It’s been a little over two weeks since I’ve been home from serving at New Day Foster Home.
What an amazing place! I didn’t want to leave….
Since being home, I find myself thinking about what time of day it is and what the children are doing.
I sure do miss playing with the babies and making them smile. We read books and played roll the ball. Their squeals and giggles were contagious! I especially loved meal time with the babies! Talk about an exciting time, as they knew exactly what was coming. They ate their food like little pros and didn’t mess around when it came to taking their bottles. I got to hold a few of the babies when it was bottle time. I remember just looking at each innocent little face and wondering what His plan was for them. I sang to them and talked to them and promised them that He was always with them and loved them. These are sweet memories.….
I miss the toddlers & preschool kiddos as we played outside on the swings and bikes. One little boy insisted that I get on the seesaw with him for some fun. I did….. and, let’s just say, my legs were really feeling it for the next few days. I’d do it all over again, though, to see the happiness on his face as he went up and down. I also loved watching the kids play with Tom, the resident dog at New Day. Tom seems to know just when the kids need a little extra affection. I watched him give numerous doggie kisses to all of the children.
The little ones at New Day have such joy! This is obviously a result of the genuine love and care that the nannies and staff provide. Several times, I got caught up in watching the nannies and kids interact. It was a beautiful thing to watch when a little one was unhappy for some reason and their nanny would pick them up and love on them just like I would to my own children. The nannies love the children and it is so evident. In turn, the children know how to accept love and show love and affection to others. Getting to spend time with the children at New Day was truly a gift that will stay with me forever. I am so grateful for the experience that He allowed me!
This post was written by one of our volunteers, Jennifer
A few months ago we got a call about a newly abandoned baby with a very serious heart defect. The orphanage contacted us, asking if we could help. Sadly, we had no open beds. We had to say no. It hurt. But we hoped that the little one would survive, we hoped that she would hang on and prove the cynical reports of the doctors wrong. We wanted for her to have life.
A few weeks ago the orphanage contacted us again. The little one was still hanging on, and this time, because of a few recent adoptions, we were able to say "yes."
Adia arrived at New Day Foster Home on July 10th.
She was rushed straight to the hospital for a full evaluation We were sure that she would be scheduled soon for surgery. We hoped that surgery would be possible.
The news was almost too good to be true. Somehow, for some unknown reason, Adia's heart was not as serious as before believed. In fact, she didn't need surgery right away at all! We brought Adia straight home to New Day, rejoicing that she wouldn't have to stay at the hospital... rejoicing that she had hope.
There isn't really any other explanation for Adia's healing other than a miracle. That's okay, we don't need another explanation. A miracle is just fine by us.
Please join us in welcoming our flower, Adia. We can't wait to watch her blossom!
It takes at least two months for the subtle
signs of Biliary Atresia to manifest, to be more than just jaundice and
discomfort; for parents to begin to worry about their fussy little baby
whose skin is turning more and more yellow. Worry turns to horror when a
doctor explains the reality of Biliary Atresia: expensive surgeries,
uncertain prognosis, local hospital's inability to perform the surgery,
medicines that would cost them everything they own... an extremely high
chance that the child would need a liver transplant as soon as possible
and a lower than low chance that an organ would ever become available
for their son.
Mark was born on a crisp day in November in a southeastern
province of China. Four months later he was abandoned at the local
hospital. The police searched for his parents but couldn't find him and
Mark was taken to the orphanage. When he arrived at the orphanage he was
very jaundiced. A generally content baby, Mark was always in
discomfort. The local hospital confirmed that he had Biliary Atresia but
there was nothing that they could do. Ill-equipped to save his life,
yet holding on to the belief that no child should be given up on, the
orphanage contacted New Day Foster Home. They asked us to save his life.
June, seven-month old Mark arrived into our care. We had never seen a
little one with such severe and progressed liver disease. Mark's abdomen
was so distended he could not roll over. He was in continual pain and
comforting him was a huge job for our nannies. But we discovered that he
loved to be interacted with, that when he was feeling his best he would
delight us with a sweet laugh and that he loved to go outside.
A month after he arrived we admitted Mark into a hospital in
Beijing that specialized in liver disease. They had successfully found
livers for two of our other children who had needed liver transplants -
beating the odds and proving that miracles do indeed happen. The
hospital promised to try, while at the same time reminding us that organ
donation is so unusual in China that Mark had little chance of getting
an organ. Meanwhile visitors, hearing the stories of our other miracle
children announced in awe that "it's impossible for an orphan to receive
is currently very sick and in the beginning stages of liver failure.
