This is Ellie!
(editor's note: Due to security reasons we were unable to take photos today of our time in Luz y Vida - the handicapped orphanage. However, we want you to see Ellie's beautiful face on this blog posting, so this photo is from a few days ago)
The next place was the hardest to go to in our time in Colombia because it was a handicap orphanage where handicapped kids go after their parents abandon them. The age range there went from newborn to adulthood and most of them have no family but the staff and no attention but the limited love the staff members can give. They had a small amount of staff and around 200 kids but it was awesome to see how much the staff loved those kids. One girl in particular stood out to me as she was one of the few who could respond. I played with her hair for a while as she watched the TV and then moved onto the next kid but she kept looking and smiling at me.
This was certainly an emotionally packed day as we also had to pack our suitcases tonight to prepare for our trip home. I am excited to go home but I will also miss this country so much and will remember and cherish this experience for the rest of my life.