Lily's kids

Lily's kids

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lots of Lovelies

Happy 2nd birthday to my sweet Peniel

Sabes que? Te quiero

Love this little man

Special welcome to Elisabet (center) who came yesterday to join our family

3 kids and a caterpillar

Fun adventures of walking down to town with 4 boys. Oh the joys of running down mountains

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Peniel

Happy 2nd birthday to sweet Peniel Jerusalem. Love this sweet girl and her big dark eyes. What a beautiful gift from God! 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ocean Eyes

Ocean Eyes
Lily Fluharty

Inside this tiny body, pain
The love here is refreshing rain
It’s healing from the years of lies
The boy with deep dark ocean eyes

Malnourished body from neglect
Years of abuse leaves an affect
Strength returns like a new sonrise
The boy with deep, dark, ocean eyes

Treated as if he had no worth
Now happy, playing, a new birth
New found smile like the bright skies
The boy with deep, dark ocean eyes

1 year!!!

1 Year. It’s been a year since I first stepped foot in Bolivia. 
1 year of knowing these children and seeing friendships blossom and trust deepening. 
1 year of learning Spanish and seeing God’s amazing grace in helping me learn and understand. 
1 year of trusting God financially and seeing Him be faithful to provide what I need each time. 
1 year of change. 
1 year where I am amazed at the amazing example my family is to me of how to live lives trusting God whole heartedly. 
1 year of wisdom from parents, pastors, family, sisters and friends. 
1 year of being “Tia Lily”. 
1 year of seeing my heart grow and explode with love for this country and these children.
1 year sharing amazing memories with Jessa.
1 year of laughter, smiles, sometimes tears, lots of big dark eyes and joy.
1 year of learning.
1 year of hard work. Cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, raising kids. 
1 year of beautiful mountains.
1 year of sunshine and NO SNOW!

I still can’t believe a year has gone by since I first came to Bolivia. This year has flown by and I am incredibly in awe of God and His faithfulness and grace in my life in this last year. I have learned and grown so much. 

My heart for the children here explodes with love. They are incredibly precious and beautiful and I love the hundreds of hugs and kisses each day. Walking with tiny hands in mine. Hearing “Tia Lily” and “mommy” from Peniel. I love hanging out and laughing with the older kids. Learning from the other Tias and seeing our friendships deepen. Singing at the top of our lungs down at church. Kia rides down to town. Eating delicious Bolivian food. Spanish, Spanish and more Spanish. Skyping with my family. Missing American food. Especially CHOCOLATE! :) Many amazing adventures and new friendships in this past year. 

I am so grateful that I am not alone and that God is here with me each and every day giving me grace, love, patience and strength and JOY in HIM! Praise His Holy name for His goodness. So amazed by His grace in my life. It is NOT about me. It is about Jesus and what He is doing. And what He has done at the cross. 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your prayers and love and support. I miss all my friends and family in the States and am so grateful for you and encouraged by your love! Continue to pray for me and for Casa de Esperanza. That God would continue to work in this place and continue to fill it with more children needing love. 

God bless! Love from Bolivia!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Water balloons

This week is Carnival here in Caranavi. Which means lots of craziness down in town. Which meant that after church this morning, I climbed into the back of the kia with all the other girls. 5 minutes later we were all soaked from water balloons (and the girls screaming) and there was a pack of kids (mostly young boys) running after us. Some of the water balloons had paint in them so my white shirt ended up with big black splotches that I'm guessing aren't coming out any time soon. Oh the joys of Carnival. :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Then I am strong

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Little Rockstar

Love these two pics of Peniel. :)
School started and were getting into the rythm of earlier mornings 
and everyone getting their chores done and getting off to school
on time. Homework in the afternoons. Next week is a year since 
I first came to Bolivia. Where has this year flown? So blessed by this
beautiful country and these children. Thank you Jesus!

God bless! ~Lily