If you read the foster home’s blog or follow the foster home’s website, you probably already know about Elizabeth. But since some of you don’t, I wanted to introduce her here! Elizabeth is about 8 years old (we think); she was abandoned in February 2009 (that’s right – less than 4 months ago) with a very serious heart problem. Though we don’t really know the circumstances of her abandonment, we all want to believe it is just because her parents couldn’t get her the medical help she needed, and they knew they’d run out of options. She spent the first month living at a government orphanage, and then she came to the foster home in April. She stayed in our “Healing Home” (an extension of our foster home that happens to be in the apartment right next to ours) for a few weeks until she was checked into the hospital in preparation for her surgery. She had her surgery, and just a few weeks ago, she came back to the Healing Home. She’ll stay until she is adopted.
(Side note: I know many of you might ask about the possibility of family reunification. That is something totally out of our control, and from the looks of things, not very likely. But, the orphanage does want to prepare her adoption papers, so she will get a family… for many reasons, it breaks my heart that it won’t be her first family, but we’re trusting God will restore her fully.)
Since she lives next door, we’ve been having a lot of fun getting to know our new little neighbor. She’s come to our apartment a few times now… the first time was to make a No-Bake Cheesecake (Thanks, Body of Christ in Pampa for sending that in a care package! It was perfect for a little girl “baking” activity!) Since then, she’s started asking the nannies if she can go next door. I think it’s because Jacob always sneaks her candy. 🙂
When Valerie sent us the wall-art for our apartment, she also sent a little package for Elizabeth. Elizabeth LOVED it, and was especially excited about the assorted hair bows that the package included. (She’s a girly little girl, but her hair was cut very short sometime before she came to our foster home. We’ll let it grow out, but clip-on bows are a nice way for her to feel like a pretty little girl!)