As I mentioned HERE, Kimball and I went on a humanitarian trip with Bright Island Outreach this past July. We went to Rocky Point, Mexico for four days. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. There's nothing like being in a third world country, to make you realize what's important and how blessed we are to live in America.
We had the opportunity to deliver some donations to this orphanage, and provide dental work to people who can't afford it.
What a neat experience it was being able to visit with these sweet kids.
This is Bruno and Alan. They were so cute and clingy. We tried forever to play Bad Piggies on my phone, but I'm a dingy and had no idea how. They had never played anything like it either so I showed them lots of pictures from home and they seemed to love that. I SO wanted to take them back with me. They just need a mommy to hug and squeeze them.
The orphanage was in need of cleaning supplies and LOTS and LOTS of laundry detergent so...we hooked them up.
The sweetest little boys!
The girls bunk beds, not too bad. I dreaded visiting the orphanage the whole time, (it was our last stop on our way back home). I was afraid it would be REALLY hard to take, and that I'd feel so bad leaving them there....and it was, but their facility was a lot nicer than I expected.
They had their own little church too. Below: Roy, Matt (his wife Carly) and Brandon...all three guys are pre-dental students.
This doll had such thick and curly hair...and ummm, that unibrow!! I just had to take her picture.
Kimball was one of seven or so that did some translating. Once again, I wish I knew Spanish!
Dr. Harris is the man behind Bright Island Outreach. He's kind of a dude when it comes to helping others. I am so glad we met him. He's really helped change our outlook on why we are going into the dental field and what we will do once Kimball's a dentist.
A couple guys fooling around with the X-ray gun.
This is love muffin...Flora. I've never met such a happy, smiley child...until she got some injections and had some extractions. So sad, but I'm glad her mama was their to love on her. A few hours later, she was smiling again and drawing me more pictures.
Many of the kids we saw came from an emergency shelter for kids that were removed from their home due to neglect or abuse. Broke my heart but they were so adorable. I only had one or two 'cry in the bathroom' episodes. That first day was hard. I kept thinking of my little Sophia who was the same age as some of these little girls being worked on. It was hard to see them cry, especially the ones who had not parents there to comfort them. I would hold their hands and try to soothe them, but it was super tough not to just cry my eyes out.
I spent most of the two days giving fluoride treatments. We served approximately 238 people, some of them coming back the second day for more treatments. I'd say it was a success!
Our supplies were set up on tables in the center of the gym.
Carly helping with the fluoride treatments. The group we went down with was so awesome, couldn't have asked for a better group of people. All excited to serve and help the Mexican people.
Dr. Scott Connell drove Kimball and I down to Mexico, along with his daughter Kylee. He's one of the dentists that served and also supervised the dental students.
More of the sweet orphans from the emergency shelter, some will be put in foster homes and some adopted. Others will stay there for several years.
The two kids above are twins.
I look rather busted in this pic...ready for another long day of work...morning face and all!! :)
Above is nine year old Alan. He had TWELVE extractions!! Poor guy.
An awesome team of hygienists came. This girl in blue looked just like Paula Patton.
Masha and Joni giving each other massages. I love these two! I've had the chance to work with them these last few weeks at the clinic and wish I could do it every freaking day!
I snapped a pic of these old buildings at the boarder. We waited almost an hour for the boarder patrol to OK our trailer full of supplies. Of course, they charged us $55 for bringing over used clothes for the orphans. They said it hurts their economy when Americans bring donations. Dumb.
A big thanks to my sister Jackie for babysitting and getting my kiddos to and from school every day! It was so awesome having her around. She has so many similarities to my mom...it was nice having her here!!
Sorry for the overload of photos...now go rest your eyes. Trust me when I say, there's lots more but I had mercy on you. :)