09 Oct Undeserved love
This has been a day filled with love and joy! Blake, Shelton and I started out our day by going downtown to finish buying the items on “the list” from Copprome…we only had a few things left so we got Ruben to pick us up to meet Lola to shop! We accomplished it all pretty quickly and then got in touch with the family that Gabriel is living with…for those who do not know…Gabriel is a 15 year old orphan who was found abandoned at 7 months old…close to death…by sister Teresita who took him to the hospital and then gave him a home at Copprome. He has been struggling the last 5 months living at Copprome and a sweet family in El Progreso has taken him in as a foster child. Lola took us there today to meet them…I can’t even describe how I felt as I watched this precious mom, Glenda, interact with Gabriel…He has become a child that I truly feel like could come to America and live with us when he graduates from high school….He is sweet and talented…he sings so amazingly…and I only pray for happiness and peace in this sweet boys life… Glenda turned him over to me for the weekend with tears in my eyes as I watched her place her hands on his cheek and hug him good bye…I could see the love in her eyes for this sweet boy…she has 3 other kids….but truly has developed a sweet love for Gabriel…I have worried about him the past 3 weeks as I heard he was no longer at Copprome…but my mind is now at ease because I know he has a family that loves him…when I told Glenda that one day I wanted him to come to America with me…she got a panicked look on her face like it would be sad for her…I hugged her and told her we both loved him…..she was so sweet…. We then went to Lola’s for lunch…she and her mom cooked a fantastic meal off fresh tilapia, rice/beans, fried plantains and slaw…it was delicious…..then we went to Coppome to drop off the things we bought and pick up Gaby…..I can’t even describe the way I felt sitting between both of the kids that one day hopefully will be with us in Tennessee….they are both so loving and just want to snuggle with me all of the time…I just can’t help thinking about the way they both show me so much love…so much undeserved love…I feel like they both deserve so much more…but they give away so much love constantly…. We went to Mount Olivos to meet with Tino about the houses next year we would build and to see the family center they are building….it is huge!!! They are so proud of what they have accompished and are so excited to start their houses!!! Being a part of this plan is very cool… to think that this time next year….lots of the families will be in solid homes is such a dream come true for them…..God’s hand is right in the middle of it and they know it! It is such a sweet community…they too deserve so much more than what they have….but are so giving and humble…. Henry, Lola’s nephew, who served as our 2nd interpreter this summer invited us to his house for dinner tonight….his mom cooked an amazing meal….and it was so cool that we took Gaby and Gabriel with us….it was truly like a family unit as we watched Slumdog Millionaire together….my mind was all over the place as I watched them both so intrigued by this movie….I wondered what they were thinking as they watched a movie that had alot of similarities to their lives….Gaby would lay her head in my lap and I would scratch her back and scalp much like my own daughter Mandi…I could not get over the thoughts that she doesn’t get this attention very much….and Gabriel was happy just sitting next to me…sometimes grabbing my hand to hold and just enjoying being close to a mom… we take so much for granted having our sweet families together in one house and being able to love on each other daily… I am sitting here looking at Gabriel now laying in bed watching cartoons and giggling and smiling like he is the happiest boy in the world! He and Shelton just got back from the pool and they were smiling and laughing all the way in the hotel room door….relationships…that is truly what life is all about…loving each other the way that God loves us…undeserved….but so precious and important…….