It's Good to be Back - But I wish I could have Stayed
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Our trip started out with a lot of walking through airport terminals, a long day of travel. The excitement to see our friends and the kids they have adopted was almost more than I could stand!! What an awesome family. Their dedication to the camp and the residents just makes my eyes well with tears. They have sacrificed seeing family, family members passing and a great, successful life here in the states. After having spent a week with them, I can see why they have done it. Sunday was a goof off day for all of us. Then Monday we headed to the camp. Met the residents and got to work. As we greeted the residents, one common theme was evident. They all thanked GOD for another day. Looking at what they have, or don't have....I could see another day being a curse and not a blessing. They have opened my eyes to what is important. To the over abundance of what we have. Even being able to have a computer and write this blog!! They have a bed and some have a small refrigerator and some have a small TV. But for the most part, they all have a bible too. They can quote scripture like no other. Most of them look out for each other. It was so sweet to see them interacting with each other. Some of them were hard to understand. Health care and dental care for them is not what it is here for us. Most of them don't have all their teeth and can be hard to understand. Others in the camp though can understand them with no trouble at all. I did some painting during the week. I helped prepare sandwiches for lunch for the residents one day. And I got to sit and listen to them and form friendships with them. We did that Monday through Thursday. I also got to help prepare a dinner for them. We made spaghetti sauce and noodles. Frying up 10 lbs of meat in eighty degree weather (no air-conditioning either) was a bit hot!!! On Friday we got to take a number of the residents out to a "garden" with some birds and animals along with flowers. For some of them this was their first time on an outing in three years. They were so excited to go! They talked about it all week long! It was rainy that day, and we were worried that we wouldn't be able to go. But, it was actually a blessing in disguise, we did go, and it wasn't unbearably hot for the residents. The smiles on their faces was so worth it all! When we got back from the outing, it was time to say our good-byes. We were leaving early Saturday morning to start our LONG day of travel. It was so hard to leave. Some of the residents hugged me so tight, and cried. A few asked us to take them with us. That was a very hard time. I didn't want to leave them either. My heart has forever been changed, and a part of me is still there with them.
Saturday turned out to be a very long day! We went from the Bahamas to Atlanta and then to New York! The weather back in Wisconsin was deteriorating fast. Found out we were one of the last flights headed our way that got out of New York. Once we finally got into Milwaukee we had a long slow drive home in the snow. Was pretty pooped when we finally made it home. Both my hubby and I collapsed in bed. Been trying to get caught up on sleep, strength and work at work ever since. Finally think I am getting there.