After several days in the village we had an off day and went to the market in the morning. We had about 45 minutes to search the market for the best prices. It was difficult to spend money on ourselves knowing how many people struggle just to eat one meal. We ended up finding some great deals including some little leather bible keychains, 2 hand made wooden plaques, a purse, and a painting of calla lilies for our apartment! Every mission trip I've been on (minus the one that we didn't go to the market) I have purchases a painting to remember the trip.
After the market we had a 2 hour ride up the mountain to an orphanage called Casa Hogar. It was a beautiful drive! On the way there we had a great discussion with another teammate about being open to learning about other religions. It was actually a great conversation and a chance to learn about other religions.
At the orphanage they have 43 kids. I fell in love with 2 little ones, Jocelyn- 7 months, and Christian who is 1. While the doctor was working with the kids 1 little boy, Cesar, kept going in and getting in trouble. I took him from the head lady and walked him around outside. He cried for about 5 minutes as we walked around and then he fell asleep in my arms. It was such a humbling experience to say the least. Derek played basketball and soccer with many of the kids. Boy are they good at soccer! It was very difficult to leave and lots of tears were shed. If we can't have our own child, I hope we can one day give a child just like those children a family to belong to.
One thing that continues to come up this trip is adoption. I had a great talk with our host families mom who adopted their little girl 4 years ago. I had no idea that she was adopted because she looks just like her daddy! What a blessing it has been to discuss my fears and frustrations about pregnancy and to find encouragement from someone who has been in our shoes.
Today we went up the mountain to an orphanage. On the way we stopped on the side of the road and picked up bananas and pineapples. When we arrived at the orphanage all the kids came running out to great us. It was amazing to see what the prior groups has built at the orphanage. For a bit we walked around outside and had a tour of the orphanage. We played basketball and soccer with the kids. A lot of the kids were really good at soccer! It would be nice to send some soccer cleats to the kids so they didn't have to play soccer in bare feet or sandals. I also did origami with the kids. Other team members gave hair cuts, painted nails and gave dental and doctor check-ups. Amy kept holding a baby most of the day, it was very cute to see. I also held her for a bit and had her smiling and laughing. We all did not want to leave. The kids were so cute it was difficult to leave!