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Anhui Cleft Healing Home Update January 2008

Our Cleft Healing Home is really beginning to look like a home now, albeit a home under construction. With each new addition, whether it’s a staircase or tile in the kitchen, we get more and more excited because that means we are one step closer to caring for the babies who need us. We haven’t even opened our doors yet and are already more than half way full with babies who have been identified as needing care from orphanages in Anhui.

The push is on now to complete as much as possible before the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, when everything stops for a week. The kitchen and baths have been tiled; the kitchen cabinets and appliances have been ordered and should be installed before CNY. Door and window trim has been added, as have lots and lots of shelves for storage. We have stairs now and the walls are ready for paint.

We have paint colors!! Soft shades of yellow, green and blue for the babies’ rooms.

Our house manager in China, Zhang Ming, has been very busy pulling all of these details together for us. He has also found a wonderful head nanny who we witnessed working magic with the babies on one of our cleft mission trips. He will begin interviewing possible nannies before CNY begins.

We are getting ready to order the baby equipment that our donors have provided for – the bouncy seats, crib mobiles, walkers, high chairs and strollers that will make this house a home for these babies. Our first shipment of cleft bottles is due to arrive soon, the real essential ingredient for these babies to thrive.

While a lot of hard work HAS gone into this home, I have to admit that it hasn’t been all work, no play. I must also admit that I’ve developed a little problem; I can’t seem to pass up a clearance rack of baby clothes! I will have to stop, or I won’t be able to carry our suitcases to China in March. But can’t you just see our little babies lined up for their photos with chubby cheeks at Halloween and Christmas time? I surely hope that we meet our deadlines so that I can cuddle with some of these babies when I am there in March!

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