Over a year?! I can't believe how quickly the time goes sometimes.
I know there are some sweet friends and family members who still check in here, and we want to keep you up-to-date on our craziness better than we have been! I have so many words that I want to share, and Kellin does, too.
So, here we are again.... not setting any specified times or days for writing here... but making a goal to keep everything updated more closely, and to share more of the things on our hearts with you.
Starting with this precious, beautiful boy.
When I started my internship with Bring Me Hope in September, I was 'introduced' to sweet Chandler and fell in love with his precious smile! I am praying that his forever family will see him very very soon and bring him home...is he the missing face in your family photo? The sweet little boy that should be sitting at your dinner table?
And, of course, the fact that he has CP draws my heart to him just a little bit extra... as always, we are more than happy to talk about life with CP, and Kai or Kassi would be thrilled to tell you how much it is NOT scary!
Now...here is the part of Chandler's story that I have the honor of telling.
Please, pray for him, share his story, and consider whether you might be his and he, yours.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever met a kid with such a great disposition on life.” “These were the words of Chandler’s buddy at Bring Me Hope camp this summer!
Chandler is described as being a sweet and quiet boy. He enjoys playing with balls and Legos, coloring, singing, and dancing – he even started a mini dance party one night at camp!
Chandler’s favorite activities at Bring Me Hope were swimming (his volunteers called him ‘a natural in the pool’), and horseback riding. He was nervous about the horses at first, but he was brave enough to try – and the moment he saw them, he loved them!
Chandler has cerebral palsy. He can walk unassisted, and even upstairs without help, but his gait is slower and a little unsteady. He can speak, and his volunteers say that although Chandler’s speech isn’t clear, it becomes much easier to understand once you get to know him. He was even given the award for ‘best conversationalist’ at camp! He has some vision difficulties, but he is able to recognize numbers, animals and colors.
His camp buddy says “please don’t discount him because of the CP diagnosis!” Chandler is described as a leader – all of the younger children loved him, and even older and higher-functioning kids would play with him.
Chandler has a passionate love for everyone and is said to always share with his friends. After being taught a new skill, he works to remember and use it, and can usually get it right after 2 or 3 repetitions.
He bonded well with his volunteers at camp, and one volunteer’s favorite memory was taking care of this sweet boy after he cut his finger. He didn’t mention it at first, but when she noticed the cut, they hugged and sat together. She says “my wish is for this sweet boy to have a mom and dad to hug him…and sing songs over him when he’s crying.”
Chandler can be shy, but he is welcoming to new people, and has such a positive disposition. Chandler’s volunteer called him “a joy”, and says “This kid meets no stranger. Everyone loves him and he’s so kind to others.” Could his sweet smile, joyful singing, and loving heart be what your family is missing?
Here is more on sweet Chandler.... please join me in prayer for this precious boy! You can inquire for more information here: https://bringmehope.org/advocate/chandler/