Henry just oozes joy!
This darling boy from our Loudi foster care program with the indomitable spirit is such a little love. Henry just celebrated his third birthday and is described as optimistic, friendly, obedient, and very happy! Read more.
Last month three LWB program directors visited some of our foster care programs in Anhui, Hunan, and Fujian Provinces. All the children were given individual gifts, and each child was also presented with a warm winter coat. A tremendous outpouring of support for our recent Coats for Kids project provided winter coats for children in all of our foster care programs, which were very much appreciated by the children and their families.
These rosy cheeks tell a story of cheer, happiness, and warmth!
Seamus, previously featured on our blog in “Seamus’ Smile,” is keeping toasty through this Hunan winter all bundled in his two sweaters, a thick coat, a pair of sweater pants, a pair of over trousers, socks, and cotton shoes. As warm as he must be, he seems happy as ever! Read more.
Coming in at number one for 2011 is this adorable photo of little Alisha, grinning for the camera with her foster mom. Alisha is part of our Loudi foster care program, and every report describes her as social baby who is outgoing and loving.
Alisha goes shopping with her foster mom almost every morning, and she is always so happy to meet neighbors and greet them with a smile. We loved hearing that she is “especially enthusiastic” when she sees other children! We are so happy that sweet Alisha has now been chosen for adoption. Read more.
Julian knows joy. He loves his ball. He delights in playing with other children. He enthusiastically embraces a good picture book. He relishes a good meal. He thrills at being helpful. He overflows with happiness when praised for a job well done. Yes, Julian knows joy. But he doesn’t know the deep love of a permanent, adoptive family.
Julian, now four years old, has been on the shared list for a long time. You’ve met him on this blog several times (“Julian’s Joy,” “Julian’s High Jinks,” and “Julian: Almost Four.”) At the time his file was submitted, he didn’t even walk yet! Now he runs. When the file was prepared, he didn’t speak at all. He’s still a man of few words, but he does call those in his foster family by name.
“Although he cannot see, he uses his heart to see the world.”
These beautiful words were written by the monitor at LWB’s Loudi foster care home where two and a half-year-old Seamus lives. Seamus was born prematurely and without eyeballs. It was later discovered that he has a significant hearing loss in one of his ears. Despite these challenges, Seamus just exudes pure joy. He is small in stature but delights whomever he encounters. Our monitor describes him as a lovely, joyful, and obedient little boy. Seamus’ file is currently available on the shared list, and we look forward to some very special family finding this very special boy and calling him their own. Now THAT is worth smiling about!
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day coming up on March 21st, we wanted to celebrate by sharing the smiles and successes of our very own Julian. What a big boy! Julian will turn four soon, and hopefully this will be his best year of life yet…the one where he and his family become one! We have blogged on Julian in the past (“Julian’s High Jinks” and “Julian’s Joy”), and he always makes us smile. Since he is still waiting on the shared list, we want our readers see how much fun Julian gets out of life and the joy he brings to those around him.
Three-year-old Julian has a great sense of humor. He loves to explore and is delighted when he finds some mischief to get into! Julian’s favorite toy is his ball, which he loves to bounce and catch. After months and months of walking while holding onto furniture or a wall, Julian now walks independently – all the better to chase that ball of his!