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South of the Border

Tiskilwa resident Hanna Ganther is working as an intern in Mexico during her summer break from college. Ganther will continue to update readers on her adventure south of the border.

Well I have been here in Tijuana for almost two weeks now. So far, I am having a fantastic time here and really loving it. The people here at Grace Babies’ Home have made me a part of the family, and I feel pretty at home here. Even though I have only been here two weeks, I still feel there is so much left for me to know and learn.

My average day here at the Babies’ home looks like this. The day is split into two shifts — morning shift and the afternoon shift. The morning shift goes from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the afternoon shift goes from 1 to 8 p.m. Most days I work the afternoon shift.  So in the mornings is when I have my quiet time. I use it for journaling, reading my Bible, prayer, and also just reading some of the books I brought along.

Then in the afternoons we have an hour layover with the morning shifts. This is so we can all talk about how the morning went and just update each other; we also meet for an all staff prayer and devotional time. Then after this time my shift starts. The kids are taking their afternoon nap when my shift begins, so we use that time to make baby food, do some clean up, and also whatever needs to be done. After they wake up, we play with them for a little bit, and then give them their supper around 5 p.m. Then it’s more play time until we give them baths and time for bed. That’s what my average day looks like.

There are three babies here. Daniela and Maria are 16 months old, and there is Jesús, who just turned 6 months old. Daniela is definitely the more outgoing of the two girls here. Whenever she sees someone new, she quickly says, “HI!” with a big smile on her face. Also whenever she hears a big truck go by she goes “Gonk Gonk!”

Maria is the more contemplative of the two, but when you can get her to smile, it is the biggest and brightest in the world. She loves knocking down towers of blocks. Last night during play time, I built a pretty good looking tower out of blocks, and when she turned and saw it, her face just lit up. She then got this ornery look on her face saying “I’m going to get it.” 

And then there is Jesús. He’s my little cuddle bug. He’ll nuzzle his little head right into your neck and just cuddle with you. When you can get him to giggle and crack up laughing, you cannot help but laugh yourself.  

It is cool to see how the staff here is pouring into the lives of these kids. Even though they are young, they have all gone through experiences we cannot even imagine which is why they are here. So to hear how they have improved and changed since they first got here is amazing. I cannot wait to see how they will continue to grow and change during the time that I am here. It is going to be an incredible journey.

Hanna Ganther can be reached at hanna.ganther@cornerstone.edu.

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