Lily's kids

Lily's kids

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Welcome baby girl!

Special welcome to the newest baby girl!

She is so precious and we are so excited to have her in our family.
Please be praying for her as she adjusts and grows here.

Please be praying for this sweet baby girl. She has already been through so much in the first three weeks of her life. She was abandoned on the ground and the next morning brought to the hospital where she stayed for ten days. This beautiful baby is healing from where ants ate away at her face leaving a large cut from her head down to her cheek. It has been amazing seeing her transform already as her cut heals and she has already regained weight. What a precious little one.

I will try to get some pictures soon!

Thank you for praying!!!
Much love from Bolivia,

Lily Fluharty

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2 years in bolivia

Two years in Bolivia.

Two years ago today an 18 year old girl stepped blindly unto Bolivian soil and started an amazing journey.

I never could have imagine how God has lead me in these past two years.

So much has happened and I've grown and learned so much and can't believe God's goodness and faithfulness and love for me in this time called Bolivia.

It's been a pretty crazy two years.

Traveled alone and with my best friend
Learned a new language
Eaten snake, tongue, cow stomach, armadillo, worms and ants
I've become a Tia and mommy to these little ones
I've worked hard and learned how to wash clothes by hand, clean a house even when there is no water, cut up a cow, clean a pigsty, use a machete, cook, walk up and down mountains and so much more.
I've played hard and made goals and swam and gone to waterfalls and rivers
I've laughed and laughed and laughed with these beautiful children.
I have made some amazing friends
I've had a little baby named after me
I've had problems and felt weak and alone and have cried
I have seen God lift me up and give me strength again and again.
I have fallen short and cried our for forgiveness and God has lavished His grace on me.

I have grown so much and God is teaching me that He is my everything. Oh how beautiful is my Savior and His love for me. I don't deserve it. Amazing love how can it be?

Praying that this would be a year where I would continue to be blown away with God's love.
A year filled with joy and boldness.
A year filled with seeking Christ above ALL else.

I want to thank you all for your love and prayers and support over these last two years!!!
I have grown so much from the 18 year old who didn't know Spanish to where God has lead me today.
Thank you for your love for me and also for these precious children.

So much love from Bolivia!!!

~Lily Fluharty

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rainy update

It has been raining nonstop for the past 2 weeks.

Makes it a lot harder to hang clothes out to dry.
Everything is MUD. Good thing the kids have rubber boots.
The road to Casa de Esperanza from town is really bad right now (super slippery mud) and our means of transportation are limited which means quite a few days that the kids are missing school.

Ironically we haven't had water in the houses for the past four days... so we've been collecting rain water to wash dishes and to clean the house and use in the bathrooms. The joys of living in Bolivia! :)

I've definitely taken water and sunshine for granted in the past!

Juanes and Javier on their first day of Kindergarten
There's been a LOT of changes this past week.

School started for all the kids and four of my littles started kindergarten and they are SO excited.
They love their uniforms and their new shoes and backpacks. So cute!!!

Three of my oldest kids in my house (they started first grade) ended up switching to different houses and little baby Emanuel moved in to my home. The noise level has been reduced significantly. It literally makes me laugh how loud my house can be at times. 8 kids.

Emanuel fell asleep talking on the phone
Enjoying each new day with these crazy kiddos. They make me laugh as they learn and laugh and play.  Their getting soooo big!!!

God continues to blow me away with His love. Living alone in a different country is definitely an adventure and not always easy and God continues to teach me to cast ALL my cares upon Him. Resting in His faithful arms.

So much love from Bolivia!!!

Please be praying for...
-Water!!! That the mud wouldn't clog the pipes and that we could get water ASAP in the houses
-For my 4 kindergarteners that they would be able to thrive in the classroom
-For baby Emanuel as he adjusts to our house. (He's such a good baby)

Thank you all! Lots of love!!!!!

In Christ who blesses me abundantly,
Lily Fluharty

Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy birthday Emanuel

Baby boy at 3 weeks

Happy 1st birthday to sweet Emanuel! He has grown so much in this past year from the little baby with no name to this sweet and precious little boy. Sweet Emanuel may God bless you in this next year of your life! May you live for Christ and grow up in Him. I love you!
Emanuel now 1!