I can not explain all the emotions I feel! the one thing I really wanted to do was go to an orphange while we were in Mexico. We asked people how to go to them and they said just show up. So after we went to Puerto Vallarta we went to get candy and headed to the orphanage. The house mother welcomed us and we gave candy to the little kids and went in to see the toddlers. They were getting ready for bed and we got them all hyper, then we settled down and said good night and they went into bed. Then we went into the baby room and this one little guy loved Tatyanah, he cried when she tried to leave him. We all loved him so much.
The little girls, happy sweet little girls that loved having their picture taken and wanted to see the pictures after. They were also very naughty too!
This little girl kept leaning over and rubbing her forehead on mine and being so sweet. But when I reach over to pick her up, she would not come to me. I was holding a little boy on my lap and plaing but I was curious to what she wanted.
Then she leaped into my arms for tons of hugs, she was holding my face and laughing so much. I loved her heart, we kept hugging heart to heart. Amanda, Jake and Taty watched for a while and then jumped in and started to play.
This little guy LOVED Amanda, he was so smart. He was telling Amanda all kinds of things and they had quite a conversation going on. They talked about the window and how to shut it. He was such a happy boy.
This little guy was a climber, he climbed everything, including into our arms and held on so tight, he gave big huge hugs and it was precious.
These little girls loved their picture being taken and they loved seeing their silly faces.
This is Amanda with her little brilliant man, Jake was a little quiet in this room but the kids loved him, he was just shy and felt bad.
he was such a love, we all just wanted to love them forever!
I suck her out of bed, she was already in bed and looking around so we played with her, she was so sweet. And when we put her down she was fine, she jus went on looking around.
This is Taty's little love, he loved her, he wanted her to stay with him. He was rocking back and forth in his crib and when he saw her he would not let her go. he was so smart and so tiny.
The bigger kids are always ready for love but they are also orphans and they know it is a moment of love not a lifetime. Some are cautious while most just dive in. Poor Taty was to give the kids their 2nd candy but she asked if they had one or 2? The kids said they 'wanted' 2. She thought they had 2 so she was not giving them another, she was so confused and so were they. In the end, everyone got candy and Taty was fine.
This little girl was full of giggles, we played for a long time, laughing and tickling and giggling. I love when she decided it was time for me to be tickled.
And then we played! We danced and sang, played ring around the rosie, clapping games, hand games, rides and singing. Amanda, Jake, Tatyanah and I played with the kids for a long time, Amanda had the camera for a bit but then we all just had fun together.
At one point a little girl went over to Jake and whispered in Jake's ear and sat beside him and just held his arm. It was so precious but I did not get a picture although it is etched in my heart forever.
Another time a little girl said something to me in Spanish and one little girl spoke pretty good english and when I asked her what she said she said, " jesus loves me" and all the kids broke out in song. It was one of the most beautiful raw real moments of my life. These precious children know that they are loved in spite of their world. They were loving, trusting and happy. They learned early what life can be like but they are loved by the ladies who love them and raise them, by strangers and by a god they believe in.
I think what made this special for me is the similarities for me. When I was a child I too was raised in a home, I was thrilled to share as much love as I could with these precious kids for the time I had with them. I walked in an saw the little girls beds all lined up and it was just as my first home was, lined up little beds. And the kids just wanted to be loved and be kids. This was an orphanage filled with love, structure and happiness. I will go back! We all left with our hearts over flowing with the love they gave us.