So you will have to imagine pictures that A. took on the road as you read this. I think she is becoming quite a good photographer, but you'll have to take my word for it.
We left for J.'s aunt and uncle's house on Thanksgiving morning, and it did feel a bit like a circus. Or a clown car because we were trying to make the trip without using the trailer. That made 12 people and their luggage in the van and the car top carrier. Oh, and a puppy. And a pen. And dog food and bowls. And dog toys. The puppy felt as though she required a lot more thought and stuff than anyone else.
The trip went surprisingly well. No one peed in the car, and since we were travelling with two newly trained three year olds and a four month old puppy, that is quite an accomplishment. And we made it with just one stop in our 3 1/2 hour drive. The rest of the trip was equally calm.
A lot of that was due to the fact that we kept Gretel on a leash and spent a lot of time running around with her outside. No accidents at all, in fact. She was a very well behaved puppy. Which leads me to the question I have for all of the more experienced dog trainers out there. Why, why, why did the puppy do so well and the minute we get home, she starts peeing in the house again? She does know how to ask to go out and we let her out the minute we notice. In fact, sometimes she doesn't even try to ask. She doesn't have the run of the house and is in just the kitchen and rarely by herself. Today we have kept her on the leash and close to us all the time (except when outside) and she has been fine, but I'm sure she would really appreciate not having to be leashed inside and I would appreciate not having to hold her leash. Suggestions? Please? She is such a good dog otherwise.
Well, it's not quite the post I was planning on writing, but it's the post you get. I hope life will have settled down a bit by tomorrow.
Continuing to advocate for the children in Bulgaria. Their files were sent back which means that they cannot be advocated for on Reese's Rainbow or have any funds donated towards their adoptions. It means they are essentially invisible and unwanted. It tells the government and the agencies that yes, indeed, their initial assumptions were correct. No one wants a child like these. They are not worth it.
But they are! They are created by God in His image and we are called to care for them. They are truly the least of these. I cannot let them go; I think about them in nearly every free moment that I have. I'm going to post one of their pictures here at the bottom of each of my posts each day. Would you join me in praying for each of these children? Pray that a family would come forward who is willing to adopt them. Love them. Pray that they will know they are not forgotten? There is still hope for these little ones as their files can be specially asked for, it just adds time to the process.
This is Chad. He is 9 years old and has always lived in an institution. An institution with severe neglect. No one has ever even asked to look at his file and now it looks as though they never will. Pray that God will not let this little one become invisible. Pray that his parents will find him and show him what it means to be loved.