Well....I have tried about 10 times to make a slideshow and it just hasn't worked....for some reason I could not get it to transfer over to to here.
So I finally decided that maybe God wanted me to write out more of our story. These are the pictures that we have put into a slideshow that we have shown to friends....and now there will be some of the narrative along with it!
There are a ton so I will split it up over a few days...
A beautiful sunrise greeted us on our first morning of camping in southern California....I snuck down to the beach before anyone was up and had a sweet time of prayer.
Our crazy packed car! This is right before we got rear-ended which we figured just helped us to blend in down in Mexico!
It took 3 days to get from our home in Washington down to the orphanage...it was wild but so much fun!
Our first glimpses of the orphanage...
There are a ton of other things going on at this ministry besides just an orphanage. About 100 kids live in the orphanage that you can see peeking through the palm trees (the buildings not the kids!). There is also a full outreach program that serves meals to the hungry, has a food bank, a clothing bank, a full medical facility with 2 doctors, 2 surgical beds and tons of other stuff...
Our room! It was simple but perfect....so many memories there!
We got there in the evening and went over to play on the playground. We could hear giggles in the buildings and every once in awhile a pair of dark eyes would peep out from behind a corner....oh how I wanted to be in with them all!
These are the guest quarters where we stayed...such a rough life :)
We ate most of our meals in the cafeteria with the kids. They have it down to a science in and out in 15 minutes! They save every scrap. The food still on the serving platters in served in the outreach building to those in the community who are hungry, any other scraps are fed to the pigs...I feel very aware of each little bit that we throw out so carelessly hear at home.
We spent just about every morning playing with the cuties in La Cuna (The Nursery). Anytime their was downtime we could go in and play! I think Ravenna could have lived there!
This guy was a fireball! Always running, giggling and ready to wrestle!
Parker spent his days as a robot or a ninja and showed off his moves to everyone. He had the volunteer groups going on 'robot missions' whenever there was a dull moment!
Georgia was just her cute open little self
and Ravenna entertained the kids with her 'gymnastics'!
We spent just about every morning playing with the cuties in La Cuna (The Nursery)
Our kids just jumped in and played....
Even blankie had a part in the action!
This little one was so full of spunk, one minute sweet and the next a little spitfire!
This little gal seriously loved Georgia's shoes. Every chance she got she was carrying one but only Georgia's, no one else's!
Georgia hardly walked all week, she was carried and snuggled and loved on by the older girls every chance they got!