The doctors have told us that he doesn't have much time left and are
working double-time to find him a liver. It's his only hope.
Not only are Mark's chances slim, but his costs are high. The
surgery will cost $35,000. But we were willing to take the risk and love
Mark, bring him in and give him a chance at life. We're also willing to
pay the high costs for his surgery... when a little boy's life is at
stake, how can you say no?
Today we are giving you an opportunity to play a part in Mark's Miracle. Please know that we won't postpone Mark's surgery if it has not been fully funded.
Right now, Mark is in the hospital fighting for his life but we are
thankful that he has a loving nanny by his side at all times providing
him with the tender loving care that is so essential for survival. What can you do?
Give a donation towards Mark's medical costs by making a one-time donation to our Medical and Surgical fund and putting "Mark's Miracle" in the memo.
Get your kids involved! We are arranging for "Get Well Soon" cards to
be carried over for Mark. Encourage your children to write prayers or
blessings for Mark and then do their best artwork. E-mail Hannah Samuels for mailing information.
By participating in this fundraiser you are helping to save not
just one child's life, but you are giving orphans all around China a
hope and a future. Thank you
Once upon a time there was a beautiful lady. She was a princess and made her home with the fairies who magically braided her raven black hair into pastel-colored braids.
She wasn't vain, per say, but she sure did enjoy looking at herself in the mirror. She knew that she was lovely, as did...
...a very handsome prince. The prince had to wear a mask because his handsomeness was so great that any normal lady would swoon at sight of him.
The princess wasn't normal, though. She had special eyes that saw past outside-looks and saw into the heart of each person. When she met the prince, she saw only his kind heart and the way he remembered others and tried to make them feel comfortable and important.
The prince and the princess had a lot in common and so they bonded closely over important things like dress-up outfits, their ABCs and which new English words they had learned.
Eventually the Prince made a decision and he posed a question to the beautiful little princess.
It was a very important question, so he held her hand while he asked it. The prince was very gentlemanlike and didn't want the princess to feel uncomfortable and he wanted her to answer with a steady heart.
"Will you... play on the swings with me?" he gently asked.
She nodded happily, and they both waited for their preschool teachers to help them change out of their outfits so that they could run outside to play.
When Lucy first started coming to Occupational Therapy she
wanted to play- there were many new toys, so much to explore in the therapy
room and she found it hard work doing the activities I asked her to do.
However, as the days passed we got to know each other. Lucy has so much
personality, so much fun inside of her and so much desire to love and be loved.
She started to enjoy the challenges set for her, and worked hard to receive
praise at the end of a great session.
One of the goals I set for Lucy when we started to work
together was for her to be able to jump three times without any help. This
initially seemed a mammoth task- her best attempts at jumps were more lopsided
gallops, and often ended in her landing in a pile on the floor in a fit of
giggles! But together we have persevered- we have worked on balance and
strength, giving her the support from her pelvis to enable her legs to
co-ordinate themselves into a jump. We have practiced jumping regularly and
rejoiced together at the fast progress she has made with this practice; Lucy’s
face the first time she jumped when holding my hands was amazing and beautiful-
a picture of pride, joy and self-confidence.
As the weeks have continued, Lucy has made further progress
on an almost daily basis. We have been working on jumping down small steps
holding hands. As always, we have a routine- together, in Chinese we say ‘one,
two, three… JUMP’. On ‘jump’, Lucy will bend her legs, her knees and leans
forwards (occasionally the difference between this and a Chinese squat is
negligible!) but she will then rise with a leap and land on the next step, a
huge smile spreading over her face and a round of applause ready for herself.
Today, for the first time, Lucy jumped down the steps just holding one hand…
what a wonderful achievement for a girl who 6 weeks ago could not jump at all!
Well done Miss Lucy!
Although jumping to me an you may seem a small, irrelevant achievement, to sweet Lucy it is one of the most significant things in her little
world. It is such a privilege to be able to help the kids at New Day achieve
their goals, and witnessing their joy following the hard work and struggles
brings unimaginable satisfaction; thank-you Lucy.
This post was written by our Occupational Therapist, Jenny
Our kids get their pictures taken.... a lot. Whether it's for the website, blog, Facebook page, scrapbooks, etc. Needless to say, they learn early on what a camera is and what it does. Fisher and Asa recently decided that they wanted to take pictures as well and made cameras of their own out of the giant legos!
"Say cheese!" - Fisher
Wow Asa, that's a big camera you have there!
"Just need to get a different angle..." - Asa
How does it look, Fisher?
You boys may very well be photographers one day! Whatever you do, we know that you be great at it and follow your dreams.
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