A few videos from Edwin’s 10th birthday (read more and see pictures here)
In March we were blessed once again medically, this time by a local rehabilitation hospital that graciously donated a pair of form fitted braces for Carlos. The process of turning pieces of plastic into useful tools to help Carlos walk was so fascinating that we created a short video of the making of his orthotics.
Monday, February the 21st was Lidia’s 7th birthday! It’s amazing to see how she has grown up so fast. When we first came down, she was only 4 years old! Like we do with all the children, we celebrated her birthday, and we wanted to share some of the pictures and video from the day. Enjoy!
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And a video:
This year we put together another video of our children that I think turned out pretty well. This year’s video gives a little more insight into some of the stories of the children that live at Hope For Tomorrow Children’s Home and then talk a bit more of how we make sure each child reaches his or her God given potential. Check it out!
You may also be interested in watching last year’s video. It talks a bit more about the beauty and poverty of Guatemala. It’s also incredible to see how much our children have grown over a year. In this video Moses is just an infant, being rocked to sleep by Diana, but in the new video, he’s a grown boy, walking on his own! God is good!
On June 11th, the youngest member of our family turned 1! It’s seem like just yesterday that we picked up baby Moses from the courthouse, but here we are celebrating his first birthday! What an incredible treasure and a testimony of God’s faithfulness. It is amazing to me to see how much this precious boy has grown and developed in just 12 short months. Even though he was abandoned on the streets, most likely to die, the Lord had a different plan for this young boy, and it’s such a joy for us to witness and be part of it. I’m reminded of Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
While this verse pertains to all of us, it has special meaning for Moses, and we all look forward to the future that lays before our little Moses.
Below is a short video of us singing Happy Birthday to Moses. If you want to read about Moses’ arrival a year ago, follow this link: http://www.hope4tomorrow.net/updates/2009/07/our-new-baby-moses/
Last week the children had their mid year break from school, so we all jumped in the van and headed to the local pools. Despite the ice cold water, we all had a great time. We spent the morning swimming, then enjoyed a traditional steak lunch, and ended the day playing around and visiting the zoo. I’ve included a few pictures and some videos of our trip below.
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And here are some short videos for your enjoyment:
The second consecutive team we had this summer was led by co-founder Jennifer and she brought a group of her students down to do assessments on all of our children. The entire trip was incredible but probably the highlight was when we took the three oldest children, Miguel, Edwin, and Amelia, with us to Lake Atitlan. This beautiful lake is roughly 3 hours west of the city and is one of my favorite places to go. It’s got incredible views of a blue lake surrounded by 3 volcanos. It’s all so picturesque. But another big attraction there is a set of ziplines that zig zag down the mountain side and, throwing out parental reasoning, we took the three children! Needless to say, the they had a blast, as did we! Since they were children they had to go down with an adult. Edwin was strapped to me, Miguel went with one of our guides, and Amelia was with Kehla. I put together a quick video of the experience below. Enjoy!