Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meet the Meninos ~ Julio and Gil

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This is the delightful Julio, who came to live with us in June of 2013.  His brother, Gil, (who may in fact be his cousin!) arrived with him.IMG_2272

Julio and Gil are both on the quiet side but they are warming up.  Julio has a good sense of humor and is making friends.  Gil is more pensive and can sometimes have a bit of an edge to him.  They are both behind in school but we are hoping they will catch up with consistent schooling and input.

They have two cousins here at the center as well – they were all living with their grandmother who wasn’t able to continue to provide for them. 

I’m hoping these brothers will stay close, as well as with their cousins, as they continue to adjust living in our center.   I’m also hoping they thrive here and find great love and joy and acceptance.

Can’t wait to see them again, along with the rest of the munchkins!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lovely Lucas

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Will you please pray for this gorgeous hunk of love, Lucas?  He has a broken leg and is in an uncomfortable cast.  His broken leg seems to have created some health complications as well.

Older readers might remember Lucas is disabled and doesn’t walk or speak but if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times, he sure knows how to communicate  - and flirt!  What a love!

(In case you’re wondering, I wasn’t there and my head hasn’t exactly been there either so I don’t have all the details of how he broke his leg but it appears he fell out of a chair, poor sweetie.)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Mom

3693395187_9cbaee3298_oMy sweet mom, Joyce Andrea Johnson Anderson, passed away on January 29, 2014. 

As you can see, it’s taken me a long time to write this post.  I feel intimidated by the idea of writing what feels like a life-summary post about my mom.  I’m afraid I won’t do her justice.  That I won’t say everything I want to say.

So I’ve decided not to.  Not to write a life-summary post that is, not to say everything that needs to be said in one post.  I think I’ll feel free to write more about my mom whenever  I feel like it.

It makes me sad to know she won’t be reading it, my most faithful Clearlyliving reader.

At my mom’s memorial, I shared that she is my biggest fan and greatest cheerleader.  I think she told everyone she ever met – including people standing behind her in line! – about me and my work in Mozambique and my blog.  She was always giving people my blog address.  I sure will miss having my biggest fan on my side.

My mom was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in 2004, shortly after I moved to Mozambique.  She did amazingly well with having cancer these last nine years and I am so grateful for that time.  Even though I’ve lived out of the country, I’ve had a lot of wonderful times with her over these years.

But I still wasn’t ready to lose her, of course.  Her mother had died when she was 76 and I always thought that was so young, and here my mom died two months before she turned 76.  I still think it is so young.

I miss my mom.  4069062517_394b322223_o