Wow, I’m a terrible blogger! With that said, It should go without saying that, “it’s time that I update this blog”. I know some of you have been following Marlon’s story with us so I’ll use him as my first blog post of 2011.
Marlon has had his hearing aids for four months and there is not a day that passes that he is not excited about hearing. This past week as we were leaving church he told us that he could hear very little. When we returned home and put in new batteries the smile that came across his face would have lit up the Staples Center!
He has been attending pre-school with Mariah for the past couple months. He is in the four year old class, but is not much taller than they are! His teacher is fluent in sign language and is teaching him sign language and helping him learn to use words as well. It’s funny around our house to see Mariah using a few signs with Marlon. She uses words with her other brothers and sisters, but with him she uses words and signs. She is very attached to him. I think she may sense a “kinship” with their Latin heritage and their disabilities.
I know the main question for those of you who have followed his story is, “How long will he here in the States?” That’s a hard question to answer. We have petitioned the U.S. State Department for a visa extension through at least June. His current visa has expired, but with the extension petition he is still “legal” here until they give us an answer. We continue to seek God for answers to how our family fits into his long-term care. The reality is that if he is going to develop a language (or our hope – languages) his best chance is to remain in the States.
Since my last update he has been able to experience several U.S. holidays . . . Halloween, with more candy than even he could consume. Thanksgiving, with more Turkey than he wanted to consume. And Christmas, with more presents than he could imagine! He has even gotten to experience his first snow. Life has really been like a whirlwind for this ten year old!!
Finally, for those of you who read this blog and are inclined to talk with God on a regular basis we would appreciate your prayers on Marlon’s behalf. The bottom line is that we want what is best for him and we know God is on his side even more than us.