Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Legit Situation

This morning we had to go into Kalomo to get our visas renewed... Thank you B Weave!!

We got to the Haven just a little later than usual, so our Haven 2 kids were already drinking their tea/juice/milk. As soon as we showed up, Bright, Emma, and Weston ran over to me holding up their drinks so I would take the lids off. When I took their bottles, they ran over to the bench and sat nicely waiting to get their drink back. They are learning so well! While we were doing our lesson, Clintus (one of the aunties) came out to watch. I asked her if she would like to sing some songs and she said, "No... tomorrow." Well, tomorrow we are not doing our normal therapy so I had to explain that to her. Then she said, "Ok, after tomorrow." When I had to tell her that tomorrow is our last day, she got teary eyed and said, "No! So sad, so sad!" That was the first time it really hit me how sad saying goodbye tomorrow is going to be... Oh, goodness. Not thinking about that yet!! At Haven 1, the aunties are all very sweet and love talking to us... which I think is because Sarah has basically become and honorary auntie while we've been here. When I asked Pauline if we could take a "snap" she said only if we take two and I leave one with her! She is just precious!

Pauline and me!

This afternoon, we spent our time on the front porch at Haven 1 writing up a very detailed schedule of what we've been doing, a list of all the children at the Haven, and organizing our supplies that we're leaving here. We ended up getting it done pretty quickly so we had some time to just hold some babies. A lot of them are sick right now so they weren't as lively as normal. I picked up Hunter because he was crying in his bed. I ended up holding him for about an hour! He is so sweet and so tiny! Marja joined us back from her day at school and we worked on recommendations for next year. I used a chitenge to tie Hunter to me so I'd have some free hands. He just loved it! I think it was really good for him to just be held close. I didn't want to have to put him back in his bed when I left!
Sweet, sweet Hunter

Tonight we're just hanging out... the power went out again for about an hour but it just came back! We always end up finding ways to entertain ourselves, so it's all good. Oh, but we do have some sad news... probably not going to get to go on the elephant ride. Every company we've contacted is already book. Oh well! We are going to have plenty to do in Livingstone as it is!



  1. Glad yall remembered to renew your visas! Did you receive the crate of stuff that didn't get there when yall did? What do yall have planned to do in Livingston? How many days till you fly out?

  2. Isn't it nice when kids are comfortable with routines! I can't believe you held the same baby for an hour! Unbelievable! Also, glad you all got your visas! I'm jealous you will be able to enjoy Livingstone. Wish I could have been there!

  3. Those babies are just so precious! I love the photo of you holding Hunter...he looks soooo sweet just laying there. That's sad about the elephant ride. That sounded so exciting! What all are you guys going to do in Livingstone?

  4. I know everyone is definitely going to be sad to see you guys go. The kids look so precious. I just want to give them all some love. Hope ya'll have a great trip to Livingstone! Sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to see u guys!

  5. Aw it's so sad that's it's over! I have loved getting to read all of these blogs, I don't know what I'm going to do when they stop =( I know you girls have made such an amazing impact on everyone down there and I can't wait to hear all about in person VERY soon! Enjoy the last few days down there, I miss you girls!! What are the plans for Livingstone?

  6. Sorry for just now posting, but I know that everyone will miss those precious babies. Sounds like the kids made some great progress and that the aunties will carry over the lessons. I hate to hear that the elephant ride may not happen.