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Update on Beltran & Danielito

It’s been some time since we’ve attached photos and an update of our children living outside the Josephine House, who are getting lots of loving care and attention, and life experiences and opportunities.

At 9, Beltran is loving life and here are some photos of him sent by his loving American foster family from the past year: 

Taking a peak at some baby chicks in a box.

Taking a peak at some baby chicks in a box.

New Baby Chicks.

New Baby Chicks.

  

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

Playing at the beach.

Playing at the beach.

Happy Day of Fun in the Sun.

Happy Day of Fun in the Sun.

Beltran 2012

 

 

Danielito is still cared for with lots of love by his caregiver in Lima.  We don’t have as many photos, but he and his caregiver are very excited and thankful for his new special chair he received recently.  Little Daniel turns four this January 30th!

Danielito's new chair!

Danielito’s new chair!

Little Daniel in his new chair, almost 4 years old!

Little Daniel in his new chair, almost 4 years old!

Special days in December & January

Chocolatadas

The kids were invited again this Christmas season, along with other local children, to a performance and chocolatada at the Montessori school close-by.  Each one was given a huge smiley bouncy ball that have been a lot of fun in the house.

Thank you to Pacifico who put on a chocolatada in the home before Christmas for the Josephine House kids.  With generous interest in each child and beautiful gifts, it was a time truly enjoyed by all.

Visitors from Pacifico put on a chocolatada for the JH kids

Visitors from Pacifico put on a chocolatada for the JH kids

Visitors from Pacifico put on a Chocolatada for the JH kids.

One of the workers from Pacifico Seguros holding Adriano.

Celebrating Christmas

The children also celebrated on Christmas Eve with broasted chicken and french fries, an uncommon but delicious treat.

Thank you Hunt Valley Presbyterian from Baltimore, Maryland for the money raised for children & staff Christmas gifts this year!

New clothing

New clothing

 

Opening gifts

Opening gifts

 

New dress-up clothing!

New dress-up clothing!

Carlos receives a fun musical toy

Everyone's got to open their gift somehow...

Everyone’s got to open their gift somehow…

Another favorite thing of Fabiola- her sparkly handbag

Another favorite thing of Fabiola- her sparkly handbag

Fabiola LOVES her mini backpack.

Fabiola LOVES her mini backpack.

What child doesn’t love a gift just for them? The girls especially loved the dress-up play clothes they received, and Fabiola is tickled pink every time she walks around the house with a mini backpack or shoulder bag on.

The staff of the home were also recognized for their hard work and care of the children throughout the year.  We celebrated with a turkey meal, specially decorated and set for in the Josephine House on December 21st, and a ‘secret santa’ gift exchange.

Staff Christmas Dinner 2012

Staff Christmas Dinner 2012

Staff Christmas meal

Staff Christmas meal

Staff with their Christmas bags

Staff with their Christmas bags

Nearly matching pink scarves!

Nearly matching pink scarves!

A Day All About Daniel

Well, it was all about Daniel, because he turned 9 on January 10th!  Daniel loves to dance, and had a lot of fun with the new Birthday Dance music video.  It was hard to tear him away from the music to take some hits at the Pinata, but when he did, he had as much fun as the other children.

Daniel turns 9!

Daniel turns 9!

Daniel dancing to the birthday music video

Daniel dancing to the birthday music video

Daniel's party Singing Happy Birthday

Adriano takes a swing           Daniel finally dragged away from the music video to take a hit at the Piñata!

The predictable mad scramble

The predictable mad scramble!

Merry Christmas 2012!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

& HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We wish you and yours

a time of reunion,

unity, and reflection. 

A time enjoyed by all; 

filled with laughter, joy, and fun.

With peace & love,

from the Josephine House

Luke 2:11-14

 

Fall Harvest Festival

The children got to join some of the other MTW families for an Autumn Festival.  Princesses, heroes and other story-book characters !  Enjoy the photos…

          

                 

 

 

 

Greenhouse Update and Garage Sale

In mid September we had our annual event that consisted of a garage sale of home items and clothing, as well as cooked meals prepared by each of the staff.  Typical meals and other treats included: Caldo de Gallina, cookies, banana and pumpkin bread, banana cake, anticuchos, jello, causa, soltero, Aji de Gallina and Escabeche de Pollo, with the most popular sale being Papas Rellenas (like last year).  The event was held in an outdoor children’s park that is across from the Presbyterian church (which was in fact constructed some years ago by mission teams from the church) and is close to a busy open food market, so it is in a place that attracts a lot of attention. This was our most successful year, making a total of around 3000 Soles.

