Praise God for feeling better- I am not a good sick person. The world is not a bright place, the glass is empty and I long to be back to normal- BUT God delivered and I am on the mend!! Lot's of prayers (thank you very much)and a new antibiotic And WHOLA, I'm back!! WoooHoooo!!
Today's thoughts are...
In China they look at our family and wonder "How can you take care of so many children? And Why are you better than an orphanage?"
This question came up numerous times while we were in China. It was asked by the Dr's at the health clinic, by nannies that care for the children, by directors of orphanages and by others.
I am not good at answering questions off the cuff and this one surprised me. I wanted to answer back- "well of course a home and a family are a better for a child than an institution and a nanny that needs to go home to her family." But that answer in this situation would not have worked.
Hubby and I tried our best to give everyone a "good answer". An answer that was a fit for them, that they could understand.
We love children, we love to raise them, see them grow and learn and bring joy into their lives.
We have good health coverage and can help them with their special needs.
Yes, we are Christian and consider these children a blessing in our lives.
The two cultures are very different. Many of their beliefs are from long ago and set in stone. It is sometimes hard for others from a different culture to understand "why" we do this.
In no way are we trying to be heroes. We do not think we are better but we do think we can offer the children that do not have parents a better life... one with parents...
A life where they are loved, valued, cherished and accepted.
Medical care that will give them a longer life, medications if needed, necessary surgeries and repairs and therapies that will give them a better quality of life.
A childhood filled with love and good memories.
A consistent set of parents that are there for them. (I have no problem with single parenting - so this includes them, too- someone- a Mom or Dad that is there for them)
An education that will help prepare them for the future.
No matter how many children their are they are treated equally for each circumstance. We really try to be fair and consider each child's needs.
They have siblings that are also their for them- to lean on, to ask question, for support through the tough times, fun or just a hug!
AND most importantly we can teach them about our Christian faith and they can have an opportunity to have a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.
Tell me your thoughts? How would you have answered this question?