The giggles and chuckles were intertwined. The shiny remnants of glorious slobber shimmered around the corners of his mouth. His wide smile boasting the sprouts of 4 tiny teeth was enough to melt any human heart. “Peek-a-boo, I see you”, his mother proclaimed with a high pitched voice. Her son delighted at each call. He held onto the moments of joy. He reflected the love that his eyes were embracing. Each time his mother went invisible behind the wall of her hands, the little one searched feverishly for her. Until her eyes would peek out above the rim of her fingers and his delight would return. “Peek-a-boo, I see you”.
For a family that has grown up outside of the trauma, and homelessness that many of our Acres of Hope women and children have faced, it would seem a normal occurrence to experience a game of Peek-a-Boo. Yet for an Acres of Hope family who has faced the odds and trauma that led to a life of homelessness, such a game proves that transformation really happens. Instead of worrying about where their next meal is coming from, they play Peek-a-Boo. Instead of a crying baby and a mother clutching her head in stress, there is laughter. Instead of a mother and child standing in line hoping to get into an emergency shelter, they play inside the safety and warmth of their own home. A game of Peak-a-Boo at Acres of Hope means a family is more than just making it, they are thriving.
We delight to hear the laughter, we love to see the joy. We are comforted by knowing another family is safe. That a woman and her child are in the process of breaking their cycle of homelessness. So the next time you hear it, those words, “Peek-a-Boo, I see you”, remember our Acres of Hope families. Remember to pray for them, because they are doing the hard work of renewing their lives. Pray for them to know more beautiful moments of transformation. Pray for them to become the Family of Hope they are striving to be.
To become a partner of prayer for Acres of Hope families and to pray for our campus:
Visit: acresofhopeonline.org or call 530-878-8030