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Mother’s Day

8744939253_ba0cd3c786_zThis year for Mother’s Day, we planned a special afternoon to celebrate all the fantastic mothers we have here at Hope for Tomorrow. The afternoon started with their favorite food, KFC, for lunch. It was a bonus that no one had to cook! After lunch, the kids had prepared special presentations to tell the moms just how much they love them. Delmy worked with the younger kids on a skit, Amelia and Katy did a dance, and Lidia and Edwin recited poems about how special mothers are. After that, each kid spoke about how much they love their moms and just how much they mean to them. We are so blessed to have such great women to pour into our children.

Below are pictures from our Mother’s Day celebration.

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Founder’s Visit

Brenda and Jennifer came down towards the end of September mostly to see the children, but they like to say that it’s to plan and meet!!  Sure, we did a lot of planning and meeting and talking, but we also spent a lot of time with the children.  One of the activities that the children always love is swimming and every time Brenda and Jennifer come they always ask if we’re going swimming!  It’s like that aunt or grandparent that always buys you ice cream every time you see them.  Anyway, here are some pictures from the few days they were here.

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Christmas Photos Are Up!

Lidia and Amelia with their giftWe had a really great time celebrating Christmas with the staff and children and like always we took a lot of pictures (and video).  You can jump to the photo gallery here and take a look at all the fun we had celebrating this wonderful time of year.

We were also able to stream the entire event and a few of you were fortunate to catch the event live.  I say “fortunate” because unfortunately, due to a technically glitch, I made the mistake of not recording the video as it was streaming so if you missed it, well, there isn’t a way I can get it back.  So live and learn.  But you’ll just have to take my word for it that we had a lot of fun and the pictures and video will help illustrate that!

Christmas Videos

We really had a blast during our Christmas celebration and you can see some pictures of the day here.  But we also grabbed a little bit of video from the day.  First up is video from our Gift Wrapping Game we did with the staff during our Christmas Lunch, and the after is the video of the Children doing their choreography.  Enjoy!

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Welcome Delmy

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Our new teacher Delmy

As I mentioned in a previous post, our incredible teacher Rosa has left us, which left us in quite a predicament.  Not only did we have to find someone to fill the position of teacher, but more importantly, we had to find someone that would truly love the children and give their all to help them grow.  We knew that this teacher would have such an important part in the development of our children so it was of upmost importance for us to find someone that would be able to accomplish this.

For months we spread the word verbally, took out ads in the local newspaper, and announced the position online, trying to get as many candidates as possible to choose from.  After screening over 30 phone calls, and interviewing 10 people, we were able to narrow it down to 3 people.  While all 3 people were great choices and would have worked out fantastically, there was one person that stood out, and really fulfilled all the requirements that we were looking for in our teacher.  She was dynamic, had the necessary training, had an obvious love of children, had experience as a school principal, and had even volunteered before working with special needs children.  It didn’t take long for us to make our decision and that day we hired our new teacher: Delmy Vasquez.

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Her first job was to organize all the school supplies!

Fast forward to today, more than a month later, and it is obvious that we made a great decision.  In just a short amount of time, she has already adapted to the children and they have grown really fond of her.  She has incredible patience (which is important, especially working with Edwin!!), has taken tons of initiative (she’s transformed the home with wonderful drawings and figures that she’s put on the walls of the home), and has already begun to involve the staff in the activities that she is doing.

So, even though I’m a little late, I am pleased to introduce you to our new teacher, Delmy.  We’re excited to have her with us and are even more excited to see what the future holds.




Four Birthday’s

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Well this has been the month of birthdays. First we started with Ruth, and then Carlos, and on Monday we celebrated Edwin, Luis Fernando, Martha, and Evelyn’s birthday! Six birthday in a 3 week time frame! Edwin turned 8, Luis celebrated his first birthday, and Martha and Evelyn…well I think they turned 21 or 22…but I didn’t dare ask! Since were celebrating so many birthdays and since we hadn’t really done anything special for the children in a while, Diana had the wonderful idea of taking the children to the small amusement park that is close by. The pictures do a better job of explaining the great time we had, but I did want to mention one thing. Since the majority of the rides are for the older children we bought more tickets for them, but when they saw that their little brothers and sisters were out of tickets, they openly shared the ones they had so that they could all enjoy the rides together. It’s just another example of how these children watch after one another and truly act like a family. So click here to see the pictures of this incredible day!

Happy Birthday Ruth

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The vision we have for Hope For Tomorrow Children’s Home extends far beyond just the children at our home and includes the staff and their families as well. We strive to insure that our caretakers are loved and cared for and that their emotional, spiritual, and personal needs are met, knowing that this in turn will allow them to have an even greater impact in the lives of our children. One of the ways we do this is to celebrate birthdays, something that I have come to realize is such an important part of our lives (whether we want to admit it or not). It’s a chance for us to say, “Praise the Lord, for creating such a wonderful person like you, and we want to celebrate your life, your gifts, and the fact that you are an important part of our family.”

Well, two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to do this with Ruth, one of the most important staff members we have. Night and day she diligently serves the children and staff and does an amazing job keeping everything running smoothly. Her knowledge of the legal system has been vital to us these first few months and I really don’t know what we would do without her. So it was an honor to be able to celebrate her birthday and express to her just how important she is to us. Please lift up a prayer for Ruth and all the hard work she does on a daily basis.
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