This past week

Oh no I've fallen a week behind on the blog. I was doing so well! Won't give such detailed updates will just tell you about some of the more exciting stuff! And share lots of photos!

One thing I did last week was visit some of the new Eagles Wings kids. Two were moved over two weeks ago now but one was a surprise who arrived last week, just abandoned the day before. So sad. When I first went into his EW Home he was so nervous. Standing against the wall and not really interacting with anyone. He looked anywhere between 6 and 10 years old. It almost seemed like the lights were on but nobody was home. Though he did then surprise us all and came alive! We showed him this magnetic jigsaw game and he LOVED it! Played if for like an hour! He laughed and smiled and made lots of noises! It was great to see that there is a big personality in there! So sad to think he has only just been abandoned... The trauma in his life already is so big... I can't even imagine how scared he is to be in such a different environment away from what he once knew. He looked like he had been reasonably well taken care of as he was sent with a bag of nice clothes. The other two kids were pretty cute too! One is just a toddler at 2 years old and seems fairly normal. The other is about 3 or 4 and is very delayed. Meeting newly abandoned kids really brings reality home for so many across the world.

One of the biggest miracles is seeing how comfortable the babies now are around me! When I first came they would cry every time I entered their home. So we decided it would be best for them to get used to being around guys. One by one they all realised I wasn't so bad and that I can be pretty fun! The last one was LiXing. He is a bit of a drama queen at times! And loves the attention! But he will now even let me pick him up and smiles when he sees me! I'll let these pics speak for themselves!

Another special moment was with Jensen. Jensen will turn 14 in August and after that he ages out of the adoption system and can no longer be adopted. However a family heard about him and will be travelling to bring him home in a few weeks! Two weeks ago Jensen was told he is being adopted. I'm sure it was pretty scary to be facing all of those changes! Thankfully a few of his older friends have been adopted in recent months so it's not a completely new thing. I saw him a few days later and he seemed in a good mode and was showing me some things his family sent him. Well a few days ago I went with Donna the EW China Director and she had a photo book of Jensens family. So she talked him through it and showed him pics of his mom and dad and brothers and sisters. He seemed happy to get to see them! I recorded it and am trying to send it to the family, it just takes so long on bad internet to upload a big video!

These kids!

[i'll add the photos in the morning! so come back]

Oh boy do I love these kids. They seriously crack me up!

Monday was an interesting and busy day! In the morning I visited the babies again. Some of them are getting used to me which is nice. Was able to play with one or two of them without any crying! So thats a plus! I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Then after lunch it was teaching time again! We continued teaching English class about going to the park. This time we did a lot of class interaction and make these mini scenarios like 'can you see the flower?' and how to respond to that. We went around one by one which seemed to work well. SOme kids are much better at paying attention in class than others so for art class right after that I decided it would be best to move one of the boys from the end of the row to the middle where we could make sure he was paying attention! He's a bright boy I knew he just needed some encouragement. That worked really well! Art class went ok. We had then draw different things they would find under the ocean. I drew a few examples on the board - they of course laughed at my attempts to draw! (i am pretty bad at drawing so I didn't mind!) the next one is Friday so we are going to plan something really fun and be much better prepared.

After that I got the chance to go with the australian founder/director of Eagles Wings - Linda to the old orph.nage. That was certainly an experience. The orph. where Eagles Wings operate one floor of is relatively new but just for children. SO the old orph is full of older people. We visited an old friend of hers, a 30 year old man with CP. Linda has been visiting him for a long time now every time she goes to China. he calls her mama. This really sparked me to think about my kids. (see end of post)

That evening I was invited to dinner with Linda and an old friend of hers. That too was an experience as there were certain formalities which Linda had to guide me through like where to sit, when to sit, when to start eating, to refuse rice/noodles and lots more...

Linda's friends and their son!



Spent the morning in the baby house again. (theres about 8/9 of them in case it seems like hundreds!) Only one was crying so I take that as a good thing, and one would even sit on my lap for a while! They are slowly getting used to me!!

This afternoon we visited the older boys again as I hadn't seen some of them in a few days! They were excited to see me! We played around and then I ate lunch with them. I then helped pick out a cake to use in a birthday party for one of the younger children! We brought the cake to the school and sang happy birthday. All the kids loved the cake! Some of them had it all over their faces by the end of it!

Penn and me!
Me and Jensen!

sweet shannon!
Shannon and Zach!
I spent the evening with EW6 kids as per usual. I bought some cards earlier and managed to teach some of them how to play simple games like Snap. Even two of the boys with more severe cerebral palsy were able to play. Mentally they know whats going on, just they cannot talk clearly and their movement is hindered a lot. They loved it though! It makes me sad to see them trapped in dysfunctional bodies. Someday their bodies will be made now. I hold onto that thought!] So we played card games and joked about! I then put all the boys to bed (6) to give the nannies a break! I read one story a few times to different kids. They loved saying the English back to me again! I tried to teach them how to say 'th' properly instead of 'sank you' I want to hear 'thank you'. Some of them got it quicker than others! I tucked them all in and said goodnight. That was a lot of fun! They are a crazy bunch of kids, but I love them so much. Can't imagine my life not knowing any of them. Each is so different and unique. Definitely all fearfully and wonderfully made by our Father.

