Friday, October 29, 2010

Home Sweet Home

WOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!!! Yesterday we moved Patti Sue's house (the 'Baby House') into the new building! They ACTUALLY slept there last night! It's very surreal to be in this moment, because this has been a long time coming. We will not move the main orphanage until next weekend, so it's kind of hard to feel much relief at this point. We still have a lot of planning and packing to do, but I know we need to celebrate this small step! :)

Yesterday morning, 9 out of the 10 babies at the house were taken for the day by different people in the missionary community. It was quite humorous to see them all leaving in the morning for their day out. ha! We kept Suzanna with us due to her medical and feeding issues, so she was the first child of Casa de Fe to officially move in!

Several of the gringo volunteers and the Ecuadorian workers helped load up Patti Sue's house and bring everything up to the new property. We worked on cleaning everything as it came in, sorting, organizing, setting up the rooms, etc... Here's a little of the craziness. Mrs. Martin took pictures for us! :)
Dwight & his dad making a new base for one of the cribs.
The tias did an amazing job in the kitchen!
Some of the girls came up after school to help Patti Sue get organized and hang some curtains.

The babies were brought in around 5:45, and it was craziness after that.
We pretty much had everything set up and ready, but I think they were just overwhelmed by the new scenery. It was quite dramatic for a while. :) Nanki wanted OUT!!!

Angel was having a blast.

Please continue to pray for us throughout next week. The plan is to move the classrooms and education material to the new property as soon as school gets out at 3:00pm next Friday, Nov. 5th. The next day we plan to move the kids, and that is going to be a long day! We're going to have clorox baths, lice treatments, haircuts, etc.... We want to be CLEAN when we move! :) Fun times.

On Sunday morning (also Dwight's 30th birthday!), we plan to have a worship service with the kids in their new home. I think we're all just overwhelmed to be a part of this right now. Our God is so big, and the ways He works out His plans are just unbelievable. Father, please help us never lose sight of the fact that you provided all of this. Help us teach these children to be thankful, but to never forget that their real home is with You.


  1. Awesome! . . . and I see Dwight has a beard

  2. That's great that you're finally moving in! I hope you squeeze in much needed rest along the way. Happy 30th Dwight!!!

  3. Wow. It's incredible to see what was an empty plot of land when I first came, turn into a beautiful house for these precious kiddos. I can only imagine the incredible amount of sweat, planning and prayers that went into the building and moving into the MUB. I am thrilled that the day has finally arrived! I hope you and Dwight get a chance for a really long nap after the move this weekend! Happy early birthday to Dwight! He needs a huge choco pancake to celebrate!

  4. WOW! This amazing! Thinking and praying for you guys and the kids as they move in!