Kelly and I are now being called mama and papa by a couple of the orphans. It started last night. It was just Kelly, the kids and myself. Kelly was in the shower and I was washing dishes while the kids were dancing to Alvin and the Chipmunks playing on Kelly's phone. I was up to my elbows in soapy water when I heard someone scream "mama"! I went running out of the kitchen and found Otelson sitting on the floor cradling his hand. When he looked up and saw me he said again, "mama!" with a panicked look in his eyes he reached up to me. My heart melted and I sat down on the floor, snuggled him and gave him kisses. As most "injuries" go with kids it was nothing serious, he had just smacked his hand against something. It touched me as he sat there with me and I smothered him with kisses, he has no mama and no papa but he desperately wants someone to fill that roll and comfort him and love him unconditionally. We all know that God does that for him but for a child there is still something very different about having a father and mother as well as our Heavenly Father and Otelson understands that difference. It is sad and hard to swallow but it makes me love these children even more if that is possible! Even when Dina glues stickers to the window or Liline takes my eyeshadow and wipes it all over her face or when each of them runs through my pile of dirt while trying to sweep (and I mean multiple times!). I pray that I can be like a mother to them even if it is only for these few months. We were watching a slide show of pictures while eating lunch today and every time there was a picture of me Otelson would look up at me beaming and say " mama!" and occasionally "I love you mama!". Talk about something big to live up to! I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity to love these children in the upcoming months. Love and blessings from Haiti!