A cool sea breeze hits our face as the six of us pile out of the mini van. We each grab something from the trunk; a bag of snacks, beach toys, pop up tent, 10 dry clean towels. As we grab little hands, the cluster of us crosses the street to be beachside and we walk down the sidewalk. Thankful to have found a good street parking spot, we lug the beach *necessities down the hill.
The beach is crowded this Friday afternoon.
My family scurries across the hot sand to find a place to lay our blanket; dodging pop up tents, umbrellas, sand pails, and bodies we find the perfect area; just high enough away from the approaching tide.
We met my friend Ally's family at the beach and we all begin to settle in. That is until I hear, Ally's son, Vlad say "I just saw V!"
V is a boy that was picked on constantly, for his weight and for his behavior. I remember before my court appointment, the lawyer pushing V at me and saying, take him too. Then having the caretakers around him laugh. His caretakers. The ones that are suppose to love him and take care of him. Laughing at him and mocking him. No child deserves this ridicule, but these are his protectors? Being an orphan is not a life that any of these children chose. They are the victims, but they are treated as the culprit.
We prayed for this boy to find a family.
Through a generous sponsor and an amazing family, V is being hosted for 10 weeks this summer! He is with a loving mother and father who have two young foster children. God's amazing power.
And now, V was at the beach...
There he was standing next to the black pavement, swim shorts in hand heading to the bathroom to change. Vlad touched his shoulder and he turned around quickly. V just stared...no words were spoken. His eyes just looked at Vlad, trying to figure it all out...was he seeing a ghost? Vlad has been absent from the orphanage for almost a year and a half. Slowly, V's gaze, went to me. He didn't recognize me, that was until I raised my over-sized sunglasses on to the top of my head.
Then a small smerk of disbelief and hope-filled-eyes appeared on his face, "Sasha y Yana?" he asks...
Adam pushing V and Yana into the waves. The little ones becoming sand monsters and finding sand crabs. Riding boogie boards and building castles, playing and talking.