Sunburned and Happy -- Ellie Ewer

Woah. This week has been a whirlwind and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After a few very long days of travel we finally made it to Rampur. It is so insanely beautiful here, we are right in the Himalayas and it is so crazy to even think about. 

We got to our village for the first time on Tuesday. We have 25 kids in our village and they are all so unique and beautiful in their own way. Teaching is exhausting but so rewarding. I love seeing their cute personalties shine through as they start to warm up to me. There is a little girl named Kusum who is so shy but so sweet. I have loved seeing her warm up to me as the week has gone by. There are also these two twin boys whose names are Love and Kush, which means joy in Hindi. They truly live up to their names, they are so sweet and happy all the time. They love giving high fives and they always call me Didi Ellie which means Big Sister Ellie and it is the cutest thing ever. There is also a little girl name Ashitka who gives the best hugs. Every time we come into the school she just runs and jumps into my arms and then latches on like a little sloth. It makes my heart melt because I just know that she loves me so much even though we can barely communicate. Love truly is the strongest language. 

Today was so cool because we did our cultural exchange and went to all of our different villages and performed the songs that we have been working on for so long. When we performed in my village it was so fun to see my kids get so excited to see me. It was so cute to see their eyes light up when I was smiling at them as I was dancing. When we were singing One Day I lasted about 5 seconds before I just started bawling. As I looked at all of the kids it made me so emotional because they remind me that I want to live my life intentionally so that I can get every opportunity to get back here and see these beautiful kids again. The love I feel for them gives me a little glimpse of what being a parent will be like. A love so perfect and complete that you will never want for anything else in your life.

India is truly a beautiful and life changing place. The people, the mountains, the culture, the children. They have touched my heart in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. Their lives are so humble but they are so happy, a type of happy that is hard to achieve. My goal for my life going on is to learn how to become as perfectly happy as these beautiful children that I have been so blessed to love. To be as happy as Trisha is when she is being mischievous or as happy as Ekta is when she calls me Didi or as happy as Kartik is when I tickle him.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to come to this beautiful place full of beautiful people and make a difference, no matter how so small that difference may be. I love you all. Thank you for your support and love as I have gone through this life changing journey.