It is so funny what misconceptions you can have. What thoughts you think under total assumptions. And, it is funny what you can be totally spot on about without any knowledge of it. I met John and Isatu's father today. He was smaller than I imagined. Only about an inch taller than me. I wasn't nervous b/c I assumed he wouldn't be there. Then when we drove up all the sudden there he was and here I am looking like a mess coming from serving at the hospital all morning in the heat. For the second day in a row I felt like a complete nerd but what can you do when you are one. So, I just had to hope that he would like me as I was. And he almost cried. He hugged me. Several times. He held my hand and walked me through his home. I complimented his home and he proudly posed for photos with me. I lost count of how many times he said thank you. And we both understood some strange connection of caring for his kids. And I love him. I love this man that I do not know because he is a pastor of the United Methodist Church there in Grafton. I love him because he gave up a most prized possession-3 actually-in a selfless act to help others. And I love him because he totally accepted me and was so kind. He was exactly who I pictured him to be when I first saw his children. Just not as tall.
Andrew, I am happy to tell you that I did not see Yanni at St. George's Foundation and I did not give her the photos. I found out she was one of the Network kids and has been reunited with her family. Praise God for saving her life. So, I gave the 4 photos to the other kids there and told them how I was your wife and that you were sad you couldn't come but that it was my turn to get to visit them. I also took a photo with them that I told them we would bring copies of the next time we are there. Also, I am so happy to report that Lucy was doing great! We were so amazed that she was responsive, hugging Lori, and clapping with the beat when the other kids were. I couldn't have been happier about that.
We only saw the kids for about an hour today since we were on the east side of town all day. I felt bad because the kids just woke up when we got there and we very groggy. Then I really think Albert was disappointed when I had to leave so quickly. I know I was. We did spend the time drawing and I have a great little page of doodles that are supposed to be me, andrew, levi and ivey in my journal courtesy of Albert. Tomorrow we are supposed to leave at 9:30 and go to the beach all day with the kids. I am so excited! Pray for safe travels since we will be transporting at least 100 people on roads that are about as safe as hunting in Arkansas.
Also, I have nothing to say about the children's hospital. Like they say, pictures speak a thousand words.