I will never look at a child wearing braces with eyes of indifference again after this week.
I will instead recognize that those braces probably came at great cost.
And the carefree smiles that burst forth from this child's face...
I will not take them for granted either.
Hearing our son begging us not to hurt him... tightening straps on braces that we know are for his benefit but cause so much pain... trying to comfort him and at the same time refusing to release those straps....listening to him cry... watching him rock back and forth....seeing the tears gushing down his face...
It has been a very hard week.
We are struggling with the braces. The one foot fits neatly into the brace without trouble and causes him only minimal pain at this point. The other brace is tighter and Aaron's foot is not fitting neatly down into it without causing great discomfort. We took him to Aaron's Dr. here and he gave us advice on how to care for the sores on that foot that are being caused by the tightness. We are trying to decide if we should take him back to Philly to get Dr. VanBosse to look at it. Since we are novices in the brace department - it is hard to know what exactly is 'normal.'
Thank you to whoever sent Aaron the bulldozer. What a wonderful surprise for our little guy! He was absolutely delighted with his present. It was just what the doctor ordered! Thank you!
Please keep spreading the word about Kirill.... Please - Tesney heard from their Russian facilitator in Moscow and all the posts yesterday were starting to be heard OVER THERE! That is vital for their appeal! Please don't stop. Keep spreading the word!!! The Davis link is HERE. Please feel free to just keep sharing Kirill's story on FB and on your blogs - contact anyone you know... news media etc! It may seem redundant but every single pebble into the ocean is making a difference....
For those who are wondering about sweet Carrington - The most recent update is HERE. The little princess is doing better but still has a long ways to go so please keep praying!
Last but not least.... Earlier this week I posted about the Beamish family. They are leaving TOMORROW! On Monday they were still short by 16,000.00 dollars. As of this morning - They are short 2,500.00.
Yep - You read those numbers correctly. The church has stepped up to the plate to surround this family. Let's finish the job! The Beamish's have been doing an iPad Giveway and my dear friend, Adeye, yesterday decided to increase the Giveaway by donating a Kindle!
They leave tomorrow. How precious a gift to them if they were able to step onto their airplane fully funded. What a statement of God's grace and mercy to this family as they embark on an adventure to rescue a little one who has already been transferred.
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