Monday, July 14, 2008

Leaving the Happiest Place on Earth...

It's super late and I'm really tired (it's midnight, and I've been up since 5:15). It was my turn for writing the team blog, so I've just posted it here.

If you read the "Hear the Cry" blog I did get a sari when we all went shopping...two actually:) and I'm in LOVE with them...haha! They are so beautiful! We didn't end up having time for Reema to show us how to wear them, so I might have some difficulty trying to wear it! I did start feeling a little better, although when we were shopping for saris, we were really crowded and I got super light-headed and pale and thought I was going to pass out. After I stepped outside and had some water I felt a little better, but Reema still made me go to sleep on her bed when we got back to Happy Home:) She's so sweet, I asked her if it was ok that I was on her bed and she was like, "no need to ask, my house is your house"...I love her so much!

Today was SO hard! I talked about it a little on the team blog, but oh man, I was bawling!! It was so hard to leave a little girl named Pallavi (Pah-la-vee)! She's the girl that is with me in the picture. I love her so much...she gave me a pair of earrings today! She said "small gift...small gift, for you" and she put them in my ears! was so sweet:) I gave her a picture of our family that we took last Christmas...and she loved it!! She came back with a plastic cover for me to put the picture in so it wouldn't get ruined...oh man...everytime I think about her, tears come to my eyes! As we were leaving, we were both crying so much and hugging and we just couldn't let go of each other...then when I went on the bus all the kids were gathered together waving goodbye, and she came closer to the bus, and held out her hand for me to hold her hand one last time! sweet!! We were both just crying so much!

Ahh....ok, well that's my story for now...haha...

Well, I'm ready to go to bed in my super comfy bed!!! I hope I can get a lot of sleep tonight! I'm looking forward to the trainride tomorrow...I can't remember how long it is tomorrow...I think from Ongole to Delhi it's like 20 hours or so...but I'm not sure about the train tomorrow....

Ok, well I better go, I'm fading:) I love you guys so much! It's kind of weird, I think it's easier to think about going home after saying goodbye today. Even though I want to stay, there isn't as much incentive if we're not with the little kiddos:) But, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Ok, I'm really going to bed!



1 comment:

the fordices said...

Gosh, just reading your entry breaks my heart. I am tearing up for you! I am sure there a mix of emotions that you are feeling but it sounds like it has been an amazing trip thus far. the love you shared with those kids is just a tid bit of the love the Lord has for us. We are so blessed to know our creator. I can only pray that each of those kids saw their creator in YOU! Can't wait to see you!


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As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.