One thing I've been thinking a lot of is about the pasts and futures for my kids. Right now it seems that not all of them will be able to be adopted. Some are matched with families which is amazing! Families who are working through all the paperwork and process to get to them. I'm so excited for these children. But there are others with just the same potential. Potential to live long fulfilling lives with families who are prevented from doing so by stupid bureaucracy. Many of my kids would do SOO well with families and would thrive and be such a blessing. But... I fear this may never happen as their home orph.nages won't process their paperwork to make this possible. Right now please pr*y that all of my kids will have the chance to live in a loving family. Right now as I right this in a room across from theirs after putting them all to bed it overwhelms me and is bringing me to tears. I think of all the old people in orph.nages I've seen. Having spent all their lives in institutions. I wonder what kid of life my kids have ahead of them. Where will they end up? All of those old men in orph.nages were once cute kids too. I pr*y with all my being that my kids will not end up like this. I pr*y that my kids will be given the chance to fulfil their potentials and live fulfilling lives. I pr*y that G0d will allow me to be a part of that in whatever way he has planned. I don't ever want my kids smiles to fade......

[I should probably add that the kids I'm with now are all in the care of eagles wings who do an amazing job at giving them better more meaningful lives. They will be able to stay with EW as long as they need to. Though this doesn't quite match up to a family of their own... ]


Here's a really quick overview of the weekend. :)

Saturday morning I brought Jamie, one of Donnas daughters and her other foster daughter to their taekwondo class. Jamie was really happy that I could take him! Didn't quite realise it was a two hour class (!!) but it was fun to watch them! Then we went to local markets for lunch. I had a nice big bowl of noodles!

Now here's the good part. So it was then decided that I could move into Eagles Wings 6 (home for the non-walkers) I probably know the kids in 6 the best! I was so excited to get to move there! So I moved all my stuff over (in about 300 degree heat!) by bus as there were no taxi's in sight. I was sweating like crazy!! The kids were all so excited that I would get to live with them! So we played for a bit then (with another volunteer) we brought three of the kids on a mini-outing! To go buy some cream puffs for dessert after dinner! The kids love being taken out and it's good for them to experience life in the community. I played with them until dinner. Saturday night is games night for the volunteers so we all went to Donna's house and had dinner and played some games like pictionary and card games! Lots of fun was had!

On sunday we got up early to go off to ch.rch! In ZhengZhou (the nearest big city) there is an international ch.rch that meets once a month. So we took the two hour long journey in. It was a cool experience as there were people there from all around the world. After that we went to a western restaurant for lunch! Was so good! I had fries and spagetti! Others had chicken nuggets which were good too! We ate lots of food! There is no western food really in JZ where Eagles Wings is located.

In the evening I played with the eagles wings 6 kids until time for bed. We read stories. Built towers with blocks, and did lots of other fun things!

Was a fun but crazy weekend! On friday everything seemed to be very complicated but Gd had a better plan as i now get to stay with the kids I know best! Which is a blessing! He does all things for the good of those who love him.

Monday was an even more interesting day!!

Another day

Friday morning I went to visit the baby house again in the morning. Some of them are slowly starting to warm to me. Especially when they are being held by the other volunteers who they know better. I think I'll try visit most days so they get used to me and to being around guys. They do need to get used to guys as they will hopefully one day be adopted and have fathers!

She does't know what to make of me!
just after a bath!

WT (deaf blind boy) love dancing!
I then got to go see Barry being given his new wheelchair! It has been made to specifically fit him. Has a bright yellow frame and comfortable seat and backrest. I think it will take him a few days to get used to it! He did seem to love it though and I was so glad to he able to be with him while he tried it out for the first time. He then said to Donna, the director 'xiexie mama' (thank you mom). They all call her mom. It's really endearing.

'wow what have you got for me?'

'what is this thing?' 

I had lunch with the Eagles Wings 6 kids (my favourites!). It was so funny! Thankfully they had calmed down a bit from the day before when they got a bit over excited! Though Sean did put some sort of strawberry juice in his rice which made it turn pink!! He was laughing way too hard to be mad at him!! These kids just make me laugh so much! I played a few games and read some stories after lunch.

on the way to lunch!

Then while they were taking a nap, I prepared to teach an English lesson at the eagles wings school with one of the other volunteers. I was looking forward to that, though I had never taught English before. The class went quite well for our first time! We taught them some new words and had them practice using them in sentences! Then the kids wanted us to take their art lesson which was right after that. We took on the challenge though completely unprepared! (And I am not at all artistic!) We got them to draw different things and taught them the English words! We are going to take that class on Monday so we will prepare something crafty to do!

Shelly showing off her English work!

'Good job Wendy!'

So far I was staying at Donna's house, the director. They added me to the cooking rota so Friday was my day! I bought some pasta and pasta sauce so we had that with chicken, some green beans and broccoli. (Everyone went for seconds so I think they liked it!) and then for dessert we had chocolate fondue! I bought some really good (and expensive) imported German chocolate and we dipped fruit in! That went down even better with everyone!

I think Jamie might like chocolate ;)

Fridays night is movie night so we watched a movie. Jamie cuddled right up to me to watch it. Though I did fall asleep a few times!

Due to some unforeseen stuff I had to move where I was staying to the main orph.nage where eagles wings operate the top floor. I had to stay in one of the two visitor apartments there. Gd is definitely teaching me about flexibility right now and learning to not get frustrated when things aren't as expected or seem to make sense. (It all gets sorted out on Saturday, you'll see in that post!)