13 Nov Meetings, Birthday parties, and goodbyes….emotional day!
It always feels like our last day here is so busy. . we are always trying to fit everything in and this trip was no different! At least we had Gaby, Gabriel and Jonathan with us all day. We had a huge meeting at Mt Olivos with the Mayor’s staff to agree on house plans and materials. At first the Mt Olivos people were nervous and scared of what the Mayor’s staff wanted to do. . we reassured them that we started with the well and we were going to make sure that they all had homes. .we asked them to trust that we are on their side. . the meeting ended well with everyone agreeing that we needed to build a good solid home that stayed within our budget so that every family would have a home in 2012. . The mayor’s staff seemed to find favor with us and agreed with all of our suggestions and ideas. . .the first home was begun last week as a model and will confirm exactly what supplies we need and the time frame for each house. . we plan to start building the rest of the homes in March when our first Hearts2honduras mission team will arrive! With that meeting under our belt. . . it was time to prepare for the Birthday celebration for November and December birthdays! There were 8 Copprome kids that needed a big American birthday party! We bought ice cream and oreo cookies and headed to Copprome for dinner cooked by our fantastic ladies who work in the kitchen. . Doris and Doris. .yes same name. .both precious! We took Riley with us and he loved being at his first Hearts2honduras style birthday party,. He loved it all and fell in love with all of the kids, of course!……………………………………….. Then it was time for my least favorite time of every trip. . the goodbyes. . it is always hard but is especially hard to leave Gaby and Gabriel. . the words “I love you mom” are so hard to hear when you are going so far away. . I will be back in 2 months. . but for kids. . that seems like forever. .I said goodbye to Gabriel tonight and leaving Gaby tomorrow will be heart breaking…but I know I am leaving them in good hands and they will be waiting for me to return just like all the other kids…it just seems a little different for the 2 who call me mom….there is something special about that word…or at least there should be…..adopted or birth moms…the word is the same..and it breaks my heart that some kids never get to use that word..