Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweet Loves.

 I really don't have much to write tonight other than I've really enjoyed spending time with the kids....

The centers are more picky now about taking pictures so I don't take as many  you can see... I do sneak a few. 

Maybe that's why we spend so much time on the trampoline away from eyes that could see us taking pictures!

These pictures are all out of order but it was too much trouble to fix them! 

These are all from the last couple times we have been at CIPI.

Trampoline time usually turns into cuddle time... and I'm perfectly ok with that! :)

 I brought a new outfit or shirt for each kid in the special needs area. This is Maybeline in her new outfit :)

 Jose-Luis in his new shirt. :)
I had bought Lyonel a 24 month sized outfit! He has grown SOOOO much since December. This shirt is a 5T!! :) 
Nelson didn't really want his picture made... He wanted me to hold him!
 More trampoline time... :)
 Sweet Anderson. He is a baby of a teenage mom. 

 Mom and son :) They all have boys except for one.

 We were there on Saturday and it was this sweet baby's 1st birthday! We took him a crown, cookies, and a new outfit! (Actually it was the outfit that was WAY TOO small for Lyonel!)
 I told you we spend a lot of time on the trampoline!
Sweet Maybeline. :)

Little Marvin had been in the hospital for over a week... He just came home today!
 And he was happy to be back!

 Luis-Antonio in his new shirt :)
 Maybeline and Hailey!  

Machado in his new shirt! He didn't want to look at the camera!

This picture does NOTHING to show how really excited Fernando was to get his SpiderMan tshirt! He jumped up and down and was SO happy. That's the best 4 bucks I've ever spent!

 Sweet baby Josue on his birthday!
We ALL love trampoline/cuddle time!

I only have a few more days here to love on the kids. And I am determined to hold nothing back. The devil has tried hard to keep me frustrated or to keep me from enjoying my time here but I will NOT let him rob me of my last few days here. Please pray for me to love with no abandon these next few days. 

After I leave there is one week off for Kurt and then 11 weeks straight of teams! So these kids will be getting plenty of love over the summer! :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I'm back!

I'm back in El Salvador! 

And as excited as I usually am to be here, this trip started out a little rocky.

Even before traveling here I was nervous and fretted about coming back... 

I'm not sure why. Maybe has to do with a sweet new baby nephew that I was leaving behind... or a sweet boyfriend that I was leaving behind... but anyway...

I thought once I got gone it would all be ok! BUT... My flight from Memphis was super delayed... storms...more fuel...Atlanta was too busy to leave... 

All that resulted in my connection being missed in Atlanta... That normally wouldn't bother me but my friend Hailey was in Atlanta waiting for me. She couldn't change her ticket so she had to fly out without me. 

Hailey has never been to ES. She didn't know what Kurt looked like... She didn't know where to go in the airport or how to get through customs. She didn't have a clue about ANYthing! 

That bothered me worse than anything. And it bothered her, too!

But thankfully, she was able to get wifi on the plane and message me through facebook. I was able to give her all the info she needed to get through the airport and find Kurt. :) 

But I was stuck in ATL for 5 hours then had a flight to Orlando and THEN to El Salvador. 

Once in Orlando I switched airlines from Delta to Taca. No big deal except for the fact that Taca was WAY across the MASSIVE Orlando airport and I had to find the ticket counter, get a real boarding pass, go back through security and THEN find my gate. 

I made it to ES finally at about 6:30 PM. I was originally supposed to land at 11:45 AM! 

So I make it through customs and go to find my luggage. Then I hear my name called over the speaker to come to the luggage desk.... That couldn't be a good sign!

So, yea, NONE of my luggage made it. I had nothing but my backpack. 

No clothes, no shampoo, no toothbrush, nothing but my laptop and purse. 

So first off we went to Wal-Mart to buy underwear and a toothbrush! :) And I borrowed clothes from Hailey. 

So, the funk I was in coming did NOT get any better once I got here...

All I could think was that the devil SURE didn't want me here. 

But on Monday, I finally got my hands on some sweet kids and that of course made me feel much better! :)

Our first couple days have been good. We've been tired but getting back into the swing of crazy ES traffic, and loving on some sweet kids! 

Trampoline time with some WILD girls!

Sweet girl consoling her baby sister.

Sweet Machado!

We went to San Martin on Tuesday only to find out that all of the kids 18 and younger were moved to a different center. While that makes the jobs for the Tias/Tios at San Martin MUCH easier it was very sad to not see some very good friends. Hopefully we can visit them in their new home soon!!
Sweet Juancito! Notice his shirt! :)

We took Rudy and Chepe to lunch with us! :)

We took Rudy and Chepe to lunch with us! :)

 And 2 days later, my luggage finally made it! :)

And it was Sweet EJ's 4th birthday! And since I missed his party because of my missed flights, we celebrated last night at Wendy's! 

It's good to be back and to see familiar kids and friends! :)