So, one of the projects that I am most happy about is the reading club at the Children's Home. We have had a break over the summer, but I took the 12 1st-4th grade kids to the Children's library this morning... It was a little bit chaotic, so no pics, but I do have this one from when Minna was here in May - Sara was doing her hair for her:
And despite the fact that it is quite a responsibility to take 12 kids (who generally act out if given the chance) in the kombi by myself to the library (where I am met by 1 or 2 other eager volunteers!), I was reflecting after this morning on how much I do love to take them. And luckily they usually listen to me and behave themselves...
As it is school holidays we had a bit more time there than usual today, so we managed to get good books for all of the kids - and this morning saw 4 of the kids even taking out school assigned reading books! As they choose their own books to make it more fun for them, they usually choose easier options - but today THEY wanted to take them out!!! Success! And during the time at the library we played, watched cartoons, had fun and HUGGED a lot! I said to Ljilja when I got back, even though it takes a lot out of me, I do get my hug quota in! ;-)
I really want them to know that reading can be fun, and to fall in love with it as I have, but more importantly, I want them to know that God loves them and that I love them. I know that it is not always easy, but for the most part, it is worth the effort!