Thursday, November 13, 2008
Lauren had fall break last week and went to Barcelona and Paris with some friends. She was sick and didn't really feel like going but, like her mother, never wants to miss anything! I think she had a good time but was glad to get back to Heidelberg for some R & R! She is counting down the days until she is home for Christmas break and we are looking forward to seeing her! Hope you are enjoying these updates!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I've been back for over a week and finally have some free time today to share some pictures and a little about the trip. We were able to visit five different orphanages. We were able to visit the one in Vilka three different times. If I could, I would bring them all here and help them find homes but that's not possible so I will just have to plan to go back and visit them soon! These were all facilities for older children and one was for disabled boys. That one was particularly disturbing. We take so much for granted in this country with our care of the handicapped and how we go to great lengths to ensure quality of life to even the most severe of these.
The weather was really nice, for a change! Usually it is cold and dreary. We actually were able to go out with just a jacket most days and the sun was shining almost every day! We stayed in the Messianic Jewish Center and had nice quiet, clean, non-smoky rooms. The ten days went by much faster this year than last year! My only complaint was the flight back from Paris...Air France seats are way too close together and it was a totally full flight...I was very cranky by the time we got to Dulles! But, aside from that, it was a great trip. I got to know William alot better and was impressed with his passion and love for the orphans and his desire to make sure they were being given every opportunity to hear the gospel. And, the kids have great affection for him (he had met many of them on other trips and they have never forgotten him!)...
The last picture is of the oldest resident of a nursing home we visited. She is 92 and is missing a leg. We were entertained by one of the residents who used to be a singer and she actually had a really great voice for a lady of her age! She would have kept going longer if we hadn't had to leave!