So, hear are some pictures.
This little girl, I've written about before. She probably has broken my heart the most, for the empty look I have seen in her eyes, as if she has just checked out because it is all too painful. I've really never seen her smile before and she is most often in her crib alone. Her twin brother died at the orphanage 6 months ago. She is about 16 months old. She doesn't sit or roll. She doesn't interact, and I've seen very few facial expressions. She holds her arms and hands close to her body all the time. Yesterday, my friend who came with us, held her for a lot of our visit. And we both were about in tears, not only was she smiling, but she laughed! Two big things have happened in her life in the last two weeks. She is fed formula, which she desperately needs, and fed it often, which means she is held a lot. And she is touched and loved. It seems like a little thing, to see a child smile, but it isn't, it is an amazing thing, it is a miracle, it is a blessing, it is life giving and affirming.
The above picture is from a 1 1/2 months ago.
I've written about this little guy too. He is the skinniest and sickliest baby there. He is about 10 months old, and every time I visit I am terrified because I half expect to hear that he has died. He probably weighed 5 lbs when I first met him. His name is Moise. One thing I have learned about this little boy is that he has an indomitable spirit! It is amazing to me that such a little body can house such a spirit. Whenever I see him he is reaching out, those little hands reaching out to whoever comes his way. Anyway, this is him yesterday. Look back at some of my older posts and you will see why even now as I write this I am crying. I hardly recognized him! He actually has cheeks!! He had been getting watered down powdered cow's milk with porridge three times a day up until two weeks ago! Here he is about to fall asleep. He sat in a mamas lap during the training and at one point all the mamas had to show me how good he looked (they were so proud) and he was smiling up a storm. If that isn't a good day, I don't know what is!!
Isla is waking from her nap. I will finish tonight, there is more!