Yesterday before dinner, I spent about an hour sitting in a rocking chair outside of Casa Verde, overlooking the valley view that is so familiar to me. It is one of the most beautiful views I know.
As I sat, I spent some time reflecting on this year and I thought to myself, "How did I get here?" Do you ever have those moments? I laughed to myself as I thought, "Only God could have done this, and it is beautiful."
So many changes have taken place since I first stepped foot on the property of the Good Shepherd Children's Home in January 2012. Over 3 and a half years later, my life is drastically different from what it was then.
But the children I loved back then have also changed.
Children who once came up to the top of my stomach are now taller than me. Boys' voices have dropped. The little girls I played make-believe with underneath kitchen tables are now gaining new, curvy figures and preteen girl attitudes.
It is amazing to watch their lives unfold. And I get to stop and look back on it with such gratitude in my heart that God would allow me to live life with them.
I get to be their teacher, their friend, their mentor. I get to spend Sunday afternoons with them -- being silly and playing games and making memories.
Oh, what a privilege this is. I love my job.
A few months ago, I did a Time-Lapse project. I gathered some pictures I took during my first trips in 2012, and I had the kids help me re-create them. It is so interesting to see what has and hasn't changed in 3 and a half years. I have loved seeing those changes, and Lord-willing, I am excited to see more in the years to come.
|Lester -- Then: 10 years old. Now: 14|
|Jennifer Yolany -- Then: 12 years old. Now: 16|
|Armando (my Honduran BFF) -- Then: 13 years old. Now: 17|
Me Then: 20 years old. Now: 24
|Casitas -- Then and Now|
|Brother and Sister Lily and Lester -- Lily Then: 5 years old. Now: 9|
|Jorge -- Then: 13 years old. Now: 16|
|School Stage -- Then and Now|
|School Basketball Court -- Then and Now|
|School Flag Pole -- Then and Now|