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Editor’s note: Tiskilwa resident Hanna Ganther is working as an intern in Mexico during her summer break from college, as she works with babies in an orphanage. Ganther will continue to update readers on her adventure South of the Border.

I only have less than one week left. Less than one week left with these precious babies, Less than one week left with the amazing people I have met here. Just less than one week. The time went by way too fast. I’m not ready to leave yet. I don’t want to say good-bye. Yes I miss home, my family and friends. But as one of the other interns said in a conversation, “Yes I would love to see everyone again, but not at the cost of leaving here.”

I love it here so much. I love being close to the ocean. I love the people I have met. I love the babies. Oh I love them so much. It’s going to be so hard to leave them. We have come a long way from the time I first got here.  

Maria and Daniela would barely acknowledge me. Now they both come to me for so many different things. For comfort. To gowa (go on a walk with Daniela.) They reach their little arms for me to pick them up now, and it just melts my heart. I know now how to best rock Jesus in order to get him to go to sleep. I have seen how much Amelia and Santiago have improved since they first got here.

I’ve been pooped on, peed on, spit up on, sneezed on and who knows what else. But I have also cuddled, gotten abrazos y besos (hugs and kisses), laughed at the goofy things, and seen many smiles. There have been days where it has been rough, when someone is sick or the girls have their freak outs. But the times of laughter and joy completely outweigh those rough days.  

I’ve been so blessed to be here this summer. It’s been amazing to see growth and changes in all of our babies. I have learned so much about all of them and what they struggle with because of the hard places from which they come. There is so much going on in their little heads that I had no idea about. I didn’t know about attachment issues or sensory issues before I came here. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m looking forward to that journey of more learning and discovering. I really hope this is not my last time here, that God will call me back. That it’s not a good-bye, but a “I’ll see you later.” Even if the babies get adopted and I never see them again, I can only hope and pray that someday I’ll see them in heaven.  

This summer has been amazing. The best one so far. I wonder what God has in store for me the rest of my life and what the other summers will hold.  

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

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