Heidi (another mom in the Ghana program) is currently in Ghana on a work trip. She's helping the orphanage staff develop curriculum for their school program (they will be teaching school for the younger kids at the orphanage) and doing some projects for the orphanage as well (like painting, etc.). While she and her friends are there, they are loving on all of the kids at the orphanage, taking pictures, and providing us with fantastic updates on them.
On Saturday, Heidi handed out the Welcome Bags for the kids. Now they know about us! She said that they all seemed to understand what the welcome bags were all about and what they meant. She also said that all the kids were most interested in the photo albums of their new families and they spent time going through each one. Jellybean and Peanut kissed the pictures in the photo album!! How cute is that?!?!
Today we got another fantastic update on the kids from Heidi. She said that the kids are learning the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. They have a song to help them remember "A, ah, apple" "B, buh, ball" etc. She said that she was teaching the kids her name later in the day and Jellybean said "Heidi, huh, H". He figured out that her name starts with an H. Internets, our boy is SMART!
I have loved getting updates and photos of our kids as AAI staff have traveled and taken pictures of them. Those pictures are SO PRECIOUS to me. I stare at them...trying to really see what they were thinking and how they were feeling when the shutter closed. But, I can honestly say that the updates we've gotten from Heidi during this trip are making my heart sing! And they came WITHOUT PICTURES! I'm getting a glimpse into their personalities! The child-specific updates are small...just a sentence scattered into a much larger update about all the children in the orphanage as a whole. But those sentences pop out to me and I hold on to them tightly.
Now...I just have to wait for Heidi to get home so she can share the photos with me! ;)
If you want to read some of Heidi's updates go here.