her feet are doing great!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

As you are probably aware,
we have had a lot of rain in the past few weeks.

We have outside verandas
so when it rains,
we are constantly trying to mop up water.

The kids from the CP/Res Unit
love to help whenever they can.