This past summer has come and gone way faster than I could have imagined.
School got out on the 12th of July and began on Monday! We all want a little more time of summer, yet some of us, more than others, are ready for fall, cold mornings and routine! I never really understood the necessity of routine that parents always talked about until I came here. “Routine” and “schedule” are some of my favorite words!
The first week of summer brought VBS in the mornings and a fun time for all the kids. The songs and crafts were great and are still stuck in our heads. After that, most of the kids left except for three: Juan, Luis and Natalia.
We all had such a sweet time over the next week with these three special ones. With Natalia being the only girl at the orphanage, she bunked in my room and we made a “Summer Activity List” that she could check off after accomplishing something. Her list included going to the movies, movie nights, cooking with the adults, eating hamburgers and a lot more. It was a little sad at first seeing her stay and be the only girl, but it worked out amazingly, praise God. Natalia and I read, watched movies, laughed, watched more movies (sorry Jason 😉 ), played in the rain, ate hamburgers, went on picnics, baked cookies and cinnamon rolls (thanks for your help, Jessie!) and went on many fun outings.
One of my favorite days was one Saturday when we still had Gladis and Angel with us. We all left in the morning, drove out to another town about an hour away to go for a picnic lunch. As we drove we stopped and saw some deer, made another stop at a gas station to stock up on snacks, another stop for coffee and strawberries and cream, then to the Mennonite Park! It was so beautiful driving in the Mennonite towns. Their grass was so green and perfectly cut, with gorgeous brick houses and amazing crystal windows. The park we went to had a huge playground for all the kids, little gazebos with bench seating and a little bookstore, that I had such a blast checking out.
During the drive, NeedToBreathe was playing on the speakers and snacks were getting eaten. The older kids all played soccer in the rain and mud and the younger kids had a blast playing on the massive park that included swings, slides, bridges and a little play car. We all enjoyed a nice sandwich and chip lunch inside the gazebos, a quick walk and some more soccer. On the drive home, we tried taking the scenic route and got stuck in the mud 🙂 Which was quite the adventure! We made it back in the pouring rain, relaxed, made a delicious dinner of stuffed peppers with ground beef and cheese wrapped in bacon. Then we all headed to bed.
The next few days included more relaxing, reading, cooking, laughter and nature walks down to the river. Cleaning and laundry were put on hold since there wasn’t much mess from the few kids that stayed. It rained cats and dogs for most of summer break, which I was very happy with!
Most all the kids started showing up that Sunday so our break was short-lived, but it was still such a blessing and so fun. Once all the kids came back, our schedule was a little off but we still had a lot of freedom to walk and play in the river, go to the store, play outside, watch movies, have Bible studies, cooking and anything else we could think of.
This past summer was my second one down here in Bachiniva and a truly blessed time. The Lord was so good to give me and all the staff some time to sleep, relax and dig into His word without rushing around and without so many distractions. I had such a blessed couple weeks with Natalia as the only girl here. We were able to bond like never before and she flourished immensely. She learned how to make cinnamon rolls and how to cook Spaghetti. Her love for reading grew as well as her desire to learn more about God and His Son Jesus.
Now with school in full swing, I know all of the staff are ready. Kids included. We all have high hopes of what this next year will bring. Although no day will pass without a little road bump, or a big one, everyone is ready, excited and waiting on the Lord as He continues to lead us and guide in this big ministry of His in raising and caring for 17 beautiful children.
- Prayer for all the kids: that they’d be excited for this new season of school. They’d all try their hardest and work unto the Lord and not for the praise of men.
- For myself, that I would use this next year to grow in the Lord, to put Him then the kids before myself. My biggest prayer is to have this next year be one of sacrifice and working to glorify Him and not myself.
- Please be in prayer also for all of the work that is to be accomplished. That all of us staff, myself especially, that we wouldn’t be so stressed and overwhelmed at everything that needs to get done. But that we’d worry about today only and let the Lord guide us each day as we wake up and seek Him.