Today we were with the children all day! We started our day with spagetti for breakfast, hey don’t knock it till you try it. The flurry of acitvities included: Leigh Ann’s famous “lawn mower” song (thanks Darlene for sharing with her) they children love all the motions. we tried making shakers with birdseed in plastic eggs. One small oversight, birdseed with sunflower seeds, so yea they broke open the hot glued eggs and sat around eating the contents. bubbles, singing, drawing, futball (soccer), duck, duck, goose (you should have seen Gary and John they looked like the three stooges running around the circle. The day end activity…all the girls had the honor of having their hair done in braids/corn rolls. Leigh Ann actually had not had her hair down until today. WOW did they like all her hair. They were so proud of what they had done.
There are so many sweet faces, and so loving. All they want is to be with you. It is quite interesting in watching them pick you. I do not know what attacts a certain child to an adult, but it is very direct and each time you come back they are just like your own children. They come running and grab your hands and hug you.
There are 2 boys who all day have been at my side. Geno is around 4 and does not speak much. While I do not know his story, he is withdrawn from the other children, playing away from them. We curled up late this afternoon on my lap and slept for a couple hours. The other young man is 13 and he had been coming and going all day until this afternoon when he came up and put my arm around him to hold him. He never spoke but sat there the whole time Geno slept. They are children, no different from my boys back home. I am learning more from them than I could ever teach them.
Oswald Chambers says it best, “If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it. Ask yourself “Have I been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, not because it was helpful, not because there was anthing in it all beyond the fact that I love Him?”
God I love you!]]>