I'm even related to some of them!
I have to brag on my cousin, Wendy. ( Not this Wendy) : ) I have lots of people I call cousin. I am barely related to most of them. Wendy, however, is one of my two real cousins. Our fathers are brothers.
I didn't get any first cousins until I was grown. The kids I played with at family functions were my third and fourth cousins. And while I love all of them dearly, I am enjoying getting to know the "little ones" who are now full grown adults.
Wendy is on a fabulous adventure right now and I wanted to share it with you. She is traveling with Mercy Ships. She is a nurse and being a part of some wonderful stories. She said I could share some of them with you here.
This is the one that touched me the most. In her own words:
This week I also cared for a ten year old boy named Christian. Christian was born both deaf and blind and came to Mercy Ships to have his cleft lip repaired. There are no schools or resources here to help these children or parents. It was amazing to see Christian interact with his mother after surgery and observe their special bond. He woke up very confused and upset, but mother calmed him by putting his hands on her face and pulling him close to smell her. It was incredible to see how Christian immediately knew that his mother was holding him and that he was safe. I couldn’t help but cry when I went to visit him the next day on the ward and he grabbed my hand, smelled it, and then reached out and hugged me (then wouldn’t let go of me) because he remembered me. I feel so blessed to get to be a part of all of these amazing things that Mercy Ships is doing for these people and I’m so thankful for this opportunity.
This is Wendy and her friend, Maria. Wendy is on the right. Isn't she beautiful? I don't think I have ever seen her look happier.
So say a prayer for Wendy and the people on the Mercy Ships. They are doing great work. I am so proud of her!