The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India.
July 25 –
Instead of leaving the airport around 4 or 5, like was scheduled, we didn’t get out of there until 7. Rohan and Ben were there to pick us up, and we stopped by the office quick before heading to the house. By the time we got to the house, the girls were already at school. But it was good to see everyone (Isaac, Tara, et al) and we hung out until breakfast time.
We headed over the Home, to drop our bags, and had a few moments to say hello to Vanija (the girls’ care-taker) and little Angel. The little peanut is growing up! And I think she remembered me.
Theresa and I are in the same room that I was in last time… and it has been bandicoot-proofed (yay!). We’ll be sharing it with Shirley and Marissa from the Kansas team until they go home. We got cleaned up, which felt so good after 29 hours of traveling, and rested a little.
At noon we headed back over to the house where we had lunch with everyone, gave Tara the supplies we brought, and had some down time before the girls came home.
The girls remembered me. It was quite obvious by the giggles. I was so very happy to see them again and hug them. I gave them a picture collage I made of photos from our last visit, and they loved it. They all had to find themselves in each picture.
It was great to have a little time to play with them and just catch up. They’ve all grown so much, it’s hard to believe. Some of them had very short hair last time I was there, and it has grown out so much since then. And they’ve all gotten quite taller.
Eventually, we went back to the other house to have dinner. Since the three of us were fairly exhausted yet from traveling, we went to bed by 8:30.
I am sooooo thankful to be back.