Thursday, January 29, 2009

Learning Math

I have been very inspired by reading Renee's website: http://bakersdozen.typepad.com .
She is a homeschooling mom of 13, and one neat lady! Her latest activity for math involved beads and pipe cleaners. I adapted it to do this math activity with the little girls.

"Choose 5 beads of one color and put them on your pipe cleaner."

"Like this?? Look Mana Anna, I did it!"

"Great! Let's count them. Um, dois, tres, quatro, cinco.
Okay, let's choose 5 beads of another color. Good, let's count them again. Ten!"


"Now you have five orange beads. You give two beads to Eliza. How many do you have left?"

"Tres!!"

"Let's make a pattern. Take all your beads off, and let's put them back in a pattern."

"Look at this Mana Anna! I already know how to do this."

Even little Rosa, age 2, is learning. She concentrated very hard, and did a great job!

"Let's count them again."

"Um, dois, tres, quatro, cinco, ses, seite, oito, nove, dez! 
We have 10 beads! Look, mine is pretty."

"Wow, you girls are so smart! And they are all very pretty!"

I love to do "homeschool" activities with the girls. I started doing geography classes once a week with the older girls. Next week I will take some photos and show you what they are learning. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Meet our 5 newest little ladies!!

In the past 2 weeks we have had 5 new girls join our family! 
And in 2 weeks we will be getting 4 more little girls who have spent a year in the "transition house", aka Little Dorm, where they live after the baby house before transitioning into the bigger kids dorms. So we are growing, and having fun!

Meet the new girls:
Eliza, age 11
She came along with several other children from a center down the road 'Padre Andre's'. You may have heard me mention that center before. Paulo, who lived in the girls dorm for 1 1/2 years, was from that center. Receiving these kids is totally an answer to prayer! The center director was removed from his position, and a new Padre put in place. This new Padre has a heart for the disabled children, and is going to reopen the center after cleaning it up and repairing it, as a center for disabled or special needs kids!
"Mimi" (Emilia), age 4 
and her sister and 2 brothers arrived 2 days after Eliza. 
Their mother died, and their father was unable to look after his 8, 6, 4, and 2 year old children, and work. So we will take them until they are a bit bigger and he can make arrangements to care for them. 

Serina, age 6
Sister to Mimi. She is smart, and loves to help. She passed first grade this year, and I have been reading with her to help her with her reading skills. She is improving quickly!
Their brothers are Horacio, age 8, and Jose, age 2. These four siblings love each other and love to be together.


Rosa, age 2
Our baby house is full, full, full! So Rosa has come to live in the girl's dorm. Her dad died, and her mom has 3 other school age children. Her mom was leaving her alone in the house all day while she went out to cart water for neighbors or do odd jobs for people to earn a little money to feed her kids. We have agreed to take Rosa at least until she starts school.
She was very shy when she first came, and didn't speak to anyone. She is slowly starting to break out of her shell, and she even smiled a little bit. I love to hold her in the mornings while she takes her naps, or sit and read to her. She's very sweet!

Fatima, age 7? 
(We don't know how old she is for sure)
Fatima arrived today with her little brother. Her mom abandoned them, and her father mistreated her. They were taken by someone who discovered what was going on, and brought to the central hospital. Their dad is now in prison. Social services brought them to us today.
She is a sweet little girl, and I am praying God brings emotional healing to her quickly.

We are loving on these precious little ones, and praising God that He lifted them out of the dust and has set them up in heavenly places! They are treasures, and it is a privilege to be here, mothering them.

Please lift these 5 girls up in prayer!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas Baking Day

I met some fellow Ohio'ens here in Mozambique a year and a half ago. They are missionaries who live about 2 hours from me. Last year (2007) they invited me over to make Christmas cookies, and the day arrived with me sick in bed, vomiting, weak with malaria. So this year (2008) we tried again, and had a great time! They picked me up the week of Christmas on Monday evening. I spent the night and we spent all day Tuesday making and baking allot of Christmas cookies. They brought me home late Tuesday night. We had so much fun!

