The final day | El Progreso, Honduras

We had another early morning heading out to Tela beach which is an hour an half away. We had an hour long retreat on the shores of the Caribbean. It was very emotional and the realization that this was our last day in Honduras hit us hard. We stayed at the beach all morning long, it was total relaxation.

As I was at the beach I found myself wanting to head back to Copprome. I no longer wanted to be at this beautiful beach. I wanted to be with the children. I never thought I'd pick children over the beach. Haha! Honestly I never thought I'd fall so in love with these children in one week. 

We arrived at Copprome around 3 in the afternoon to spend our last evening with the children. The photograph below is Harry and his little sister. Harry is the second youngest of six siblings. But he is the baby of Copprome. Everyone adores him and those eyes will make you say yes to anything he wants. Harry's mother was there visiting that Friday. I was happy to find out that parents who have transportation and / or do not live too far away do come visit their children every once in a while. 

Fernando and Roberto, Copprome

Fernando and Roberto, Copprome

Jose, who is photographed below, has a family at the village we visited yesterday. He was not able to join us because he was sick. I thought it would be perfect for me to bring my polaroid camera to photograph the woman who raised Jose. The woman in the photograph is his grandmother. I watched him run around showing everyone. I loved seeing how excited he was.

Jose, Copprome

Jose, Copprome

Oh my little Joseph. His personality and playfulness is undeniable adorable. His smile and those dimples are so addictive, you can't help but to smile along with him. I wish I could squeeze him forever. 

Joseph

Joseph

Graciela, the girl with so many talents. I started with her so I thought I'd end with her as well. I enjoyed every hug and conversation I had with her. She is so mature for her age and I am happy that I only got closer with her. I hope all her dreams come true. 

Graciela, Copprome

Graciela, Copprome

I noticed my camera starting to fade through the day. My camera was done. I realized I needed to enjoy these final moments with these children. I put my camera up for good. 

You think you are going on a mission trip to show these people new things, new ways of thinking and about God. When they really end up showing you a whole new meaning of life. They showed me how to love, be grateful, and made me realize that I take everything for granted. In every aspect of my life, they changed my way of thinking and showed me the way I want or should I say need to live. 

I have been on plenty of vacations and I am so thankful I have family to go with. All the vacations I have ever been on and at the end thinking this was the best time of my life. But nothing will ever beat my first mission trip to El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras. It was hands down the best experience of my life. An experience I believe every one needs to have. I feel as if I needed this reality check. I thought I was a broke 23 year old girl, hahaaa! WOW! I am rich. I have the greatest family, best of friends, and a roof over my head WITH air conditioning. Most of all, my faith in God that has only grown more and more. I will forever treasure every second I had that week in Honduras. 

I am HAPPY to say that I will be attending the November mission trip with Friends of Los Ninos. I will be there to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am so excited!!!! I can't wait to see all of the children's beautiful faces again and hug each one of them for at least 10 minutes!!!

These children deserve to be noticed. I want my photographs to show you all that our first world problems are not problems at all. We have opportunities to help these children in need. You can simply donate money to Copprome orphanage or sponsor one of the special children at Copprome. Please go to, www.friendsoflosninos.org 

I hope you all enjoyed my week in Honduras. I have been reliving all my emotions through my blog this week and I have to say right now I am in a puddle of my own tears. Haha! 

See you all soon! xo