Thursday, March 12, 2009

The last day...

It was our last full day in Guatemala. We'll say goodbye to the kiddos tommorow morning and take a shuttle to Guatemala city, leaving my heart behind.

We went to school this morning with the big girls and observed the classes, as well as help teach English. The kids were so affectionate and LOVED having us there to visit. These poor children tore pieces off of their bread and broke apart their cookies so that we would have a snack too. I could've scooped all of them up and taken them home!

After going to the school, our plan was to go into the town for lunch and a little shopping. We use "chicken buses" which are basically old school buses that they use for public transportation. I tried oh SO hard to not think about leaving tommorow but it did not work lol. I'd been just feeling really sad and when I sat down in the bus I just melted. It was very embarrassing and I really didn't know why I was crying except for the fact that I just felt sad. Of course we had sat in the front row, so everyone had to pass by the American girl who is crying on her dad's shoulder lol. This sweet old Guatemalan woman was climbing onto the bus and in Spanish told me, "Oh you are sad?? You need your mama." That made me cry even harder!! So that began my emotional morning. We arrived in town and headed for lunch. We decided to call my mom while we were waiting for our food and we took turns going over to the side of the patio to talk with her. When it was my turn I sat down and we started talking about how incredible this trip has been, how God has blessed us so abundantly this week, how it's going to be so hard to leave, and I started crying again. Thankfully that was the end of my tears and we enjoyed lunch, ice cream, and shopping together before heading up to the orphanage.

The rest of the afternoon and evening we spent with the kids. My heart has been so heavy today and it was painful to be in there with the children. It hurt so much to go in there and see the darling faces of the girls who I've grown to love so much. I wanted to just go down to our apartment, pack up, and get out of this country that is such a burden on my heart. But I knew I would regret it if I didn't spend as much time as I could with the kids. So that was our day. I'm sorry I don't have much more to say. It's been a good day but long and hard.

Thank you so much for those that have just started reading my blog. Thank you for all of the comments, sweet friends. Your emails, facebook messages, and comments have pushed me on throughout the week.

I will have MUCH more to write when I get home as I process everything that has taken place this week. I'm putting together a slideshow of videos and pics that I will hopefully post Saturday!

We covet your prayers for safe travel tommorow as we drive and fly home.
Many blessings,


Sharon said...

Thanks for telling us all about your trip, I look forward to hearing more!
And be happy :) that you got to spend the time that you did with them! And now you have an even better understanding of the fatherless, and I know that God is going to use you to do great things!!!!

Sharon said...

Would it be ok if I friended you on facebook? I don't know your last name though.

EHouchin said...


Your journey has been such a blessing to me!!! What you are doing is AMAZING!!!! You have such a big heart for these precious kids! I will continue to pray for the kids, and you as you ajust back to life here.

Emilee Houchin
I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. John 14:18