You taught me...

While I was in Guatemala, I spent some time at an orphanage helping hold babies and playing with some kiddos.  At first I though "yay!  Guatemalan babies!"  I remember one night there was some quiet commotion going on in the main house.  A few minutes later the director informed us that a young girl had been brought to the orphanage from the hospital because her parents thought she was going to die and left her.  Obviously, she survived her ailment.  The people at the orphanage were trying to find out how to get ahold of her parents to let them know she was alive and where they could come get her.

Her particular story ended well.  The parents came, sobbing and full of joy, to get their little girl.  More times than not, however, this is not the case.  It is a culture that when a situation like this happens... it's normal.  Families are ready to accept a certain fate and will walk away - ready to move on.  Unfortunately, the children are the ones who become the victim or receive the unfair consequence.  As I experienced this more, I loved on those children like none other. I sang to them.  Taught them about Jesus.  Taught them some English (they loved that!)  And what I learned the most... is that despite their circumstance... whether they were there because a parent gave up, or died or was killed or went missing... they had joy. 

It was a blessing to spend time holding babies, playing peek-a-boo, making them laugh by putting legos on my head and speaking English sometimes - playing chase with the preschoolers, tickling them until they had to pee, hugging them - giving high fives to the 8 year old who scored a "goooooooooaaaaaaal" and then giving a playful shove to the 12 year old who said I was bitter because I was so white and brown was sweeter like his Chapin self - and then watching the 15 year old girl walk down the aisle to meet her house mom during the quincenera ceremony. 

These kids had courage... and were brave... they would tell you they weren't.  But I know the truth.

All Supplies (except cardstock & small alpha) are from the SFTIO July Kit - Courage. 

Paper:  Lily Bee Design, GCD Studios, Cardstock: DCWV, Alphabet: American Crafts (large), Cosmo Cricket (small), Flower: Prima Marketing, Sticker: Glitz Design, Bling: Mark Richards, Kaisercraft, Felt stars: Creative Impressions

The paper combo in this months SFTIO kit is to DIE for!!! How could you not want to create courageous layouts with the beautiful color palette??  Stop by the SFTIO site to get your kit today.  :)  Do I need to dare you?