Sunday, April 26, 2015



I’m not sure anyone is as excited about his birthday in my dorm as Alberto!  He just gets beside himself! 

Even today, over a week later (I’m slow on blogging!), at church they called up the birthday celebrators and he looked dizzy with excitement!

That might be because it’s tradition to hoist the birthday celebrators up  on a bench and lift them up and down and around while they are being sung to!

This little boy just craves attention and I think that adds to why he revels in his birthday so much! 

I’m so glad you were born Alberto!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Cleaning Cutie Pie!


So Mario comes to me and asks, “Mana Laura, do you have anything I can help clean?”  My front door – in particular right at his height where little hands, sometimes a bit messy hands, touch it hundreds of times a day – had been bugging me for a bit.  So I have him a sponge and a little bucket (an ice cream tub actually) and he was happy as a clam.  And right proud of his good work!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Igor, the birthday boy!


IMG_5969The boys love birthdays of course!  Theirs, or anyone else’s – cuz they all get candy!  The birthday boy gives out candy to everyone, while wearing the special birthday hat of course!

While they still love Spiderman, Captain America is the big hit these days, thanks to a co-worker’s dad’s love for the character.  So the birthday boy sleeps with Captain (pronounced Cap-i-tan) America sheets while wearing Captain America PJs, a Spiderman bathrobe, after the CA towel and washcloth.  All topped off by slippers from the movie Cars!

It doesn’t take much to make these cute-patoots happy!


Thursday, April 09, 2015



I love having my boys’ siblings over to visit and play.  This is Afonso with his little brother Adamo.  They have two younger siblings as well but they weren’t available to play at that time.  I love the quiet time together, without the crowds, trying to keep those sibling connections strong.

I hadn’t heard Afonso laugh so much in ages!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

I love how creative my boys can be!


What do you do with the plastic bikes when the plastic tires are smooshed so you can’t ride them anymore in the normal way?


You “ride” them on the swings of course!  Fearlessly!  (my photos of them in flight were too blurry to use!)


And the old skateboards, minus the “skate” part?  Make them into a fort!


Our slide does double-duty as a kitchen!


And Horacio just wants to check every day to see if there are any mangoes yet on his tree!

You gotta love these little cute-patoots!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Christmas in March!



Hello Buttershaw Baptist Church in England!  Thank you so much for your lovingly painted Santas and reindeer and Christmas cards!  Due to a postal strike, they didn’t arrive until late January I think it was, and I didn’t arrive til February!  Then it took me awhile to decide when to give them out and then I just decided, today is the day!  They loved them and didn’t care at all that it wasn’t Christmas time!  Sharing was tricky but good for them to negotiate!  Thank you so much for thinking of us!

I’ve just added all the photos I took here – hopefully most of your kids will catch a glimpse of their artwork.  Most were too blurry to post, there was a lot of cute boys in motion!

PS:  I did give these out about two weeks ago, just slow on my post!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Day of the Tree


Today is the International Day of the Tree!  Our children’s center director, Pastor Adolfo, planned a little teaching and celebration time for all our center kids.

We gathered in the church to hear a brief lesson on planting and caring for trees and plants.  Then everyone raced to their respective dorms to plant their own new trees!


The kids loved it!


Professional tampers at work here!


Nicely protected for a little while, while it grows!

We finished by eating bananas, which grow on trees.  But not the tree we planted in our dorm which is an orange tree.  But it fit the theme anyway.  If I’d known ahead of time what type of tree we were getting, I would have bought oranges!

How will you celebrate the Day of the Tree?  Remember the wise proverb that says, “The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best day – today!”


Felipe was inspired to plant his own “tree” – a plant he found by the basketball court and brought home to plant!


My boys were eager to show Senor Adolfo the plants they planted about two weeks ago!  Some of them might grow into something!


We’re being trees!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

So full of life!


My amazing boys don’t care of it’s hot or cold, if they’re dripping with sweat or with rain – they are full of life and energy and it must be spent! 

And they love futball – soccer to us Americans.

I love watching them play.  I love watching them, period. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

New Cute-Patoots!


Can these boys be ANY cuter? 

They all arrived in my dorm while I was in the US.  Only one, Filipe, in the bottom right, is new to the center.  The other three were all in the Transition House and have now transitioned to me!

They are a handful and a privilege at the same time.  Please join me in praying for these sweet boys to feel at home, to know the love of their Father and for me to wisely know how to pour into them.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wonderful Visitors!



I had the most wonderful surprises this week.  THREE of my old – and older! – boys stopped by to visit me, all of which I hadn’t seen in a couple years. 

Francisco came to see me with his baby son who is named in my honor – Lurio!  SO sweet! He has been living in South Africa. Francisco and Pedro were best friends when they both lived in the center.

Nandino – yes, about a foot taller than me, he is seriously leaning in this photo – popped round for a visit.

And Rafino stopped by today.  He has moved back here to Maputo after he and his brothers moved north while his oldest brother studied to be a doctor.  His brother is a doctor now and working in our local hospital.  They have all moved back and care for their elderly father.

Please keep these young men in your prayers.  Life is not easy in Mozambique – the unemployment rate is very high and corruption to find jobs is rampant.  Please pray for their futures and all that God has for them will be theirs!


Something about that 12 year anniversary (which honestly, they don’t even know about!) has them coming home for a visit!  What a blessing!