Abby (age 8) made this cute snow man cookie.



Marcia (age 19), Angie (mom) and one of the boys who lives with them
as part of their ministry. Not shown is Abby (age 8) and Leah (age 2), as well as Abel and Carlos, the other 2 boys living with them.


Lots of fancy Christmas cookies!
(I will say it is not quite the same, baking Christmas cookies when it is 100 degrees, but hey! At least we had Christmas music on and fans blowing on us!)


These are the cookies I decorated. And no, that checkered one does NOT have a bite taken out of it. It looks like it though! It was stuck to another cookie.
I shared the cookies I made with the missionaries here, as well as the tias in the girl's dorm.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christmas Day 2008

Merry Christmas from the girl's dorm!!
I love this, our 2008 Christmas photo. I used iphoto effects to make it look cool:)


The little girls from the youngest two rooms, styling their new custom made and designed skirts, new t-shirts, and new sandals (thank you, donors of the money for shoes/sandals for all the kids!).



Carmina is pleased with her gifts!
The girls each received a back pack for school, filled with an art kit and a few other fun items.



Christmas lunch: chicken, french fries, pasta salad, and potato salad served with rice.


Me and the tias (dorm mothers) who I work with!
I love these ladies.
L to R: Tia Inez, Tia Sidalia, Tia Safira, me, Mana Fina, and Tia Sonya!

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
Isaiah 61:1-3

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

(First of all, I just want to say "THANK YOU JESUS THAT THESE PICTURES FINALLY UPLOADED!!" I have been praying they would cuz the internet has been so slow and I have been trying to upload these for literally 10 days!)

Christmas Eve Candle light service
Sometimes also known as "Catch the Fire" :-)

The girls with their candles all lit. 
It's a bit blurry, but I like how you can see all the candles and all the people.
After all the dramas and dances that the kids performed were finished,
they each received a candle, and then someone at the end of the row would light
it and they passed the flame down as each child lit his or her candle.
Then we sang a few songs to the Lord.
It was beautiful while it lasted, before they started trying to put out each others candles...
Beautiful Al├žione with her candle lit!
The toddlers nativity play!!
They are so cute, and every year this play gets better! They did a great job!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Word of the day: Remain in the Vine!

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful...
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me
and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be
my disciples.
John 15:1-2, 5, 8

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Feliz Ano Novo!! 2009

Happy New year!!

Tonight we watched a movie "The gods must be crazy" (funny movie!) with the 110 kids here who don't have family to visit for the holidays. They all got pop corn and candy bags. After the movie was over, they divided up into groups of about 11 each, and we had 8 activity stations set up. They traveled in their groups to each station to play a game, or make a craft, or other activity. That was lots of fun. I got to lead the game Chubby Bunny. It was so hilarious, from big kids who could fit 5 or 6 marshmallows in their mouth and almost make out "Feliz Ano Novo", to the little 5 year olds who could barely hold 2 marshmallows in their mouths. And then those who started laughing and out came the marshmallows in a sticky, disgusting mess:-) Ah, what we do for a good time! 

At the end of the activities the kids had a blast dancing to music. Then we calmed them all down and put on another movie and served them sausage sandwiches and bottles of pop. At midnight we went down to the soccer field for fire works. Unfortunately for many of them the day of the bombs is still fresh in their memories. As soon as the fireworks started all the girls took off running and screaming in terror. They have seen them every year, but they were convinced this year that the fireworks would fall from the sky (what goes up must come down, right?) and they were crouching in fear. Poor little ladies. So I went after them and we sat on one of the missionaries porches and those brave enough stood on the edge to watch, the rest hid by the side of the house. 

It was an exciting evening! I just got off the phone with my parents, to let them know the year 2009 is a good year! They still have 5 1/2 hours before they enter into the new year. They are 7 hours behind us. My sister Christina wanted to ask, as she was talking to me into the future, if she had broken her new years resolutions yet? Lol

*HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! God bless you richly in the year 2009!!*