Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

NDN: Spring Birthdays!



We celebrated four birthdays last week for our March-May birthday kiddos!
Isaiah turned two, Caleb turned three, Michael turned six and Clara is soon to be three! Big parties are the most fun, so we celebrated all together with cake and candles and lots of singing.
  
Presents are pretty fun, too! Caleb got a new shirt and some coloring stuff.


Clara and her nanny opened up her birthday presents together. That pink top is going to look so nice on her!


 Ok, time for cake! Those sprinkles sure do look tasty, don't they, kids? Three candles for Caleb...


Clara: "You go first, Caleb, I'm not sure how to do this. Are you sure this is safe?"


...and he goes for it! Nice work, Caleb!


Ok, it's Clara's turn now!

Your turn, Isaiah!



Wow - six candles sure is a lot. Michael joined our little family in July of last year, so this is the first birthday that we've been able to celebrate with him. What fun!


Not sure what to do, Michael? It's okay, we'll help you...


Michael got a book for his birthday, and he loves having it read to him. There are few things better than being read to by your nanny.



 
Happy, happy birthday, precious ones! You are so very much loved and celebrated. We love celebrating with you so much, but we all hope that you will get to celebrate your next birthdays with forever families. Until then...  let's eat some cake.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

NDNorth: Welcome Ruth!

Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls of all ages... join us here at New Day North in welcoming our newest arrival!


Ruth joined our little family here recently, and is the newest member of our Special Needs Care and Training Center (read all about our projects in Inner Mongolia HERE)

Ruth is five years-old and has a neurological disorder that has made it really hard for her to keep up with her peers, but changes nothing about who she is as a precious and precocious little girl! Just within her first few days here with us, she has gone from drinking a bottle to a cup, is figuring out how to feed herself (with help!) and can sit up in just about any chair we set her in. She even asks to get into the stander to help develop some leg muscles. This girl is amazing!

She cannot talk, but when we asked if she was happy to be here with us, she definitely communicated, "yes!" and the transition from her orphanage to our care seems to be going well.


Lydia carried her into the foster home, and Frank and Shua Li (Veronica) had some "welcome flowers" for her. Shua Li was SO excited to have a sister to play with, and Frank is enjoying having someone to learn from. These three are going to have a blast together... and probably get into a lot of mischief.





Thursday, May 4, 2017

3 Little Men and 2 Little Ladies

In the past month we have had 5 new arrivals so we wanted to take an opportunity to introduce them to you!

Charlie is 9 months old and was born with a heart defect. When he first arrived he was a little reserved but it didn't take long for us to see his big smiles!




Charlie is super observant and enjoys cuddling with his nannies. We are excited to see him continue to grow and learn new things.




Abner is 5 months old and was born with a heart defect.


It didn't take too long for Abner to be surrounded by his adoring big 'brothers' and 'sisters'!




Abner's heart surgery will be scheduled soon as we look forward to seeing the difference that makes in his life.



Faith just turned 1 year! She was born with a heart defect.



Faith is a sweet girl with a quiet personality. She loves to be held and is starting to explore the world around her.



Anna is 6 months old. Anna was born with an ophthalmic issue and a heart defect.



Anna is continuing to explore her new environment and we love seeing her sweet little personality.



Stuart is 5 months old and was born with GI and urological issues.



Stuart quickly won everyone's hearts with his big observant eyes and beautiful smile!





We are honored to care for these 5 newest additions. We know that they have challenges ahead, but we also know the difference that love, laughter, and cuddles will make in their lives!