“I really don’t even know you, and yet, in my life, you are forever entangled; to my history, inextricably bound.”
We received word that Steevenson and Gregory’s medical exams and visa appointments went “very well”, so we are feeling super grateful and even more excited that homecoming is right around the corner. We’re also careful to remember that with every homecoming, there is also a home-leaving to be praying about.
Alourdes (pronounced “Ah-lood”) has been Steevenson’s daytime nanny since his first day at the Angel House.
(Alourdes and Steevenson during touch therapy time – 2012)
She and his nighttime nanny, Carine, have been with him day in and day out over the past few years, and have done such an incredible job of caring for him during this chunk of his life. They each have children of their own, but I’m sure they have both grown to love “our” Sonny as their forever family too. Some folks have said that we’ve “lost so much time” with Steevenson, but I don’t see it that way at all. There is no telling how God worked in and through him during this period of his life, or what kind of impact he had on the lives of his precious nannies, and vice versa.
(Carine and Steevenson – February 2015)
We’ll have a translator with us during the first few days of our trip, mainly to discuss Steevenson’s routine/likes/dislikes/medical stuff, etc. with Alourdes and Carine, but it’ll also give us an opportunity to tell them how much they mean to us. How incredibly grateful we are that God chose them, specifically, to care for Steevenson during some of his most formative years. How it is so apparent that they have poured into him so well, and how their dedication to him is not lost on us. Steevenson came to the Angel House when he was 18 months old, and from the moment he arrived, Alourdes and Carine have played such a key role in his cognitive, emotional and physical growth. What a blessing to be “forever entangled” with those two!
Praying God’s grace and solace will fill their hearts and minds in the days ahead as they say “orevwa” to their sweet Steevenson.