Day 3 | Gracias Padrinos!

So this trip I got to do something very special... I photographed each individual child of COPPROME along with people who work at COPPROME through out the week we were there. The children needed updated photos for Friends of Los Ninos website. These photos will be used to help these amazing children be sponsored by people like us. This week I am going to do my best at introducing you to every single child. There is 51 one of them so bear with me. The photos of the children are not in any specific order... just whatever child was ready to be photographed. I must put a ‘Thank You’ in here to sweet Marvin who helped me for the first 10 minutes…until he got sidetracked. But I swear he had every full intention of helping me the whole time. Haha!

Meet Nearly (Nerlin). She is new to the orphanage. She is the oldest of four. She has taken the over the mother role for her adorable three younger siblings. 

Meet Nearly (Nerlin). She is new to the orphanage. She is the oldest of four. She has taken the over the mother role for her adorable three younger siblings. 

Meet Jhosseline. She is the oldest of three. Jhosseline and her siblings were recently brought back to COPPROME. Praise The Lord that they are back. 

Meet Jhosseline. She is the oldest of three. Jhosseline and her siblings were recently brought back to COPPROME. Praise The Lord that they are back. 

Meet Pepe. He is absolutely awesome. He speaks VERY good English. Poor guy was stuck translating for us women a lot this week. 

Meet Pepe. He is absolutely awesome. He speaks VERY good English. Poor guy was stuck translating for us women a lot this week. 

Meet Joseph. Like you all haven't met him already. Look at that sweet smile. Oh my goodness! 

Meet Joseph. Like you all haven't met him already. Look at that sweet smile. Oh my goodness! 

Meet Marvin. That smile melts my heart every time. 

Meet Marvin. That smile melts my heart every time. 

Meet Lesdi. She either has her earphones in listening to music or making fun of how gross I look from sweating all day. Haha! 

Meet Lesdi. She either has her earphones in listening to music or making fun of how gross I look from sweating all day. Haha! 

Meet Darwin.

Meet Darwin.

Meet Brayan. 

Meet Brayan. 

Meet Jazmin. She is the middle sister of three. They are all so beautiful. 

Meet Jazmin. She is the middle sister of three. They are all so beautiful. 

Meet Jose. The boy with many plans. Jose wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Look at that pose, I can already see the doctor in him. 

Meet Jose. The boy with many plans. Jose wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Look at that pose, I can already see the doctor in him. 

Meet Graciela. Oh my sweet Graciela. I found out on this trip that she will be coming to Texas in April. I cannot wait!!! 

Meet Graciela. Oh my sweet Graciela. I found out on this trip that she will be coming to Texas in April. I cannot wait!!! 

Meet Omar. He is the youngest brother of Jazmin and Erika. I told you that they are beautiful. 

Meet Omar. He is the youngest brother of Jazmin and Erika. I told you that they are beautiful. 

Meet Julissa. She has such a sweet face! 

Meet Julissa. She has such a sweet face! 

Meet Leonel. He is very shy but I've heard through the grapevine that he is very smart! 

Meet Leonel. He is very shy but I've heard through the grapevine that he is very smart! 

Meet Windy. I am sure by now you all are wanting her beautiful hair! 

Meet Windy. I am sure by now you all are wanting her beautiful hair! 

Meet Nelsy. She will keep you on your feet with all her wit. She's a firecracker. 

Meet Nelsy. She will keep you on your feet with all her wit. She's a firecracker. 

Meet Luisito. He has grown so much since June. He is adorable as ever! 

Meet Luisito. He has grown so much since June. He is adorable as ever! 

Meet Luis. Always greeted with a big smile from him. 

Meet Luis. Always greeted with a big smile from him. 

Meet Gabi. Nothing can beat that adorable smile. 

Meet Gabi. Nothing can beat that adorable smile. 

Meet Daniela. 

Meet Daniela. 

Meet Belkis. I know for a fact that the only word that my mother and her translated to each other was "awesome" and they still had an awesome connection together! 

Meet Belkis. I know for a fact that the only word that my mother and her translated to each other was "awesome" and they still had an awesome connection together! 

Meet Elisenia. The girl who was always freezing and me literally suffering from the heat. 

Meet Elisenia. The girl who was always freezing and me literally suffering from the heat. 

Meet Alex. I had to set him straight that the name Alex is MINE! Haha! 

Meet Alex. I had to set him straight that the name Alex is MINE! Haha! 

Meet Evelyn. She is the sibling of three that was brought back to COPPROME. I was happy to get to know her funny personality. 

Meet Evelyn. She is the sibling of three that was brought back to COPPROME. I was happy to get to know her funny personality. 

Meet Samantha. 

Meet Samantha. 

Meet Kimberli. I can NOT get over this photograph. She is so adorable! 

Meet Kimberli. I can NOT get over this photograph. She is so adorable! 

Meet Catherine. 

Meet Catherine. 

Meet Esteban. The boy who will break many hearts. 

Meet Esteban. The boy who will break many hearts. 

While I was taking head shots of the children, the rest of the women were in the office giving one by one Padrino (sponsor) gifts to the children. So there was excitement all over the orphanage. The new children have never experienced Christmas gifts before, so their reaction to receiving gifts were very heart warming. There were smiles all over the place.

Danilo with his new backpack.

Danilo with his new backpack.

Danilo aka Spiderman.

Danilo aka Spiderman.

Harry with his new remote control car. 

Harry with his new remote control car. 

Stefany showing her brother Danilo all the gifts she received. 

Stefany showing her brother Danilo all the gifts she received. 

Marvin showing off his gifts.

Marvin showing off his gifts.

Kimberli with her new Barbie doll.

Kimberli with her new Barbie doll.

Stefany and Kimberli

Stefany and Kimberli

Get new cars... go straight to the mud puddles!! 

Get new cars... go straight to the mud puddles!! 

I only got to be in the office to see sweet Graciela and Joseph's reactions to receiving their gifts. All I did was cry. It was probably a good thing I was only in there for two openings. Haha!

Graciela 

Graciela 

Graciela

Graciela

Joseph opening the gifts. I was one happy Madrina. 

Joseph opening the gifts. I was one happy Madrina. 

As I have said before, sponsoring a child is the most rewarding and fun experiences. It is even more fun when you are very involved. The children want to hear from their sponsors. I have witnessed it on how excited they got when it was their turn to Skype their sponsors. (There is someone there to translate if the language barrier is a problem.) It's such a special moment. If you are a sponsor, I promise you that the child you sponsor wants to hear from you. I know it is easy to get caught up in your every day life, but it isn't hard to take a few minutes out of a week to feel some warm and fuzzy feelings in your heart. I promise you'll feel them. They want and need your love. It is a very special relationship that everyone should experience. 

The photos below explain more to why I love my Joseph so much! Haha!