Friday, August 26, 2011

Angels All Around

First, a little about Forever Angels Baby Home. I wrote about this wonderful place when I first got to meet Lily. That time you got to hear about it with my words; now I'll let you see it through Gil's camera. Be prepared to be impressed.

Their capacity is 50 children.  They are always over capacity.

Every child is treated with love, respect, and individual attention.

Rows of individually labeled toothbrushes and cups

Something like 400 diapers a day.....

And then there's the children.  The beautiful, amazing, resilient children.
Tuckered out

Skinny Little Sweetie.  Sigh.  Gil and I really fell in love with him.

I have no words.

The children hang all over anyone around. 
He needs a Daddy, doesn't he? 

Grace was almost offered a job.  She pushed kids on swings, gave them piggy back rides, and chased them around.  Such a fantastic big sister!

 Just one of the many reasons I love this man

 Amy H., the incredible founder and director of Forever Angels.  She helped us in so many ways and is such an amazing advocate for these children (not to mention, she's adopted 5 of them herself).

 One of the qualifications for being a Forever Angels volunteer is a willingness to be a human jungle gym.


More about our Lily.

So many have commented on the beautiful pictures of our precious Lily.   But I must admit, they are not entirely realistic.  Coaxing smiles out of her has been hard work.  Since we came for her, she has been pretty solemn and quiet....certainly trying to process everything new in her little life.  She's smiling in the pictures in the previous post because I had just given her some sparkly pink shoes, not because she's happy she has a family!  I know that many more smiles are in her future, but I don't want to give you an unrealistic picture of toddler adoption!  This picture is much more representative of the Lily we see.   

 Sisters getting to know each other

 Josiah kept "petting" her and saying, "She's so cuuute!"

And here's the Lily we are just getting glimpses of....a prelude of what is to come! 
I asked her, "Where is Daddy?"
And you can see the response. 

God is good. 
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