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A couple of days ago while we were at gymnastics watching the boys grow and thrive–Elijah showing so much strength and balance in his once weak body, I thought to myself, “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for hosting Jonalyn.”  On Saturday we watched Maria do a somersault on the bar.

It was Jonalyn who led us to speak to an OT, an OT who told us to pursue it, that it feeds the mind and balances the body, calms you, and it was true.  And here we are still today, all three loving gymnastics, because of Jonalyn.  Just one of her gifts.

There are still a handful of days to chose children to host through New Horizons.  Smiling children hoping to be chosen, a chance to feel more than worthless–the message of an orphanage.  A chance to be hugged, greeted in the mornings.  Prayed with at night.  A trip to the park, the beach, meet friends, be told they are important.  Or even just sit, sit in a place where they are safe, rest from orphanage life.

It’s life changing.  You can change a life, really, seriously, simply, think on that.  You have power ready to be unleashed with the embrace of your arms, the words on your lips, the home you have.

We had never hosted before, we weren’t sure what to expect, but it was in this blog post, just a couple days before she left where I had a chance to write down, try to put into words that we were blown away by the whole experience, it was kind of a big, good deal to each of us.  It still is.

She was sweet, precious, she was kind and fun, she wasn’t a statistic, but a real little girl, who came on a plane just to us, brave and sweet with big brown eyes, who smiled and looked down when we told her she was great, amazing.  Who opened up and came alive over time.

If it’s on your heart, don’t be afraid of all the details.  We can all talk ourselves out of anything, but there is power in that yes.  Don’t worry about the money, the time, you can make it work, it’s all grace anyways.

{Here is our host daughter, leading our kids into music and song, teaching our oldest by example, confidence, and joy through singing.  Something we didn’t know we could have seen so soon for our oldest, but Jonalyn, but yes,  but God was ready for all of us to know His goodness through this}

 

Thank you Jonalyn, we love you angel face.

(If you log in to the NH site, these are the kids who have my heart, and big scholarships: BO411, BO354, EO303, BO419–so sweet)

 

“If there is a fundamental challenge, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives.”   –  Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

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  • Bethany April 27, 2014, 12:05 am

    Oh my gosh, they are ALL beyond precious! Such joy.

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