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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

The End-of-the-Year Prayer

An old article...

The End-of-the-Year Prayer at Mother Mary's shrine

Mom: Here we were at the last few hours of the year of 2013 which would soon pass. With this passing of time, we can not help but realized the graces of God in our lives through the love of our parents, the love of "Dad", and the numerous family of people who labored, provided and cared for us.

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There were only eight kids of all ages at our home when Professor Jesse came to teach us how to self-defense. How about are the new-coming kids? Who will teach them the martial arts?

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Sunday, 19 April 2015 00:00

Hurt - So much hurt

The title of this article is taken from Fr. Martino's uttered words after learning about the stories of the two girls who recently arrived at the OBV home.

It has been a week since the two came to live at the home. There are noticeable changes in the two girls – both positive and joyous. However, there are things we've yet uncovered; things that hurt deeply.

Little C malnourished and frail when she arrived at OBV home.

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I used to be very happy when I looked back my achievements such as our children are wise, and were recovered intact. They have grown up; have studied well and have had good jobs.

I used to be very happy when our adopted children were in the same household book with me. A family has full of caring, sharing and happiness. When they were back to their parents, they usually call me to ask how I was that day, or to ask for an advice if they are facing difficulties.

I used to be expected that my children's future will be good. They will be independent. They will have their own families/children and they will be happy.

However, no one raises their child perfectly without difficulties in their lives.

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People say that "One good turn deserves another". Don't wait for becoming a rich man to start sharing, we should learn to share with others even though we are in difficulties and disadvantages, because there is always someone's life being much harder. Therefore, Dr Thanh Tam (MD) and Dr Duy An (PhD) drove us to some places, namely "The Baby graveyard" and "Nursing home for the elders"

After that trip, they left us some notes, I would like to quote here...

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Picture date taken 2-13-2015

(Mother N. and the parents)

As usual, at the end of each year, we have a meeting with parents in order to provide information about their children's life in OBV. This year, after receiving the notification from OBV, all parents attended the meeting with us. Even though there were many disadvantages, they still arrived on time. For instance, some of them who live far away had arrived one day before and stayed overnight in OBV, or some drove during midnight to OBV. However, there were still some who couldn't make it due to personal circumstances.

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

A Few Minutes' Recollection


Extracurricular activities for the children of OBV have been finished, but the images of them running, jumping, laughing, somehow are still in my heart. What impressed me most was the moments when in the end of the day, the children were sitting in a circle to think about themselves.

In the circle, the silence, the melody, the heartfelt spoken words... all of that made the children and me think. To help us forget all about the world outside uncle Sy told us to close our eyes, relax and reminded us to think about our families, about our beloved ones, about the time that we made the others sad and disappointed. And just like that, the melody, the silence, the sentiments, the questions were repeated over and over again in our heads, and stuck in our mind.

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Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

Happy Feast Day - OBV Vietnam

October 1 St.Therese as a Feast Day of aunt T and 3 kids in the house.

Unlike previous times, this time mother N wanted to make a surprise so she scratched at herself -from buying flowers, gifts even cooking.

Ms.T: let me give aunt T a present.
Ms.H: Mom, have you brought any things yet? I have got the perfect gift to give to ...

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Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Weekend Work Projects

The OBV children planting trees

The OBV-VN family members regularly carry out weekend work projects. At times we work in the garden, at others we do house-cleaning. Generally we work for two hours. Afterwards, we can rest, entertain ourselves or read books. During the weekend, in the evening, we watch the movies or take part in karaoke sessions.

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

New school year- Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

New school year 2014

During the summer, although the children only got 1 month off and then resumed again in summer school and the new school year. But every year, on Semtemper 5th, all school across the country are opening and their school is no exception.

A ceremony to welcome the new school year

Unlike the other days, today, mother N woke up early because the house assistants were busy in Cambodia. Mother made breakfast and reminded the kids to dress up in order to attend start of the school year.

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