It’s been an exciting few weeks at the Promise House! So exciting that we neglected to send out our e-mail newsletter last week. Sorry about that! Here’s a post to catch you up on the latest happenings before Wilson and I leave for a week in the Dominican Republic (thanks to our Aunt Arlene! J)
For Easter, my parents were able to fly down for a visit. We’ve seen them a fair amount recently, since we spent November in California and Wilson and I both had week-long trips back since then, but it’s been a while since they’ve been down here to see us and the kids in the Promise House. We were anxious for them to see the changes we’ve made and how well the kids are doing. Perhaps my mom will write a little guest blog for you. Mom? And in case you all were wondering, frozen honey-baked ham, King’s Hawaiian rolls, the ingredients of cheesy potato casserole, and a frozen cheesecake all travel beautifully. We enjoyed a full Easter dinner with the kids, ham bun leftovers all week, and I currently have ham-bone soup in the crockpot that is making the house smell scrumptious!
Mom and dad’s trip happened to coincide with our other big news: week one of the newest Promise House kiddo! We’ve got 8 again! E is 7 and has been at COTP since the summer of 2011. Wilson vividly remembers his first day here and has had a special place in his heart for E since then. I cared for E as his nurse during our first go-around, and now we get the honor and privilege of caring for him as house parents. Even in this short time, we see an incredible amount of potential in E and are excited to love on him and see what we can accomplish together! The nannies remember him well from the baby house days and were also excited to hear he’d be moving in with us. Suzette in particular was very happy to have “her boyfriend” back! Since E was not with us for his birthday back in January, we started out with a birthday trip to the beach. It was fun to have mom and dad along (maybe we should have called them grandma and grandpa?!) to experience the day with us. E is such a vibrant boy and even though the weather was less than ideal and we got plenty of drizzles throughout the day, we all had a really wonderful time! His giggles were all the sunshine we needed 🙂
Please pray with us as E continues to transition to life in the Promise House. Pray that God gives us the wisdom to care for him exactly as he needs to be cared for and also for the other kids as everyone gets used to each other again.