Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Emily Lewis

This has been the best week of my life! It’s crazy that we spent so much time preparing and fundraising and now it’s almost over. I’m already thinking of when I can come back and visit my little kids in Dulla. After seeing their little faces, I wish I could give them everything but I know that what we are doing is a great start. My grandma sent me this quote by Mother Teresa “In this life we can’t always do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” I definitely love these kids.

    Today we performed for the kids at each of our schools. It was so fun to finally see the kids that everyone has been talking about for so long. I love how everyone thinks they have the cutest kids. We truly think we have the cutest kids not because it’s a competition, but because we get to know our own kids so well that in our eyes, they are the best. Today I felt like such a proud mom when everyone came to see our village. But the kids at my school are especially lovable because they give us lots of hugs and kisses. When they call me DiDi, which means sister, it melts my heart. My new name is Emily DiDi.  That’s what I want to be called from now on. Dulla is one of the less fortunate schools, but the kids are still so genuinely happy and always smiling. 

    Anyways, this whole trip I’ve been bragging to everyone about how I don’t cry very often. Then today when we were singing “One Day” to my kids, I started crying! It was so embarrassing! I don’t know what came over me. I guess I just looked into their little faces and thought about saying goodbye. So I’m obviously gonna be a mess when we actually have to say goodbye. One of the things I’ll miss most is hearing them yell Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. They love that book! It annoys my village team because the kids get so distracted whenever I start reading it. I still think it’s adorable even if my village team hates me for it. Another thing I’ll miss is all of the big hugs they give us. Although Dulla is the smallest and youngest village, they can break a few of your ribs when it comes to hugs. Even though It hurts when ten of them jump on my back, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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