Saturday, July 20, 2013

Adios, Abby

Abby and her NEW Parents!
 We have great news for you... our sweet Abby, who we have cared for since the end of February, has been ADOPTED by a wonderful Bolivian couple! They met for the first time about a month ago and she went home with them this past week. They came to visit her and get acquainted a lot of afternoons before they took her home. She had definitely bonded with them by the time their paperwork was finished. We are so happy for Abby and her parents!
Love at First Sight!

 When Abby came to us she had lived in a hospital crib for the first ten months of her life. She was so easy going and non-demanding that Jennifer thought she might slip through the cracks at the larger baby home Casa de Amor has. Abby could barely sit up and could not crawl or scoot. Last week I left her in the living room and a few moments later when I came into the kitchen (very far away from the living room!) she was there with the fridge open! If we left a door open she very quickly crawled outside!
First Picture of Abby at our House!
 She and Leo have always shared a room and schedule. They were like the second set of twins! They got along famously, unless they wanted the same toy!
Amigos, Abby and Leo

Love Those Eyes

Learning how to clap with Clancy!

 Abby was a great eater and would eat ANYTHING as long as it was pureed. When she came she had two teeth on the bottom and two teeth barely through on the top. When she left she had all eight of her front teeth and four molars. She rarely complained about the pain, but would soak her clothes with drool and we would have to change her shirt very often!
Chow time with Tio Rudi
Ruth, Paula, Abby and Leo!
 On cold mornings we would put the babies on the bean bag to keep them up off the ground. There is no heat in Bolivian houses, so in the kitchen next to the stove is as good as it gets!
Best Buddies, Ruth and Abby
 Every morning it is hair combing time. Clara loved to do Abby's hair, even though she wiggled like crazy!
The Hair Combing Train!
Bedtime Bottles

Chillin' with her favorite Tia Carla!
Our Original Four Casa Babies

Only Abby's mother could come to pick her up, because her father was working. Abby had a grand time showing off for all of us watching! She threw her toy keys on the ground over and over and then would look real teasey and laugh! I love these pictures I took of her being dressed and playing with her new mommy!
I must mention that when we asked what they would be naming Abby, her mother said "CARLA Anilla".
What a great name!!!

"Carla" and her Mommy!
We have enjoyed every minute with Abby and know that her new parents will also! We are thankful that God spared her life and are confident that He has very good things in store for her! When I think of her I think of this verse: "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:13-14 From being found in a trash can to now being in a loving forever home... Truly, marvellous are God's works and that my soul knoweth right well!!!! Farewell, Abby, you will forever have a place in our hearts!


  1. Teary! Praise God for His wonderful care!

  2. I am so happy Diane told me about your blog!

    I just read the whole thing from beginning to end (so far) and look forward to more installments. What precious stories and great photos of an amazing adventure doing such important work.

    I met Rudi's mom at Aunt Beulah's memorial--lovely lady--wonderful family. I love following the music, too!

    love and best wishes to the whole family from a cousin you probably have never heard of!