Sunday, April 20, 2014

A New Day Easter

On Friday afternoon the children were running around the backyard hunting for Easter eggs (and consuming the contents).   There were  happy shouts and babies enjoyed cuddles in the sunshine.  We even had a box of cute chicks and ducklings, and a box of fluffy little bunnies.  Yes, there are a LOT of cute pictures and we will share them with you very soon.

Inside though, in the Foster Home office, a text message arrived.  With a picture.

There were happy shouts (and a happy dance).  "Albert is off the ventilator!".

This was just two days after his life-saving liver transplant operation.  Albert's GI defect was very severe and without a transplant it didn't look as though he had much longer left.  Now, new life has come to Albert, a new hope and a future.

Albert is the fifth New Day child to have a liver transplant.  Number four, Reese, has been slowly recovering from his transplant, but he's made miraculous progress.

Reese's Fight has been epic, and it has touched the hearts of many.  He's been in the hospital so long, and come through so much, that the hospital staff have become very fond of him.

"On the venilator for 52 days after the liver transplant surgery in the ICU, there were three times heart stopped and breath off, he overcomed all this and transfed from ICU to the regular ward in a stable situation.
I want to thank all the dr. and nurses in the ICU and all the college of Institute of Transplantation and also all the people who support this little boy from NEW DAY FOSTER HOME, because of you all --not giving up, not abandoning , Reese is able to go through those tough times and recover smoothly."
- Message from Reese's doctor, pictured above.

Today we celebrate new livers for two brave little boys.  We celebrate life where there was death.  Hope where there was despair.  Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

An 'Egg-cellent' Adventure

This week the morning preschool kids got to go on a very exciting journey.  They piled into a couple of electric carts and set off down road, over the bridge and along the path by the river... the wonderful open-air market close to the New Day campus.  Asher carried the 'basket'...

...and Camilla carried the money.  She carefully considered handing over the cash - was it a good price?

The purchase is completed!  But what did they buy?

Eggs to decorate for Easter, of course.  What a fun little outing, and we can't wait to see the decorated eggs when they are done.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NDSouth: On the Farm

We have a new favorite book in preschool. The kids love it because not only are many of the animals in the in the song "Old McDonald's Farm," but they love putting their face in it and making the noise the animal makes. 

"Old McDonald had a farm.... E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm, he had a sheep! E-I-E-I-O!
Baaa, baaa here and a baaa, baaa there. Here a baaa, there a baaa, everywhere a baaa, baaaa!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a dog, E-I-E-I-O! With a woof, woof here and a woof, woof there.
Here a woof, there a woof, everywhere a woof, woof!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a rooster, E-I-E-I-O! With a cock-a-doodle-doo and a cock-a-doodle-doo.
Here a, there a, everywhere-a!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O! With a oink, oink here and a oink, oink there.
Here an oink, there an oink, everywhere an oink oink!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O! With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a cat, E-I-E-I-O! With a meow, meow here and a meow, meow there.
Here a meow, there a meow, everywhere a meow, meow!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Therapy Tuesday: Learning to sign with Lilian

As we've mentioned before, Esther is New Day's current star signer! A few months ago we introduced signing to all the foster home staff and children, and its going really well. Lilian sends out new signs each month and we all try to practice them and use them with the children. Its amazing how quickly all the children have picked up on signing, and its really helping their language development and communication.

Esther is rather a pro at signing. She attends speech therapy each day with Lilian and they find inventive ways to learn different things and practice new skills.

Once of the new signs recently has been 'water' and so this has given many opportunities for fun! How about learning the signs for 'boat' at the same time and then playing with boats on the water? Sounds like fun to Esther! Lilian made some lovely little boats using origami and then Esther practised blowing them across the water and signing too.

Lilian has such a great relationship with all the kids and really manages to make sessions fun and very educational at the same time. Esther now signs a lot throughout the day, and will happily teach others the signs too! 

This post was written by our Occupational Therapist, Jenny

Monday, April 14, 2014

Adam and Annabel

You've seen the pictures of our beautiful backyard, but have you ever read the story of our gardener? Adam has been at New Day for six years now, and his wife Hannah works as a nanny in the Foster Home.

Adam works hard to keep the backyard tidy and in bloom.  When the kids come out to play though, another pretty little flower often demands his attention.

When she lived upstairs in the baby room, one of Annabel's main nannies was Adam's wife,  Hannah.

Our children call all the nannies 'mama', so what else would Annabel call Adam but 'baba' ('daddy')?  She does, and it is one of the sweetest things ever.

Annabel is often shy, but with those she knows and trusts, like Adam and Hannah, her sweet little personality shines out.

Annabel is such a loved little girl.  It's a joy to watch her smile and play in a garden tended with love, and to see her walk hand-in-hand with Adam.  Her Amazing Story has intersected with Adam's story of hope and redemption, and it is beautiful to watch.