BIRTHDAYS!

I probably get asked three or four times a day by different kids “cuando voy a cumplir?”?? “When is it going to be my birthday?”?? The kids love their birthday.?? In a family of 28, having a special day just for you means a lot to them.?? We celebrate by having a little birthday party after dinner.?? They get a new toy and a new outfit.?? Every month we take out the kids who’ve had a birthday and they get to invite one guest to go with them.?? Usually the kids pick their siblings.?? This week we’ve celebrated four birthdays!?? Daniel turned four on Sunday and??Tuesday was Eliseo, Esau and Jacobo’s birthday (they don’t seem to mind sharing their special day).?? They each got their own cake and we sang happy birthday three times.?? Tia Ana, one of the care givers who has been with us for several years now, had the twins bedroom decorated with balloons when they got home from school.?? ?????? Kevin was in the hospital again for a few days because his hemoglobin was low.?? He is back at home now and is doing fine.?? Please keep his adoption in your prayers.?? In a few days Angie Gruss is coming down for several weeks.????Angie is an RN and we are so excited for her to come and work with Kevin.??
?????? Thanks again for all your love and support.?? If you ever want to send the children a birthday card or just a note to say hello, our mailing address is:
Ministerio Amor y Esperanza
P.O. Box #10 Correos de El Salvador Sucursal Galerias Escalon
2ndo Nivel
San Salvador, El Salvador

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Spring Break

The kids have had the whole week off of school.?? This week (holy week) is like their spring break.?? We went to the park for a few hours on Wednesday and the kids got to go up the mountain (the one right behind Love and Hope) yesterday.?? Today we went to see Alice in Wonderland with the fifteen oldest kids and now they are all over the cafeteria floor having a pijama party=)?? We’re looking forward to celebrating Easter on Sunday.?? I have about 300 plastic eggs to put candy in for an easter egg hunt:)

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Kevin is home

Last night Kevin was released from the hospital and is doing well.  I am keeping him in my apartment with me so that I can keep a close eye on him for a few days.  He still seems a little weak, but is definitely improving.  This morning while I was feeding him breakfast he was smiling and, as always, trying to grab the spoon and stick his fingers in his food=) I am so thankful for this time that I have with Kevin.  He somehow brings peace into my hectic day.  I think when I am with him and I watch him take his time to swallow his food or scratch his little nose, it reminds me to relax and take the day one moment at a time.  It’s so easy to rush through our day trying to get as much done as possible and God wants us to be productive, right?  I think God does want us to be productive (Prov. 6:6-11), but as we complete these tasks throughout the day, we have to remember that it’s not about what we are doing, but with what attitude we are doing it.  We can use all these tasks as worship to God if we are doing it through Him (Romans 12:1).  Am I glorifying God in my work?  In my family?  In my ministry?  So, this is what Kevin taught me this morning.  Thanks for all your prayers.  God definitely has his hand on Kevin’s life.  We are trying to come up with a plan so that he can receive more one on one care.  As many of you know Dan and Christine Boyle are in the long process of adopting Kevin.  They are an amazing couple who love Kevin so much.  Please pray for this process as we really have no time frame as to when it may be finalized.  Pray for Kevin, pray for the Boyle’s, and pray for the Love and Hope family as we all wait and prepare for Kevin’s adoption.  This picture was taken on Saturday at the hospital and the other one was taken this morning during breakfast.
Rachel

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March 20th

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Jacobo & Esau with Daisy

On Tuesday the 19th little Kevin went into the hospital again with Pneumonia.  Because of the outbreak of Dengue in the country, Bloom, the children’s hospital was full and Kevin was sent to Zacamil, another hospital in San Salvador.  He came home on Wednesday (17th) after 8 days of treatment.  He usually comes home from the hospital feeling great, but this time was different.  He had actually lost almost 3 lbs. in the hospital!  3 lbs. is a lot when you only weigh 15 lbs.  He had a test done yesterday that required him to go almost 8 hours without eating and last night he was not doing well.  We decided to take him back to the hospital last night around 10:00 p.m. and he was again sent to Zacamil hospital because Bloom is still completely full.  I was with him this morning for a few hours and he looks a bit better, but I am still concerned.  Please Pray for Kevin’s health and that we would have the resources to get him the best medical attention available.  I am heading back to the hospital in a couple of hours; I will try to keep everyone posted on how he is doing.

Leodina was chosen along with 2 other girls from her class to participate in an English spelling bee with students from several other Christian bilingual schools in El Salvador.  They were practicing twice a week after school for about a month and the competition was yesterday.  She was very nervous….Her first word was “parents” and she got out on the second round with the word “dropped.”  I felt so proud of her just for having been chosen to participate! 

It finally happened….a piñata injury!  Raquel got hit in the nose on Wednesday night while Kevin was whacking the piñata.  We took her to the hospital and she got x-rays taken.  Luckily it was not broken, but it is very bruised and swollen.  She was happy to miss a couple days of school=)

This week is Joselyn and Shelby’s birthdays. I can’t believe Joselyn will be 14 years old!  I was 14 when I came on my first mission trip down here, and now one of our kids is that age!  They are growing up so fast!

Well, the power is out and I need to post this before the battery on my computer runs out!  I am excited to be more in touch with you all through this blog!  Thank you all so much for your continued prayer and support!  Whenever I feel discouraged I remind myself that I have an army of prayer warriors fighting for us back in the states!  Keep it up!  We love you all!

Rachel