Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Leaving

Leaving was hard. This place was my home for 3 months. I got to know and love these kids so much. I'm so thankful for my time at the home, but it's hard to say good-bye to
Checha's contagious laugh, 
Alejandra's sweet hugs,
Yeni's crazy personality,
Brayan's helpfulness,
playing ball with Cesar,
Rafael's squeals,
Humberto's feeding times,
Ruavis's cuddling,
Olympia's kisses,
Merlyn's beautiful face,
Edy's sweet cooing and giggles on his good days,
and Alison's smile. 

On the night before I left, I brought baby Alison upstairs with me. She "helped" me pack, but I also got to spend a little more time with her before I left. I look at this picture, and I long to hold her again. These kids changed my life for the better. 

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I've been home 6 days now. It was very overwhelming at first, as my family moved from California to Texas while I was gone, so I came home to new everything! It's been hard adjusting, but it's so good to be with my family again. I got my younger siblings off the bus my first day back, and they were so happy to see me. Oliver freaked out, and did not leave my side the rest of the day. He still pretty much is always with me, and I'm okay with that, except for when I'm in the bathroom and I can hear him pounding on the door. :) 

I plan now to continue my blog but about my life her in Texas with my crazy family. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Family Day in the City

The Monday before I came home, we went on a crazy adventure. We decided to take all of the kids into the city to walk around the mall so they could see all the Christmas decorations. We also saw the movie Trolls in the theater. We took two vans and a truck. A total of 7 wheelchairs, two baby carriers, and a a double stroller was brought. We left the home around 10. I got to ride in one of the vans with this amazing group of kids.

Cesar, Olympia, Ruavis, Alejandra, and Humberto

Sweet Edy

We arrived at the mall, did diaper changes, and put the kids in their chairs. There were so many neat decorations, and the kids loved it. At one point we had to take the escalators/elevators to go down a story. Brayan, Yeni, and Cesar came on the escalator since they are walkers. Yeni freaked out at first and started doing the splits like in the movie Elf, but after she was on it, she enjoyed it. 

After walking around for a bit, we went for lunch in the food court where we got Pollo Campero. It was really good. We then walked to the theater in the mall. Thankfully, we were the first ones in since it took us awhile to get everyone situated. When the movie started, you can hear oohs and aahs from many of the kids. It was such a neat experience for them. What kid doesn't love the movie theaters? And, all of the kids were well behaved during the movie and we didn't have to take any of them out. The movie was in Spanish, but I felt like I understood most of it. 

Here's a group pic in front of the big tree in the mall. All in all, it was a great day, and I'm so blessed to have this memory with such an amazing group. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Tree Day

Here at the home they have a whole day dedicated to decorating the house for Christmas. They call it Christmas Tree Day. It's normally the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we had to do it on Saturday. I woke up early to make cinnamon rolls for everybody. It was a great start to a crazy day. All the kids got dressed in Christmas attire, and the decorations got brought out.

Sweet Edy <3 I miss him so much. He is one of the cutest babies ever!

Checha was particularly excited this day because this is his first Christmas at the home. Alison kept wanting to take the bows from my hair. 

Katie is truly amazing. She has a heart like no other. I enjoyed my time getting to know her. She taught me so much. 

Alejandra loved wearing this hat, but it kept falling off of her. 

Olympia has started giving kisses to everyone. Here she is giving one to Merlyn. These sweethearts loved the excitement of the day, and decided it was their job to get into all the decorations. 



Alejandra, Yeni, me, Ruavis, and Checha

I'm so glad that I'm able to have a group picture of all of us, especially since we are all decked out in our Christmas gear. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Home

I left early this morning, and I'm safely home now. I had a great last few days in Guatemala that I'll blog about soon. I miss those kiddos so much, but I'm happy to be home and surrounded by my family and fiance. Oliver has not left my side, and his reaction when he first saw me after the three months was priceless!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The morning day started with us getting all the kids up a little earlier than normal to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We brought out mats, and just had a lazy morning in the living room. While most watched the parade, a few of us were in the kitchen fixing up the turkey, mashed potatoes, rice-a-roni, heavenly corn, bread, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Around 2, all the food was ready to eat!

We had a total of 25 people. It was loud, crowded, and crazy, but a lot of fun. We all went around saying things we are thankful for. There were some tears shed, that's for sure. 

This was my first Thanksgiving away from my family. It was a little hard, as I thought about all the things I normally do with my family. I was able to skype with them a bit in the afternoon and that was nice. It just made me all the more thankful for the loving family that I do have, and God that gave me my family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Humberto!!!

Humberto turned 5! I wanted to try something besides just balloons for his cake. This was the result, with some help from Anny. We only had yellow, blue, and green dye. I think it turned out great, and he loved it too! 

The entire time, Humberto was so loud. He just kept squealing, and he was loving all of the attention. 

Happy Birthday Humberto! I'm so glad I was able to spend it with you. :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

8 More Days

 Time goes by so fast! It's hard to believe that my 3 months here are coming to an end. These kids are so beautiful, and they have taught me so much. 

Precious Alison is now sitting up on her knees. She is beginning to develop an attitude, much like her older sister Olympia. There aren't really sisters, but we just call the kids in the home siblings. I love her facial expression in this pic. 

Olympia is a big help with Ruavis's therapy. She sees the stretches I do with him, and tries to imitate them. 

I'm going to miss the morning therapy times. I love my baby group! Though some mornings are challenging, they always find a way to get me to smile. 

Anny brought her traditional Guatemalan outfit for me to wear for a pic. A few days later, she brought me some cortes and fajas to look at to see if I wanted to buy one. In the market, they are pretty expensive, but she helped me get a nice one for a good price. She also taught me how to put it on. It is so challenging, but I think I got the hang of it. .

Though I'm going to miss this place, it's become a home away from home, I'm ready to see my family/fiance again. I'm so thankful for my time here, as God has shown me time and time again that He provides.