Labdien (good day) from Latvia! After some bumps along the road, including a long wait in Newark, a lost bag (which had all the orphanage children’s toys in it!), and one sick member of the interview team….we made it! Ana and I are in Latvia to meet the children of the Summer 2016 program, and we couldn’t be happier…and colder. It’s a bit of a jump from the 75 degree afternoon we left in Texas to the snow flurried day here, but the children we met today were completely worth it!Our day started off with a bang from this adorable sibling group of three. The Terrific Trio was a bundle of energy and came in the room with smiles on each of their faces. The older sister, who just turned 15 in December, has obviously had to play caretaker with her little brothers. She tried to keep them on task while they both bounced around the room, smiling and laughing. The middle brother was a treat! His English was almost perfect, and he enjoyed telling us all about himself and his siblings. Little brother was a sweetie, pushing a candle across the table for me to smell. They were a group that, despite having little, seemed happy. As we left, all three yelled, “Bye bye!” to us, and middle brother was the last to shuffle off down the hall, wearing worn and rather loved looking Ninja Turtle slippers. They seem like a close knit bunch who would thrive given the attention they so deserve. Sibling groups like this one are quite common in Latvia, and we hope to see them hosted together. They are currently living in an orphanage, and these three children deserve the love, warmth, and stability a family can provide them. They deserve to grow up in a place where their older sister doesn’t have to be a mother to them, where they can play safely, and where they will be loved.
If you’re open to hosting a little family, please get in touch with us! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and continue to follow our journey here on the blog to hear about some of the children we’ll meet.
PS – our bag finally made it, so tomorrow we’ll have toys for the children!
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