First Days

First Days

The first night with M is a blur. Her flight came in late, and we had made plans to spend the night in a hotel instead making the hours-long drive home. I did not sleep well because of my own fever, and Alison was restless and feverish all night as well. No one sleeps well in a hotel room anyway, but when a fitful and feverish toddler is writhing on your chest all night, it pretty much guarantees sleeplessness. It gave me a little compassion for how exhausted M must have felt, traveling all day and night, but it did not make the next day very easy for anyone. M slept in the next morning, and we missed the hotel’s continental breakfast, so Chris (my husband) ran to McDonald’s and brought back enough food to feed a soccer team. M was taller but much thinner...

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Miracles in the Mundane

Miracles in the Mundane

We signed up to host M on the very last day possible. Her original host family was unable to host at the last minute, but M’s visa and passport had already been processed, so she needed to find a family immediately. Since we had only heard about New Horizons two weeks before the deadline, we were the last-minute family! We had six weeks to prepare before she arrived. God helped us move the mountain of preparations in front of us one rock at a time. The first step was to complete the massive online application in one evening, and then have some paperwork notarized and overnighted to the main office. As you can imagine, it is no small work to wade through the bureaucracy of having an orphan travel overseas to stay with your family for a month! While the children...

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