Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A visit from family
We mostly stayed around the mission today. Kerwin took a bath this morning and had a good time. He played Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Don't Break the Ice for the first time and loved them. Hungry, Hungry Hippos was great for practicing our counting. He's almost got all of the major colors now.
This afternoon was more exciting. Kerwin's birth mother came to visit which she does every week or so and this time she brought Kerwin's sister with her, whom I had never met before. Her name is Le' (pronounced Leah)and she if four years old. She is pictured above with Kerwin and alone. We only had an interpretor for a few minutes so that is all I learned. I told the mother that we still hadn't heard when we would be going to Port-au-Prince but I would let her know as soon as we found out. She and the birth father have to go with us to finalize the US portion of the adoption. We hung out for a while with the other kids from Heaven's Waiting Room. I also included some of their pictures as well.
Mary Julie is eating a mango from one of the trees at the mission. I have never been here during mango season so this is the first time I have experienced the mango craze. Everyday, the Heaven's Waiting Room kids come to sit outside under the trees and Rolgard, one of their caregivers, tries to knock down mangos from the trees to give to the kids. He's pretty good at it. He finds the ripe ones and then throws a ball up at them and they just fall down. People scramble for them when they fall. It is quite an ordeal. I have tried them and they are just so-so. They taste okay but they are really stringy and leave pieces between your teeth that require immediate dental floss. They're just not worth it to me so I would rather just let the ones who really like them have them.
It rained hard again tonight. One of the trips today had to be cancelled because of the road conditions and the height of the river (which you have to drive through). Tomorrow we will probably try to go out visiting again and I have a meeting in the morning with Kerwin's teachers and one of the missionaries to discuss starting a deaf ministry here at the mission. But more on that tommorrow. Have a great day.