I have been beside myself over the past few days. It’s been a whirlwind of a week for a number of reasons… amidst hearing beautiful pieces of my daughter’s life through my friend Nicole’s trip (more on that later), and good news then bad news then confusing news in adoption land, came this heartache… my precious Jenri passed away last week. He would have turned four in July.
For those who are long time readers, you will very likely remember the little Guatemalan boy that changed my life.
Little Jenri (pronounced like the English “Henry”).
I met this tiny boy during my first trip to Guatemala in October 2012. He was 2.5 years old and weighed ten pounds, an improvement over his weight upon arrival at the rescue center. Despite his severe state, he truly responded to being held and talked to. He would listen to my voice and look right at me. And though it was strange and heart wrenching and somewhat awkward to hold his skeleton of a frame, I did it. Every day I could. It wasn’t much, it wasn’t everything he needed, but it was all I knew to do.
When I returned to Guatemala in July 2013, Jenri’s weight had improved and he looked so much better than our first meeting. But despite what seemed to be improving condition, he passed away last week due to complications and illness.
Words fail me.
Pushing through tears, I want to give you words, though, because his life is worthy.
I’ve been troubled thinking that none of his relatives, that I know of, were there to grieve him and bury him. I’ve questioned myself, thinking I could have done more to fight for him. I’ve been angry at the circumstances surrounding his story, hating that he lived his life in a hospital, mostly laying in a crib, and not in the care of a family.
But I am grateful that indeed many, many visitors to the baby hospital met Jenri and grew to love him.
So, I’m sharing today because I am one changed by his life. I am writing because he is my family. I want to honor this tiny life and share it over and over again.
It would bless my heart, and yours, I believe, if you would take a minute to read and watch some of these posts about this precious boy.
More Posts About Jenri
I Saw Jenri – October 2012
Video from October 2012 (I come in somewhere around 8:40 to share about Jenri):
Now That I Have Seen – November 2012
What Legacy Means to Me (a video for a series we did at church…I cannot stand watching myself on video, BUT, this sums up my heart for this boy, so I share it in spite of myself):
The Great Tiny Baby Rescue – January 2013
Oh, That You (Taylor Holder) – March 2013
Read more about Operation Baby Rescue
Sweet Boy, thank you for changing my life.
Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart. Thank you for giving so much love to so many. I am so sorry that you could not live with a family, that we did not do more for you, that you lived so much of your life in a hospital.
Yet, I am so, so happy to know today you are running with Jesus, whole and healed and well. I cannot wait to run with you when I get there. I see you, Jenri, and I love you, sweet boy.
July 27 2010 – May 2014
sharing his story here