Sunday, May 18, 2014

Reminder to pray and Beach Day

Update for those praying with us about adoption.  
I just really wanted to remind people to continue to pray.  We have talked to a few people this week and without miracles taking place it looks like it will still be a long time for the children in our home and across this campus to be joined with their adoptive families.  Pray for the children, pray for the families, and pray for miracles to take place in the offices and governments involved!

I also wanted to share some photos from our Grace House beach day.  We took all of the aunts that work in our home and all of the children to the beach last week.  We have been wanting to do this for quite a while and finally worked it out so we could all go.  We loaded up in the van, which is a rarity for most of the children, and headed out.

It was a fairly quiet ride to the beach.  The children were busy watching out the windows and enjoying the scenery.  The aunts chatted quite a bit, and we all laughed at Paco's "wow!" when Dan took us a little fast over a speed bump.  

When we arrived at the beach the aunts went straight for the water.  They ran and laughed and put sand on each other and raced with the Willis kids and just had a great time.  The children were not as sure.  We played in the sand for a little while, and then tried to coax them into the water.  Fritzlin, Loudena, and Jacob were all afraid and held on very tightly to whoever was holding them.  They never really grew to like the water, but tolerated it a few times when we took them in.  Paco and Ezechiel loved sitting on the shore with someone and letting the waves wash over their feet.  They even smiled when the tide came in a little and the water came to their chest a few times.  

Everyone played in the sand together and a few of us took a walk to the hammocks.  We ate lunch together and the aunts were very grateful and thanked us several times.  The children ate great and I don't think there was a morsel left on the table when we finished.  

One of my favorite memories of the day was the ride home.  Dan suggested we do our evening worship on the way so we began singing and continued for the entire ride.  Such a privelege to worship alongside these ladies!  

Notice in the shot above....Fritzlin and Loudena couldn't smile for me because they were too concerned about the waves coming!

 Children of the Promise has given permission for the posting of the photos on this site.  Photos taken of  the children in the care of Children of the Promise are not to be posted publicly without explicit permission given by Children of the Promise.


  1. tears...that's all. just tears. (and a huge lump in my throat)

  2. Thank you so much for sharing parts of your day. Absolutely loved seeing the pictures and reading your words. Continuing to pray.

  3. What an amazing life: for everybody! Your children will be forever changed, but so will the aunties, you, and the children in your care.

  4. I love this! Thank you for sharing with us such a wonderful day. We love and miss you and are praying for you daily.