This week, as many of you know, has been a pretty hard week for me in respect to the challenges in the orphanage. To make a long story short, a ton of different logistical challenges all added up at the same time. The good thing is that it is a new day and we survived. This is not the first time this has happened, and most likely is not the last time, but it is interesting that whenever this happens I get in the mindset of evaluation. Also, there seems to always be a time of dreaming. I guess you can say that dreaming gives me a reason to keep going and not give up. It somehow makes the stinking hard work more bearable.
With this in mind, I thought I would post some of my dreams for the House of Dreams Orphanage. The type of things I have always dreamed about but have seemed a little out of my reach.
• Full playground. Since we have moved into the new facility I have thought it would be great to have a full playground for the kids with swings, sandbox, slides, teeter-totter and a soccer field.
• Health insurance. I have always considered that a family that has health insurance is a family that has achieved some sort of financial stability. Imagine that for 28 children. One of my dreams is that our children in our orphanage have a great health care program that meets all of their needs.
• Private school for the school aged kids. Private Christian school is a luxury that most families can not afford. This year we started a Christian school to provide the best education that we can for our children. It is a constant process of believing God for the tuition each month but each time we take our children to school we are living the dream.
• A computer room and library. I have always thought it would be great to have a library where the kids could come and read books and play educational games on the computer. That would be something that I believe would be priceless for the children in our orphanage: something with carpeted floors, a television to play educational videos, tons and tons of Spanish childrens books, something you would find in the Barnes and Nobles childrens section for our kids.
• A van for the children. We are working on getting one of these and our desire is to have one of a newer model; something so that when the kids go out on outings they are safe.
• Purchasing our own home. As I look back at my childhood I am struck by how many memories I have that are tied to the places that I lived. It is almost like each house brings back different memories of my childhood. I would love to give that same gift to our children. That when they come back to the orphanage after they have graduated from high school they can walk around the house and have great memories.
Those are some of the things I have been dreaming out loud about.