Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 11: Too Much Excitement and NOT the Good Kind!

Maria's View-

Our little boy is just blossoming before our very eyes.  Every day just keeps getting better and better because he's trusting us more and more!  His beautiful little smile just  melts my heart. 
The weather is warming up and this evening, the nanny put him in shorts!  His skinny little legs are SO cute!  I just love this little stinker!

Today, we had the pleasure of meeting another precious little boy listed on Reece's Rainbow that I hoped to see at this orphanage!  He's adorable and the nanny let me shake his cute little hand.
I'm sorry for the short blog... I'm a little rattled by the events that happened today.  There were 4 bombings that happened about 20 mins from us and I'm praying hard that it doesn't happen again.  I'm going to cut this short tonight and spend some extra time talking to my babies!
I keep telling myself that we came here because God sent us and He will provide the hedge of protection that we need to get our son safely out of here.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.  Psalm 91:4-8

Please pray for the people who were injured by these bombs.  As of right now, I don't think there are any deaths, Praise God.  But please, pray that we remain safe and that God will help us get our little one out of here with no problems.

Chris's View:
Alright dudes!  That's enough of that garbage!  We were planning a trip into the city center tomorrow to go find some souvineers at the market we went to last weekend, but yeah, not so much anymore.  I have been around bombings and mortars and rockets and things such as this before, but this time it's a little more personal.  I mean, I have a wife & kid here I need to protect.

As soon as our facilitator called and told us of the events downtown, I immediately went into Force Protection mode.  Those of ya'll in the military, or have been in the military since the Kobar Towers attack in 1996, can relate to what I am going through.  We get this stuff drilled into us and we must redo the CBT's (Computer Based Training for those of ya'll not up on the military lingo) each year, and to many of us, it becomes so repetitive that it seems like a joke.  Rest assured, that knowledge is stuck in there in one of those little brain folds.  It was almost as if I was running a checklist on the entire situation.

Enough of that, hopefully it won't happen again, and it will turn out to be some stupid soccer fans or something.

Today was pretty good... man it's getting hot.  I am missing my shorts right now!  All I brought was jeans and my court outfit.  At least I had sense enough to pack my Under Armor Polo shirts.  Those keep me somewhat cool in these temps.  It was 87 today, and only forcast to get hotter as the days and weeks go by.

As we sat on our normal bench this morning before our visit, we talked about the artwork that decorates the interior walls of the orphanage compound.  It seemed like fairy tales from this culture.  Sure enough, when we got to lunch, I checked and they are.  I plan on doing an entire blog post about them, so we are going to try to get pics of all the major pieces of artwork... maybe we can do our little dude's walls in these fairy tales.  Maria thinks I'm nuts, but he may really like these pictures!
Above the main piece of art we gaze at when we sit on our bench, we see an apartment building.  It is nothing to look at really, in fact, it is almost a constant reminder to these children of the conditions that lay in wait for them on the other side of the orphanage walls.  It struck me, and I looked at several other buildings today just to be sure, but this culture has a weird construction method.  They build in boxes.  Almost as if you don't pay your rent, some magic arm will move up the outside of the building, grab your apartment, pull it out and dump the contents, place it back and disappear again.  It is pretty crazy, almost modular.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a little less tense.

See ya'll tomorrow.

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