My trip has been cut short a bit. Plans were to stay until the 15th, but the day we left - literally the moment we boarded the plane - my grandfather fell and has been in the ICU since. He is doing extremely well after a somewhat scaary surgery, but all of the members of our family have been spending long nights at the hospital and making big decisions without us. Needless to say, we are anxious to be home and have a more hands on role in all that is taking place.
That being said, today is my last day in Ongole. Tomorrow morning I will wake up, drive 6 hours to Chennai and leave India for who knows how long. I will miss it. India really is my second home - I love the people, I love the craziness, I love how beautiful the craziness makes the peaceful moments, and most of all I love the children of SCH. I have gotten to spend such sweet time with them this trip. I think that is why I have written so much less - there haven’t been any big thoughts to wrestle with, no big transitions. I came, I loved, and I am leaving soon. I don’t feel burdened. I’m not even too sad to say goodbye. I know I will be back, and I have so much peace in the fact that God is using me to be a part of blessing their lives.
Looking down at my hands right now, they are still covered in paint. Yesterday we took a 9 foot long piece of canvas, tubes of paint and white t-shirts and created a chaotic but really specail piece of art. The kids spread the paint by crawling and dancing and walking across the canvas. Anson, another volutneer at SCH who will be here until May, was filming and in the coming weeks we will have a re ally beautiful video to go with it.
Last night we were ablee to join James and Sarah’s family for a birthday celebration. Sarah and her daughter Simona’s birthdays are back to back, so everyone came together at KB Restaurant and ate a hugedinner followed by a huge cake - which, in true Indian style, the family members fed to each other American wedding style.
On a sad note, Emma (check sarahscovenanthomes.blogspot.com for her story) is in Hyderabad fighting an infection post-surgery, along with Erin, a long term volunteer at SCH who has been extremely sick for the past few weeks. Please keep them in your prayers.
To my family, I will see you all very soon!
And to my family in Austin - I cannot wait to be reunited! If anyone wants a Whole Foods or Bikram Yoga date before school starts, I’m your girl.