Friday, December 9, 2016

New Arrivals

We'd like to take an opportunity to formally introduce you to some of our new arrivals.

2 year old Sophie arrived almost a month ago.  It has been a joy to watch her settle in and to see her sweet smile.

Sophie is able to go to preschool each afternoon and she fits right in with the other students!

Little Tracy came at the end of November. She has big, beautiful eyes and is observant of the world around her.

Tracy is in our CCU for extra care and her big sister, Connie, wasted no time welcoming her!

8 month old Emmanuel also arrived at the end of November.  He and his nannies have spent time getting to know each other and we love seeing his smile!

Finally, Ryan arrived just this week. He is 3 months old and is as sweet as can be. We can't wait to get to know him more and watch him grow.

We can't wait to see how each of these new arrivals grow and blossom with love and the medical care that they need. We are so thankful for each of these precious children!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Marcus' Move

Marcus recently made a big exciting transition...

As many of you know Marcus had been in our CCU at New Day for about 10 months.
However last week he was able to move to our toddler room downstairs!

His face lit up as he began to walk around and look at all the different toys and new faces.

Marcus immediately fit right in with the fun and adventurous downstairs crowd.

It was amazing to see how sweet Marcus is with the other children. He is always sharing and constantly making sure each one of his friends were included.

Marcus very quickly adjusted to the new schedule and routines.

We are overjoyed for this milestone in Marcus' time at New Day. He brings such fun and caring atmosphere wherever he goes! A beautiful addition to the toddler room!   

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday 2016

We have a day for giving thanks.  We have two for getting deals.  Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  On Tuesday 1 December 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will be coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. 
- from the GivingTuesday website.

Last year, you helped New Day make an incredible difference in the lives of so many children by raising money for our medical funds.

Giving Tuesday is here again and we are welcoming donations specifically for our heating system. A generous donor is going to match every dollar up to $5,000 donated to this heating fund

China recently raised the standards on how buildings are heated in the winter. Instead of using coal, China now requires everything to be heated entirely with gas. 

In the long run this will drastically reduce the amount of pollution and smog in the air, however, at the moment it is quite a financial strain. Gas heating costs three to four times more than New Day was paying previously for coal. It is a substantial and unexpected expense. 

In order to cut down the cost somewhat we set our entire system on 21°Celsius (70°F) to make each gas container last longer. With winter wind and temperatures in Beijing getting down to -6°C (22°F) recently. The system has a hard time maintaining that temperature, so the chill never seems to leave the air, even indoors. For medical fragile children it is essential that a constant warmer temperature is maintained.

Click here to make a donation to our Heating system. All donations will be matched!

Here is an opportunity for you to "be part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity": #GivingTuesday

Sunday, November 27, 2016

NDNorth: A Trip to the Zoo

Do you remember your childhood trips to the Zoo? How each animal was so enthralling that you never wanted to move on to see what was next? We wanted the children in our project to have the chance to experience a bit of what a Zoo is like, so, avoiding the single-digit weather outside... The Zoo came to the children's own activity room! 

See the giraffe's loooong neck? What does he like to eat? Michael gives a fresh green leaf as a snack.

Let's move on to see what is next! 

Elephants! My, what a long, strong nose you have, Chad!

Roar! What could be making all that noise next door? 

Watch out, kids! These lions are hungry. Make sure to stand back when you feed them... Just throw the meat to them, like this...

Looks like you've got the hang of it, Rina! Let's go see what other hungry animals there are to feed! 

Silly monkeys! 

Evangeline, can you make the "ooh-ooh-ah-ah" sound like a monkey?

Uh-oh! How did the monkey get on to nanny's head?

Good job feeding the hungry monkey, Michael! 

What great helpers you all are. The Zookeepers will be so glad to have you back next time! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Pay it Forward: A Guest Post

We are honored to feature this post written by Markie' adoptive mother!

Life as a prayer reveals itself through the bonds of love.   This bonding of hearts, of souls, is in our DNA.  In my view, it's the best of our humanness, really.  My son, my Markie, whose bonds of love span this world and Heaven-spots alike, illuminates the most grateful and graceful prayer I've ever known:  Family.

The joining of my family, through DNA of birth, DNA of orphanage, DNA of New Day Foster Home, DNA of donor, DNA of doctor, DNA of sponsor, DNA of corporation, DNA of country East and West, and, most blessedly, DNA of kindred soul, is a miraculous helix.  It's the sort that science and logic can only half explain.  The rest is left to my mind that is staid in knowing and my heart that is steadfast in loving.  Each night my son and I say our grateful prayers.  It's a tender and sweet and often funny time for us as we recount our blessings:  prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of healing, prayers of hope.

MJZ, as I often call him, is a beacon of hope to me.  As his mother and kindred soul, I know I must nurture his humanity so that he will always know his own.  It is my privilege to help him make sense of his life narrative, now and across time.  Our stories tell us who we are, who we wish to be.  And, our acts of kindness and self- and other-healing manifest that story in the best of ways, in this world here and now.  That's why our family has chosen to love it forward again this Thanksgiving and sponsor two children at New Day:

A child named Marcus, Markie's almost namesake.  Precious Marcus, who received a life-saving liver transplant this past year, much like Markie just three years ago.  Markie and I love you, and we continue to stand bonded with you as you take one healing step at a time.

A child named Amelia, born on August 29, 2015, one year following the day Markie's dear foster brother, Albert, passed away months after an unsuccessful liver transplant.  Precious Amelia, who now awaits her own life-saving liver transplant.  Markie and I love you, and we stand bonded with you as you take one healing step at a time.

Life as a prayer:  I am my father's daughter and the mother of my son.  Ours is a family braid infinitely larger than three.  Amen.