That's what we've been doing for the past 3.5 months. Can you believe it's been so long? For those of you who don't know...or if we never said it explicitly enough, the first three months with the girls were some of the most difficult of our lives. Slowly and surely, things are getting better and we're establishing routines. We're beginning to know what to expect from each other. The interesting thing is that the girls are both hard work...but also a reprieve when life is tough. They make us laugh with their beginner English and quirky ways. I'm starting to believe those people who tell me that things will look better and the girls will turn into a huge blessing for us. Although I don't see a lot of 'fruit' right now, I have hope.
Just a few photos to help our viewers get to know the girls.
They still love to eat everything and anything put before them. However, recently they've been telling us what they like and don't like. We hear this is a good sign because the child is having control over choices in their life. And Terrill and I aren't fond of eggplant, so how can we force these children to eat what they're not fond of? Above Janet is sampling both macaroni-n-cheese and jello. She liked both so was alternating the flavors.
Janet is our village girl and is constantly climbing on things (like at this pizza place). She used to climb trees pretty often and that experience has translated into our context....which is what we want. One of our prayers for these girls is that they can learn to be bi-cultural. We don't want them to lose/forget their native culture and tongue, but we also want them to fit into (or at least understand) our culture. Will you pray with us for these children? Eventually, they'll have to sort through their confusing past to discover their identity and where they came from. We're hoping that they can reconcile themselves to and even thrive as bi-cultural adults.