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.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Peek-a-Boo & Somersaults

Somersaults are all the rage
in the Clubfoot Unit at the moment.
Cris is currently mastering them.

It's impossible for Lexi to do them,
but she loves to play peek-a-boo!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Last Casts

Sarah had her tenotomy last week

and so now,

she is in her final set of casts.

Isn't she just a darlin'?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Too Happy

Jack turned 9 on Friday.

As you can see by the look on his face – he thoroughly enjoyed his day.

He got a Transformer toy, Transformer patterned blanket, & a book.

The cake was devoured as usual.

But when Jack was offered a second piece,

he surprised us with "No!"


“Because I’m TOO HAPPY!”

Thursday, June 10, 2010

First time for Cream Cake

They tasted it,

loved it,

devoured it,

made a mess,

And it was soooo sad when it was all gone!

Doesn’t anybody care?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Today we received the first of our two new playpens.

Ethan & Olivia were the proud, busy, little helpers,

in on the organizing, and first to try it out!

We are going to use these around the floor mats in the Babies Unit

to ensure our little tiny bubs are nice and safe

from their older more boisterous “brothers & sisters”.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No stopping him

Gregory might have two full leg casts on – but that won’t stop him.

He’s adjusted quickly to the new “feel”, and is as active as ever.

Last week we had to put extra plaster on his knee, as he wore it through!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Chocolate treat

The children all received some chocolate for a treat.
Helen decided it would be nice to share hers.

We're pleased about that....

we encourage sharing....

.... well guess who she chose?

.... the ants in the garden!

They sure appreciated her generosity!

She likes ants because she has never seen them hurt each other,
and they just work together to get a job done!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Busy Day in the Special Care Unit

On Wednesday afternoon, we received 5 precious little babies into our care.

Two of these babies, a boy & a girl, have heart conditions.

Another boy & girl have cleft lip & palates,

and one little girl has a stomach condition

for which surgery is being arranged.

They are all settling in very well.

If you would like to sponsor one of these lil’ darlin’s

Type in "$35" and click "ongoing gift".
Then choose "Special Care Unit Child" to designate the specific fund.
In the “Special Note” section specify which child you would like to sponsor.
Then fill out the remainder of the form to complete your sponsorship.

Once your sponsorship has been set up,
we'll contact you to share more about your sponsored child.
Every child’s first sponsor has the privilege of choosing an English name for that child.
If you have any further questions,
please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dueling Kings!

Connie introduced a game she played with these flowers when she was girl.

The kids in the CP/Res Unit think it’s great, and just love picking a supply of flowers, to play “dueling kings tournaments”.

First they get a supply of flowers – they are similar to, but bigger than clover.

They strip the stems in half, leaving the flower intact at the end.

Next two kids “duel” with their “kings”.

They flick the stems so they become entwined, and then pull.

The winning “king” is the one who pulls the other flower off their opponents stem!

Farewell Issac

After arriving in the Special Care Unit late last year,

Issac has moved into a caring foster family this week.

It’s been great to see his progress while he’s been with us.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Joey & the Gloves

Look what I found!

No-one seems to be watching.......

I'll just see if they fit.......

Look at me!!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Zai Jian!

We had a surprise visit from Isabelle & her foster Mum on Wednesday.

They came into say goodbye,
as she is meeting her family next week.

We're privileged to have been a part of Isabelle's life,
Zai Jian Isabelle!