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I’m Home By Karly Hartle

April 1, 2019 - 2018 Operation: Sapna

While driving to school one day my team and I (Ashley Audrey Rebecca and Noah) were talking about how even though we left it never felt like we had gone anywhere. Except we are continuously reminded by all of the amazing views that you couldn’t even try to compare Utah… Because this place would win every time. And the more I think about it the more I realize that this whole time I haven’t gotten homesick is because I am home. The people here have opened their homes to us with open arms and warm beautiful smiles. Obviously I miss my family ( I got very lucky in that department ) but at the same time I have 2 families here my YMAD family and my village. It has never felt like I have actually left home it feels as if I have stayed and the world has moved under us. Tomorrow we say goodbye to our kids forever and I know that there will always be a hole in my heart that I left in India- spread among the 27 beautiful children that I have had the absolute pleasure to meet. There are not enough words in the English or Hindi language to describe this new home that I have so quickly learned to love. 

 I am beyond honored to call a part of this beautiful place my home. I could not have imagined a better way to spend the past week and I wouldn’t trade the memories or relationships that I have made for the world. I can genuinely say that my heart has been opened in ways that my heart has been opened in ways that my heart has never thought imaginable. But don’t worry I am going to come back. As much as I loved this place ( and trust me it’s a lot ) I miss my precious baby girl. Interacting with the children here reminds me so much of her. And I recently read a letter from someone that literally made my heart- and she needs me home. So I will see you all in a week. I love you and please sleep in a VERY comfortable bed for me and if you get a chance get at least 7 in-n-out burgers and think of me. It’s the little things. 

 **Also washing your clothes in a bucket with your friends is a great bonding experience- would highly recommend : 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4 Responses to “I’m Home By Karly Hartle”

  1. My beautiful Karly! I miss you so much and so does Lucy. She prays for you in India everyday! The rest of the family misses you too! I am so glad that you are having this amazing experience! My heart breaks for you, that you have to say good-bye to those beautiful children, but I am so glad that you are coming home! The kids have been taking care of Maisy for you, but I think she misses you too! Every where we go, people ask about you and how you are doing. Can’t wait to see you! I love you baby girl!

  2. Karly. Come home.

  3. Hey kiddo. It warms my heart to "hear" your thoughts while you are away. I am proud of the person you are & the person you continue to develop into being. I hope that these experiences can be a filter & frame of reference that you can look through when things are tough; that you will learn from your kids & be able to see trials as something to smile about while loving those around you. I know it will be hard to say goodbye, but these munchkins will never truly be gone from you. They will forever be tucked in the wonderful heart of yours. The whole in your heart is not gone with them, but filled by them.
    Love you kiddo.

  4. What a great group! You are awesome! Family comes in many forms! Love you!

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