I’m sorry to all of you out there who may get tired of opening my blog page just to see more adoption thoughts…. I’m not really sorry but thought I would attempt to put it out there in words to let you know that I know I talk about it a lot. It’s a huge part of me and our family so thus the reason. And at the same time if you know me you do know that our lives do not stop just because we are in this process. We keep going on and enjoying life as we get it each day. However I must share about Nanny School…..
This week in Haiti at Maranatha… I think Frankie has been in VBS all week. If that is so then this VBS seeking mother is very happy. Emma has already knocked out 2 this summer with Izzie on the back burner waiting to go at some point. But also this week at Maranatha they are hosting Nanny School. This wait is to hard but it’s relieved a thousand times over because we believe Frankie is in the best possible hands and the people that are with him and who are responsible for him are doing everything they can to prep him to one day join our family. It’s scary knowing we will be bringing a 4 year old into our home and knowing that a lot of who he is will be grounded in him by then. We are very thankful that Frankie has nannies who are being trained to help him… especially with attachment issues and other things.
So this week they are having Nanny School and not only are they helping the Nannies at Maranatha but Nannies from other orphanages as well. Here is what Beth wrote on their blog… and look at these ladies… what a great picture!!!!
We planned for 30, have first aid kits for 30, prizes for 30 and lunch for 30. We are now at 43 with 5 more nannies coming tomorrow. John is making a pharmacy run in the morning for additional items for the first aid kits, Shelley is cooking more food for lunch and we are adding more chairs daily. We love it!
Nannies are coming from several different orphanages and learning better ways to care for kids. They are the best students I have seen in a long time. They clap, they sing, they shout, they nod their heads in agreement and they stay focused and alert through the teachings.
Some have asked for copies of the powerpoints to share with others. I got chills of excitement at their response (a pretty hard thing to do in this weather) to teachings on how to make sure a baby makes an attachment. They shouted with the teacher “don’t shake the baby” over and over! Their zeal is wonderful because we know it translates into better care for the orphans of Haiti.
Nanny school is a lot of work! Preparation, food, transporting 30 American volunteers from place to place, making sure everything happens on time. But you know what, it’s a lot harder for an adoptive parent to rebuild a broken child, attach to a child who has been neglected and abused and try to make an abnormal child normal.
This week will make a difference. I am moved by these students who want to learn, who want to grow, who want to love. And I am amazed at the 30 volunteers who brought 62 suitcases of supplies to make it happen.
Nanny school – the school of love!
There are nannies from six crèches at the year’s Nanny School
Today I am thakful for th McHouls and their teams of people and I’m thankful for special people in Frankie’s life… his Nannies.