The greenhouse is coming along well, producing squash, zucchini, onions and tomatoes- many of which are getting eaten at the house regularly. Baby tomatoes are not common in Peru, so it is something new for the staff.  September is planting season and the potatos have gone in in the plot behind the basketball court.  Other vegetables are being planted in the garden behind the house.  Recently, a fence was built around the garden to separate the children’s play area from the growing area.

   

 

Marleni turned one on September 20th. Looking back to her arrival a year ago, she has come a long way, and is a very healthy, attentive and beautiful little girl.

Adriano turned three September 5th, and has also come a long way since arriving to the Josephine House.  He is well adjusted, a sweet and caring boy, and listens well.  He soaks up the attention he is given, and has also learned to play quietly by himself or with the other young children.

                                              

Over the summer, Keith started a solarium in the open cement balcony on the house.  This circulates warmer air into the 2nd floor, and will also provide a new area of use. 

                                               

This school year,  Angela is quite proud that she has learned to read.  If you ask her, her favorite subject right now is mathematics.  Guadalupe is very conscientious of all her work, and Fabricio especially enjoys recess.

 (Individual school photos can be seen under each child’s profile).

Below:  Enjoy the moments of an excited Fabi opening a personal gift.

     

   

A full pantry in September, thanks to sponsors!

 

Summer 2012 Update

The months of July and August have brought larger volunteer teams who have helped with various projects including painting the bathroom, a painting project around the outside windows, various clean-up around the house, the start of constructing a sun-room, and of course entertaining and loving on our kids!  Thanks to the MTW medical mission team in late June, Parkview, and Dallas PCPC.  Thank you, especially from all the children, to Huntvalley Presbyterian Youth team who contributed the new playground equipment!

Other visitors and donations are also always appreciated!

There has been a lot more time to focus on the babies, with only eleven children in the house throughout most of the June and July months.  The babies are all growing fast and becoming more active!  Marleni and Samuel are able to sit on their own, and enjoying different pureed foods.

    

Carlos turned one in June but still does not sit up on his own, turn over, or crawl.  But, he has weekly therapy appointments at the La Fuente clinic, and receives exercises nearly daily throughout the week.  At his last appointment he was almost able to turn over on his own, and is continually showing more and more interest in the toys around him and in his own body movements. 

Zoe also continues with therapy appointments at two different locations. She receives weekly therapy in a gratuitous program offered at the Cusco Regional Hospital, and also goes to the La Fuente clinic once a week.  After her last surgery in the spring, possibly due to post-surgery pain, she developed a habit of keeping her tongue out of her mouth all of the time and would not tolerate a spoon or anything close to her lips.  With a small therapy tool, we have noticed marked improvement in this habit in the past week.  Her muscles have developed well from the daily exercises, and the focus now is on moving her towards crawling and walking.

At the end of July, Angelina, Fabricio and Guadalupe had their mid-year school break of two weeks.  They were able to join the VBS that a Youth Team from the States put on in a community close by.  The kids also enjoyed the new playground equipment, and had fun on an outing with a missionary family to a park in Cusco.  Our Cook went along with lunch, and they had a full-meal picnic!

   

July 28 is Peru’s Independence Day.  The older kids including Adriano made Peruvian flags as a craft.

 

 

Back at the house, the new bibs with the catch pockets at the bottom are great for the toddlers! 

Veronica can now feed herself fairly well using a spoon, and is getting more stable on her feet as the weeks go on.

 

The toddlers enjoy dressing up in costumes at any time  (a great gift idea!)

 

 We celebrated Angela’s 7th birthday on July 16.

  

At the end of July, three-month-old baby Brisayda joined our home.  She was somewhat dehydrated when she came because her mother hadn’t had sufficient milk.  So, our focus has been on getting her accustomed to drinking milk from a bottle and taking a couple of ounces every two hours.  She is a little mixed up, sleeping throughout the day and awake a lot at night.  But, she is fairly content, feeding better, and has gained a little bit of weight.  (Her profile will be added soon).

  

A week after Brisayda arrived, we welcomed Yormira to the home.  Yormira just turned two.  She doesn’t crawl or walk yet, and is getting accustomed to eating purred foods using a bowl and spoon.  She takes daily medicine for epilepsy, which seems to be quite controlled, as we haven’t yet witnessed her have a seizure.  (You can read more about Yormira under her personal profile).

  

Now we are in the process of planning for our yearly fundraising event, to take place in September.

Next time: we plan to update you with photos of the produce from the greenhouse!

**Also, Please note that updates of each child can be found periodically under their individual profiles**

Thank you for reading!