Cuba 2014 – Part 3 – Lily

Lily. Many of you “met” Lily in last year’s series on Cuba (here). And many of you helped pray for Lily when we found out this past November that she was in hospital in critical condition. A lot of people (and most especially our friend Sharon) helped us get the necessary medications and vitamins to Lily, and it quite literally (according to her family) saved Lily’s life.

Lily turned 2 in January. We missed her birthday celebration by a few days, but we sure enjoyed the miracle of her life the entire 11 weeks that we were in Cuba this year. We were eager to see for ourselves how she was doing, and were constantly delighted by Lily’s quirky sense of humour, her joyous zest for life and her funny antics.

Lily’s not 100% out of the woods, health-wise; her immune system is still lower than it should be and she struggles with allergies and possible asthma symptoms. But as various family members grew visibly weary from having to keep up with her as she raced off here and there, they often looked over their shoulders at me and grinned, all of us knowing that this was infinitely better than the bedridden child that she was just a few short months ago.

So let me share some of those “Lily highlights”. One of our favourite Lily-moments came after hubby gave her a small Halloween-sized chocolate bars. Lily popped the chocolate into her mouth and then flung her arms into the air and exclaimed (to my hubby): “Oh, mi amore, MUCHAS GRACIAS!” Everyone howled with laughter, and hubby and I continue to hold that little gift close to our hearts.

Another beloved Lily-story is how every so often, without any notice or any prompting from anyone, Lily will just bow her head  and start praying for “Charon and Anderray” which is how she pronounces our names (with a delightful rolling “r” in Andre’s name). And though Lily’s father is the pastor of the community church there, and their family does listen to Christian music and prays together often, these little spontaneous prayers are both a delight and a wonder to even Lily’s parents. Apparently she’ll be playing and suddenly get down on her knees, bow her head and just pray for us. And since we all know that God loves children and loves to answer children’s prayers, we have to believe that much of our wonderfully rich blessings over the past year are in large part thanks to Lily!

Another thing that Lily often does is yell out: “Mama…” (Mama answers “yes Lily”) Lily: “te amo” (I love you) and then continue on with whatever she’s doing at the time. Needless to say, Mama (Yeni) treasures each and every one of those little heart gifts!

We couldn’t get enough of Lily. We weren’t able to physically visit the village as often as we wanted (the taxi ride was $14 return, and we needed to budget our money in order to be able to build those two bathrooms and repair some walls and roofs as well), but our hearts always ached to be out there, chatting and visiting and witnessing more of the miracle of Lily. Even now that we’re home, not a day goes by without mention of Lily. We often chat together about various antics and memories of what time we DID get to spend with her and her family. We’re not entirely sure we’ll be able to wait another whole year before seeing her again.

In the meantime we have plenty of pictures. LOTS of pictures of Lily. In fact, mentioning pictures reminds me of how Lily loves to pose for the camera. She would pretend to be a glamorous model and insist that I take pictures of her in various hilarious poses…it was too funny, and my camera just wasn’t able to fully capture the humour and fun of those moments. But I’ll show you what I have and let you imagine the fun and laughter that we had just being with Lily.

(click on the first picture and it will take you to a gallery that you can click through)



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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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4 Responses to Cuba 2014 – Part 3 – Lily

  1. She is such a cutie, and such a ham! I can see why you would be so taken with her!!


  2. Her personality shines right through the pictures. I bet when she prays she thanks God for you and Anderray! A heart warming story. Hopefully she’ll grow out of the allergies.


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