This was the last day at Hope Children's Home. It hit me harder than I expected it to. One of the girls that I got to know well came and gave me a hug goodbye and she had tears in her eyes. She tried to hide that she was wiping them away. She would not leave my side until we left. I would adopt her if I could. I'm terribly sad just thinking about it.
Before I left, the pastor came up to me and told me that she thought I should get a visa and stay here. I laughed and showed her pictures of my family that I'm coming home to and that I miss greatly. Before I got in the van to leave, she again came up to me and told me that I should stay here.
A big piece of me did. I will never be the same.