I am not even sure where to begin this post. So many emotions come racing through my head as I reflect on my recent trip to Honduras and meeting our new daughters.
I fought back tears through the flights there and as I stepped off the airplane. Thankfully, entering customs and getting my bag went quickly. I was so anxious, however, I thought I still had an hour and a half drive before I would be able to meet my girls. As I stepped through the door to enter the airport, I saw Allison and Emily and then quickly noticed that they weren’t alone. They wanted to surprise me! There, standing before me, were three beautiful girls. The tears that I had fought back could not be contained as I wrapped my arms around each one of them. My heart was overflowing with emotion as God confirmed that I was to be their mommy! We left the airport hand in hand!
We stopped off at Burger King (yes, Honduras has a Burger King) for a little ice cream treat. It was a very warm day! Emily got out her camera and Flor immediately asked her, “Will you take a picture of me and mommy?” (in Spanish of course) Mommy!? She called me mommy!
After the hour and half drive, we finally made it to Allison’s house! It was so good to see her girls and I think most of them grew 6 inches in the last month! They all seemed bigger than when we visited at Christmas.
We had a mid-morning picnic with Allison, a few of her girls, Emily, Alicia (another missionary), and her two children, Nicholas and Bethany. It was warm and so nice to just sit and visit outside in the fresh air. I forgot that it was still February! That afternoon we took the girls to the pediatrician. He was great! I felt very comfortable with him and he was really sweet to the girls. He checked them over and then prescribed a few medicines and vitamins to get their bodies back to 100%. We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out and bonding!
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we had a dress-up dance party! The girls loved putting dress up clothes on! Some friends from the local church came over and enjoyed brownies and popcorn with us. It was a really fun evening! The night ended with a huge camp out in the living room with lots of mattresses, pillows, and blankets!
Allison’s girls didn’t have school on Friday because their exam week was over and grades were due that day. So, we took a little field trip to a waterfall that was about 20 minutes away from Allison’s house. It was absolutely gorgeous! There was a rainbow over the river as the sun beat down on the water. I was reminded of all of God’s promises! In the good, bad, happy, hard, exciting, and fear, HE is there! He will ALWAYS be there!
I was so excited to get to share this “first” with my girls! After viewing the waterfall, we walked back up to the top of the river and let the girls swim. Our daughters are definitely little fish! They swam and splashed like crazy!
It was rainy and cool on Saturday so we spent a lot of time inside, watching movies and coloring. I enjoyed the extra snuggles that day! The older girls had ballet that afternoon, and Flor goes with them. We dropped the girls off at dance and then went shopping at the second hand stores to find the girls some clothes. It was fun getting to pick out clothes for them. On our way back, we had to stop by the dance studio to pick something up and Flor complained of a headache and wanted to come home with us. She snuggled on my shoulder as I rubbed her head. Once we were back home, she seemed to perk right up. Allison said that she just missed me! Such a momma’s girl already! They were very excited when I showed them their new clothes. Nahomy just hugged on her new clothes with a big smile. Reminded me so much of Mya! They are definitely going to be “two peas in a pod”!
There is just something about going to church with our girls that brought forth a flood of emotion! We had a great morning service at church! As I stood singing “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord”, tears streaming down my face, I realized that He is opening my eyes and heart to a world much bigger than I could ever imagine. A world that I cannot enter into without clinging tightly to Him. I spent the rest of the day snuggling with the girls as much as possible, knowing I had to leave Monday. I made them a little countdown chain to take a link off of each day until we get back down there for Spring Break.
It was leaving day and I was completely torn. Part of me missed Nick, Ally, and Mya so much but the other part of me wanted to stay with our girls. The girls came with Allison, Emily, and I to the airport. We ate a yummy lunch of Wendy’s in the airport food area. We chatted, snuggled, and took pictures.
It came time for me to go up to my gate. The girls did really good. Flor got pretty quiet as we walked towards the exit gate. It was so hard to hug them and walk away. They have experienced so much “leaving” in their life already. They all waved and gave me their sweet smiles as I left. I kept it pretty together until I was past the gate and out of sight. Then there was no stopping the tears from falling.
These 6 days were so precious to me! I appreciate all of the love, support, and prayers said on our behalf. God has a plan to turn these girls’ pain and despair into something beautiful and we feel incredibly blessed to be a part of it. Now, we just pray and count down the days until Spring Break!