is really the word I would have to use to describe the sunshine and setting
for last year's October visit to meet the Desheng girls at school.
As our van drew in, the lunch hour had just begun and the students who stayed close enough were going home for lunch.
The boys were very interested to see Ossi and full of noise, laughter & questions!
It was unusual to be taking photos of the boys as our visits always centre around the girls
Desheng Middle School is situated in the middle of the karst mountains common to this area and surrounded by the most amazing scenery........
This is where most of the Desheng children will come to school after Primary School, tho some move on to Yizhou Middle School- around 30 mins away in Yizhou City.
It has often been frenetic when we have met with our friends here......
but they have all grown up a bit now, and we needed to move our relationship on......
It was lovely to be able to go round and chat to the girls while they were working.
While the girls were working, two special girls were gazing out of the window........
..and as we went over to see how they were doing, suddenly realised what they were looking at.......
Desheng Middle School looks out into the grounds of Desheng SWI,
the back windows of the baby room....
food for thought......
which those of you who "know" will understand........
For Desheng Friends...this is the moment that inspired our Calendar for this year :-)
As the girls continued to look out of the windows, we began to take photos, taking time to appreciate the beautiful, amazing, dazzling views!!!!!!
While the girls were working on their name cards we had asked them to think of questions they would like to ask, things they would like to share with us.
The girls took turns to pull a question out of the hat, read it out, and we all took turns to answer and share our thoughts with the girls.
It was a special time and wonderful to hear the Hopes and Dreams our Desheng Girls have for the future.
( Some plans being hatched here???)
Once she had worked out the words :-)
The girls LOVED it :-)
By now we were all hungry
Lunch was made by one of our girl's Foster father, who works in the school canteen!!!!!
and take all the goodbye photos with "friends"
But not before, some of the girls managed to sneak me into the dorms opposite
( where everyone was supposed to be taking a nap:-)
so that I could take some pics of the SWI over the wall!!!!!!!
There is a lot of pressure for the students at this school, and many of our girls struggle to mange to pay all the fees necessary to stay here.
We are so thankful to the many wonderful sponsors who continue to make this possible for them.
But what an amazing view to waken up to each day?