Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Introducing . . .


the newest members of our family/dorm - Afonso and Paulo! They've just graduated form our Baby House - as you can see, we use the term "baby" loosely! They've been acclimating to our dorm by coming over every afternoon for the last two months, eating lunch with Room 3 and joining in on all their festivities. But last night was their first night to sleep here. The other littlies who were in the Baby House with them walked them over to us and we had a little "festa" (party) to welcome them. I anticipated a few tears when it was bedtime but they were both happy little campers and woke up with grins on their faces - at 6 am! Paulo is 5 years old and is HIV+ but quite healthy presently which is a blessing. He is on medications called Anti-Retro Virals (ARVs) which some may have heard about in the news. They are amazing and I am so grateful for how they improve the health and lives of our precious kids. Afonso is 4 and very smart - he can cut a straight line on a paper better than most of my 8 year olds can. He doesn't talk much but, mostly nods his head in a quick, abrupt nod for a yes, but I'm working on getting him to loosen up a bit. They are wonderful new additions to my house of already-darling boys! If you have kids of your own, say a little prayer for Afonso and Paulo when you tuck your own kids into bed!

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