Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Our little Addison always makes us chuckle. Take the picture above, for example. If you tell her "deng wo," she'll roll her eyes at you. Loosely translated, deng wo means glare at me. Again, sometimes we encourage the children to do things that are probably parentally inappropriate, but they make us laugh and we can't help ourselves.
In an entirely unrelated bit of cuteness, Addison has been amusing us with her new walking habit. Addison recently learned to walk, and now she really goes! This girl does not want to slow down, but evidently she also fell one too many times in the process of learning. As a result, she's incredibly careful with any perceived roadblocks in her way. If she comes up to a step, she'll get down on her hands and knees and crawl over it.
The other day, all of the children were going on a walk, and Addison was happily toddling along in front of the group. All of a sudden she came upon a painted line in the road. She stopped short of the line and stood there eyeing it. One of our staff members encouraged her to keep going, but she wouldn't budge. In fact, all the rest of the children passed by and she still waited. Our staff member wasn't sure why she wasn't moving, and so she encouraged Addison once more to keep walking.
Addison got down on her hands and knees, crawled over the line, and promptly stood up to run and catch up with the group. Now we've noticed that anytime she sees anything that might possibly impede her progress -- whether it is a step, a painted line, a transition from grass to cement, or a crack in the sidewalk -- she insists on crawling over it! We know it won't be long until she grows out of this quirky little habit, but for now we think it is quite cute!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Kevin has a complex heart problem for which surgery is not available here in China. Our friends at Lifeline are trying very hard to find a family for this special little boy and get him home as soon as possible so he can get the medical help he needs.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
No doubt this experience presented her with many ‘firsts’, since baking and sweet desserts are not commonplace here in China, but Elizabeth had a great time mixing, stirring and watching the pie transform in the oven. She was very proud of the finished product and quite insistent that all in the Healing Home share in the fruits of her labor – the children were of course glad to comply, but the nannies needed a bit of coaxing to eat something that sweet!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Putting the button on your site is just one more way that you can help us Spread the Word!
Anyway... today is Lauren's last day as an intern at NDFH. She has been such an asset to our team for the last year, and we're really going to miss her. Lauren took a year off between high school and college to come volunteer at NDFH, and now it's time for her to go back and get ready for school. We know she's moving on to great things, but she will still be sorely missed.
We love you Lauren!
Thank you for giving selflessly, loving endlessly, and serving enthusiastically!
Monday, May 11, 2009
You can enter the raffle on her website. All monies raised from the raffle will go to our foster home's formula project... and who knows! You might get a cute blog out of the deal!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Though we don't condone hitting, we admit that we did sit back for a few minutes and watch Annie and Addison discover the reality of cause and effect. We hope this video makes you chuckle a little... and never fear - no children were harmed in the making of this video.
If you watch closely, you'll notice that first Addison hits Annie (in the pink). Then Annie tries to hit back, but she can't quite reach her mark. So, while carefully dodging Addison's further attempts at a boxing match, Annie pulls her target a bit closer to her. Once she's in a closer range, success is ensured!
We think this proves little Annie thinks quick on her feet! And, we also ended the mini-brawl right after we got the video... is it terrible that we let it go on for the sake of a cute video?!
But like any experienced cook, she soon decided to just dig in and forget exact measurements.
Now just a pinch of salt...
We just loved this video of Jack going to town with his birthday cake. This little boy has learned that good things are best eaten quickly... after all, there's a better chance for seconds, that way! Maybe he's taken lessons from our puppy when he picked up this highly efficient technique. Whatever the case, we think he's absolutely precious. Not sure if his foster mom will appreciate the laundry that she gets to do after this escapade, though! Oh well. Boys will be boys.