Last Day with the Babies

Trip Start May 02, 2009
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Trip End Jul 27, 2009


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Macasil Family Home

Flag of Philippines  , Leyte,
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello All,
Today was that saddest day for me by far.  It was so hard leaving all the children.  I spent the whole morning and most of the afternoon at the orphanage.  I could never have enough time with them though.  I gave each baby a hug and kiss goodbye.  When I picked up the last two I started crying though.  I want them to be adopted so bad but at the same time I want them to stay there so I can see them again.
I talked to the director about Jonathan.  She told me that if I find a place in the US or somewhere that will take Jonathan then he will be allowed to transfer.  Given that I provide the money for transportation and travel documents.  I feel like his case is so much bigger than I can handle.  But I am really praying that I will come in contact with someone who can help me take care of everything. Someone who has the ability and know how to plan everything and get it worked out. I have the email and address for the house mother at the orphanage.  The director and her both seem happy that I am going to try and help him. They said they have tried to get him into a few different programs but he has been declined at all of them.  Apparently he is too much to handle for the institutions here.  They tried doing a feeding tube and it was successful but dangerous at the orphanage.  They also tried physical therapy but it made his health decline.  I think, and the staff agreed, that if he gets the feeding tube for an extended period of time and can build up his strength then he will be able to do the physical therapy successfully. I know bringing him to the US alone would cost a lot of money but I am trying to be optimistic.  There has to be a way for this all to work out.  If any of you know of any organization or health facility that can accommodate for Jonathan please let me know.

I will be back home in the states in just 4 days...
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tmt_stu
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babies/jonathan
how wonderful for him that he has you as his personal advocate- maybe email Aunt Lyn to see if she has any suggestions?

prutenbar
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Thank you
Elsa, Thank you for sharing this adventure with all of us. I feel so priviledged to watch you experience this trip. You are an awesome young lady with a heart bigger than life. Those children had the good fortune to have been touched by you. I'm sure this was a life changing summer for you and I think it will help to shape the young woman you'll grow up to be. I am so proud of you and your efforts to change the world. . . one child at a time. Travel safely, although much of that is in the hands of the pilots and God! See you when you return.
Patty

carterbrown
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Nicely Done
So proud of all the work you have done over there; it's been great reading about everything you've involved yourself with! I tell my friends about the work you are doing all the time.

elsat
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Re: babies/jonathan
Thank you Aunt Teresa. Does Aunt Lyn have connections with something? You will have to tell me about it when I get home.

elsat
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Re: Thank you
Thank you so much Patty. It really means a lot to me that you enjoyed sharing my trip with me. It has definitely changed my life. I will see you soon.
Elsa

elsat
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Re: Nicely Done
Thanks Carter. I can't wait for you to come and do it with me. Oh and I have pretty much decided we have to go to Calcutta where Mother Teresa worked too if we can. I hope you are ready boy!

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