Friday, April 20, 2012

"They take care of each other" -Hayden

'Tis a beautiful thing to witness a child who receives so little,  willingly give SO much. 

 "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."
                                                                           - Pablo Casals 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"I think Heavenly Father and Jesus love them and miss them" -Aubree

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; 
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter...

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, 
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
                                   -Romans 8:35-39

"Can a woman forget her sucking child,
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?
yea, they may forget,
yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands"
                                                  -Isaiah 49:15-16

~A painting of some of the children in the OSSO special needs orphanage.
by Del Parson~

Monday, April 16, 2012

“Sometimes they eat the same things over and over again, but they don’t complain.” -Jacob

We were blessed to spend time in four different orphanages.  
There were differences between each orphanage, but there were always a few common factors: 
First and foremost-- the kids were ALWAYS cute! 
Second-- the orphanages were always understaffed.   
With six children I often feel that my own home is understaffed as well.... 
but this was a whole new level.  
It was a great blessing for our family to be able to help out in these orphanages 
and spend time meeting the basic needs of these sweet children.  
Much of our time was often spent feeding the kids who needed extra help.  
What a blessing it was to see their sincere gratitude for food... 
even when it was the same meal day after day.  

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
 but rejoices for those which he has."

Friday, April 13, 2012

"They don't have very much at all, but they are happy and laugh" -Seth

Some orphanages were better off than others.  
Some were poorly staffed with 40 children per 2 workers.  
One toilet for the entire orphanage of 50 children.  
Running water was hit and miss.   
Therapy and medical help for children with special needs was infrequent.  
Other orphanages had more funds available to them and were much better off.   
But regardless of the conditions… 
the children smiled.

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness
 and just be happy."
-Robert Brault

"One joy scatters a 100 griefs"
-Chinese Proverb

"Happiness is found in the quiet and simple moments of life."

"Gather the crumbs of happiness 
and they will make you a loaf of contentment"
- Author Unknown

 "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience 
of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
-Denis Waitley