Children love to play at being grown-ups. The activities that they imitate in their play-sessions give a real insight into their experience of life. Many children enjoy pretending to cook, or shop, or fix the car...
Gan Lu caught Nelson and Mark having a sweet little 'check-up'. Dr Nelson knew just what to do with the stethoscope.
Then it was Mark's turn to be the doctor, and he didn't seem quite so sure what to do. Nelson had to help out...
Dr Mark lost interest in using the stethoscope and had a think about alternative treatments for his patient.
Uh-oh, it looks like he thinks surgery is necessary!
2014 is almost over and it has been our usual special
mixture of amazing/busy/fun/tough!It’s
not easy to narrow down the blog posts, so we’ve cheated just a little,
and we hope you’ll enjoy this little look back at the year. Click the links to read the posts that you missed (or want to enjoy again!).
2014 was full of…
So many arrivals and departures, sometimes even 'two by two'. Do you remember when Eli, Charlotte AND Judah arrived?
Hearing that a child has been matched with their forever family is one of our favorite things, and we've been able to enjoy playing 'the asterisk game' more than 20 times this year!
Matching Madness , when seven kids got matched in seven days, was so awesome. And Lucy/Hannah's big news...? Happy tears!
There is plenty of happiness around here, even in the midst of medical struggles and painful loss. There is a whole lot of Happy crammed into this video, and this one, featuring some fun glimpses of more than 30 New Day graduates.
We get to see a whole lot of amazing kindness and generosity too. There is the very touching story of a a very special gift for Talia, and another thoughtful person sent some special sand that has been very well-used in therapy sessions. Our volunteers are so generous with their time, like when Denise gave up six weeks to be here, being just what Iris needed.
Fun Field Trips
New Day is a wonderful place, but sometimes it's good to good to take the kids out to experience the big wide world. Do you remember 'Swagman' (a.k.a. Seth)'s Field Trip to the wildlife park? How about the time we picked (and ate) strawberries?
As well as telling you all about nannies and foster families, hopefully we've now also told you everything you ever wanted to know about adoption from New Day and our children's names! Please let us know if you have any topics that you would like us to address on the blog in 2015.
The New Day Song
A blog year would not be complete without a beautiful guest blog post by former long-term volunteer and blog writer, Carrie. From The New Day Song:
"Each time I come back to this place, the faces of the children are new – but the song is the same. It's a song of hope and redemption and restoration. A song that says while the past may be full of bitterness, brokenness, and tragedy, today is a New Day and it is worth singing about. A song that says though the world might see these children as beyond hope, worthless, even discarded, they have value and unimaginable worth."
Here's to more hope and redemption and restoration in 2015.We look forward to telling you all about it!
When Rina first arrived into our care she was a very sad little girl....
...and so you can hardly imagine what an encouragement it was to arrive at the orphanage and see THIS:
Rina literally smiles on demand now. "Smile, Rina" is all we have to say and she lights up.
She knows she is loved! All we have to do to get her to smile is to make eye contact, say her name, touch her or kiss her.
From the broken little one who stared so sorrowfully at the camera, to a precious little girl who knows that she is precious, we have witnessed an incredible transformation.
It's a Christmas miracle, performed beautifully by our loving nannies. They chose her - saw the broken pieces in her heart and determined to do what they could to help heal her heart. They loved her, intentionally and tenderly. Rina is becoming a new child, and we cannot wait to watch our little flower blossom.
On the day of our Christmas party, the gifts were piled high beneath the trees in the playroom and the preschool. Where did they all come from?
Shhh, don't tell the kids but the nice guy in the red suit didn't really bring them from the North Pole in a sled pulled by reindeer. They arrived in packages and boxes, mailed from across the world by generous folk who wanted to put a smile on some little faces this Christmas.
As the children received their gifts, admired the gift-wrap and tore them open, their expressions were a beautiful sight. So much joy and gladness, and there are A LOT of photographs.
We will post as many pictures as we can over the coming days of the kids opening and enjoying their gifts, but here are just a few to give you a glimpse...
It looks like Austyn was rather impressed with this gift, doesn't it?!
Millie quickly figured out a fun game with some of her new toys.
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