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Only love by: Emily Royall

June 17, 2019 - 2019: Asha Ki Chamak

When starting this journey you never actually know what to expect so there is that unknown fear that clings to you like a blanket of fog. Then in a blink of an eye it happens and you are there and instead you feel only joy and excitement for what’s to come. That was me on this trip. I was terrified, with never leaving having left the United States before and especially going somewhere without my family for two weeks it was a challenge. But with friends Chase, Bryson, Taneh, Dallin from my ward and with two leaders as well, Tim and Sheryl they have made this experience worth wild. In all coming to India has become one of the greatest decisions of my life! It has taught me so much and made me appreciate more about where I live.


-Bathrooms (I HATE BUCKET SHOWERS) and having to squat as you go to the bathroom. Not fun.

-FOOD! This Is a big topic for me because I am the pickiest eater and almost everyone here thinks I will probably will die because I don’t eat any of the food here, because I find it gross. Are they wrong? No, they are not. So I am excited for Pizza, CHICK-FIL-A, Subway, and Chili!!!

And then clean water! I am ready not to always having to have a water bottle, and the fear if I eat/drink this will I DIE?

Just small things to think about.


But most of all the empowering love I have for everyone on this team, they are so amazing and have made this trip worth wild, each one has a piece of my heart that can’t be replaced. We have cried together, laughed together, they have literally become like a second family to me. I could never ask for more perfect team then the one right now.


Okay that’s all. Mom respond to the blog please so I know you are missing me. Thanks!


3 Responses to “Only love by: Emily Royall”

  1. It was so wonderful to hear from you again today, I was afraid that you only got to write once. I am so proud of you that you overcame all of your fears and took a risk to go on this trip.

    It was such a wonderful surprise to facetime with you yesterday. I am so glad that we answered when you called the second time. It was so fun to see your face light up as you told about your adventures. Ashley was sad that she didn’t get to talk to you, but was so excited to hear about your experiences.

    It has been a comfort to me that you are surrounded by old and new friends and that Sheryl is there to watch over you for me. Thanks Sheryl!

    I am glad that you still have snacks to keep you alive. Hopefully you will be a little adventurous and try some of the Indian food before you leave.

    It is so fun to hear of the experiences that you are having with your children, but also to hear about your activites as a group. The dance parties, the bus rides, it sounds like everyone is having a blast. You will forever be connected to each other through this experience.

    You have such a compassionate heart and I know that you are giving so much love to every child. It will be hard for you to leave them.

    I look forward to reading everyone’s posts when I wake up. I love reading all of the different experiences that you are having. You each share your love for the children, but then you add different details that are so fun to hear. Every picture is wonderful too. You each have the look of pure joy in your face.

    I know that your time is going by too fast. I hope that you make the most of every experience and that you are taking lots of pictures and writing down your thoughts and memories every day. Of course I am missing you, but I love that you have this wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait to hear every detail!

    Love Mom

  2. I love reading the thoughts and feelings each of you are having. Thank you for sharing them with us. I miss you Natalie! I hope you are loving this experience and savoring the moments that touch your heart. I love you! ~mom

  3. I agree that bucket showers are no fun in the morning, but they’re not too bad at night after a hot day. You’ll need to make sure that your family has your favorite foods in the house when you return. Love the pictures! Enjoy the rest of the trip.

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