Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. Being in India feels like another world. It is so nice being at a slow pace with no worries. It is breathtaking here in Jibhi. We are surrounded my trees, water and cows are everywhere. Tomorrow is our last day here before we go to Callou and it is heartbreaking. I have fallen in love with the girls and this place. But I am excited to see what the rest of our adventure has in store for us. The last three days we have been teaching the girls here in Jibhi. They are all so beautiful and full of life. My siblings told me that when they went to India there were a few girls that they considered to be “their girls” and I can definitely say that this is the case. I love all the girls but there are a few that stand out to me. One is the sassy Muskan. She is eleven years old and is so funny. She always calls me “Naughty Girl” and wants me to take pictures of her. I love seeing her in the morning and having her run up to me with the biggest grin. She is a character. There is also Radha and Dimple who are fifteen years old. I met them the first day at breakfast and they would hardly talk. I got them to break out of their shells later on and we have been close ever since. On the second day I did not see Radha and I was so sad that she was not there. During my third lesson, she came in and saw me, then screamed and gave me a huge hug. It is moments like these where I feel the true happiness that is present here in India. Even though we cannot speak much to each other, I feel such a strong connection. Last is little Monika. Before I left, I wrote my sister Marissa in the Philippines and asked her for advice. She told me to look for those quiet girls that are in the distance. She is beyond shy and cannot communicate very well in English. I have made it my goal to focus on her. She began being very distant but has started to smile and talk as much as she can to me. I have found that her love is taking pictures and we have bonded with my camera. I love being able to make an impact on these girls but also feel like they have made more of an impact on my life. They come from such humble backgrounds and yet are glowing with happiness and gratitude. They have truly shown me what real happiness is.
Dad, I got an Indian hat the first day at a welcome ceremony so you don’t have to worry. Mom, I have not been sick or had any problems. I miss and love you all. I do not know if I will have any wifi to get in contact with you until I come home but will write on the blog soon. I cannot wait to tell you all the exciting things that have happened. See you soon!