sometimes i look at the kids here at rising star and think - "you are so cute i could eat you!" and sometimes the way they say my name or are so affectionate or draw me in with their deep brown eyes makes me wonder "how will i ever live without you?" oh man. these kids are so cute. they have been through a lot and they are finding so much joy in life here. we are so blessed to be a part of their lives!
this is anita (my sister-in-law) and mariambi, who had birthdays on the same exact day! it was pretty exciting!
we love this little girl amithram. her mother was killed - one of india's many horrible "bride burnings." so so sad - but look at that smile.
we have been working hard with the kids on their pronunciation, reading, and english comprehension. considering they are far from home learning two languages at once with crazy backgrounds, they are doing great. we have been teaching a reading class, tutoring the kids, having storytime with them at night in their dorms, organizing learning activities and just taking the time to talk with them and allowing them to hear native english.
i love this picture because it really sums up a lot of our experience with the kids. they absolutely clobber us and are always hanging off us. here sara is saying "okay, really?" as kids practically strangle here. oh man. it's a good thing they are so cute.
we had the kids do a little art project after school one day.
in our reading class we have been building stories with the kids, helping them with their vocabulary and understanding. at the end of the week we made the each their own mini-book and they LOVED it!
all the kids got new shoes the other day and we got to help sort and distribute them (an all-day ordeal). it was worth the work because this is how they felt about their new shoes:
they weren't shy about showing them off!
and they looked so good all perfectly matching and in line for school.
we adore these kids - especially when they share their forehead dots with us.
and we love it here. we are trying to do a lot of good. and we are learning so much in the process.