It’s birthday time in the Promise House again, which is a great reason for me to break my 3 month blog silence. Sorry about that! If you want guaranteed updates more frequently, let me know if you want to be added to our e-mail list. We send out a monthly e-mail, without fail, because my mom and sister will hound me until I write it! 🙂
Anyway, back to L and his 10TH BIRTHDAY! I still remember the day L came to live with us at COTP and it has been a great joy to be part of his life and part of his journey since then. What a long way he has come! After a Fourth of July party at a missionary guest house with a pool last month, we discovered how much L liked being in the water, so it worked out perfectly that the group of volunteers visiting that week needed a driver/chaperone for their trip to the beach on Saturday. If you see any extraneous white people in these photos, that’s them. They were lovely.
After some fun in the water, we took a little break in the lounge chairs up on the beach. Immediately, L saw all the sand stuck to his feet and wanted to wash them off. It only took him one time rinsing them off at the water’s edge and climbing back up to the chairs to realize that plan was not going to be sustainable. But gradually, he got used to the sand, and it didn’t bother him as much by the end of the day.
We ate lunch at the hotel restaurant just a short distance from the water. My favorite thing that L does right now is pray for our meals. Sometimes he is praying along with us, sometimes he just starts praying because we’re taking too long and he wants to eat. We usually can’t understand more than a few words of what he is saying, but it’s different each time and we can pick out phrases in Kreyol like “Thank you Lord” and “Jesus, I’m praying”. Of course the “Amen” at the end is always very clear! He was not deterred in the least by a table full of people and jumped right in to pray before lunch.
I wish I had snapped a picture, but we found an old cell phone in the sand under the water that became L’s new phone. He kept it in his pocket for days and would take it out now and then to make a pretend call, which was pretty adorable. We did take the phone away after I retrieved a piece of the broken plastic that he had put in his ear. It’s definitely not the first thing I’ve taken out of L’s ears and I’m sure it won’t be the last 😉
After a big day out, L fell asleep in the truck on the way home. We’re not sure if he really understood that it was his birthday, but I’m pretty certain that he knew he was special and that he was loved.