Dear Friends. Tom here, interrupting Caleb's excellent blogging coverage. He is sound asleep in bed where I need to get back to myself. Had some network challenges getting videos uploaded, but they are ready now. Switched them to my Vimeo album because we were having some other technical glitches with uploads under his album.
Every father should be this lucky!
Miss "J" demonstrating her awesome fine motor skills.
Julia New Ring Stacker from Tom Lococo on Vimeo.
Miss "J" doing what she really enjoys the most - biting things. Not in a bad way, just in a way that gives her some comfort and allows her to explore things orally until we can get her little eyes better focused. We see glasses in someone's near future.
When our luggage was delivered tonight our facilitator confirmed her passport will be available Friday which means the last remaining impediment to Gotcha Day is just about clear.
It is looking increasingly likely that Gotcha Day will be Christmas Day, the day that Jesus Christ was incarnated as man, yet still God, in the form of an innocent baby in Bethlehem. It reminds me of our Lord's words that we will see him most clearly in the eyes of every poor child or person we serve. This Christmas I am seeing that most clearly in the deep blue eyes of this little baby girl in Eastern Europe. Thanks to Him for this moment, and to the heart of a mom for orphans that would not rest until justice had been done for at least one of the "least of these".
Merry Christmas to all. We are looking forward to being amongst our friends and family in the US soon to start a whole new year together, with blessings beyond measure. May God bless you all this Christmas.
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