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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:15 am

Today was our last day at the orphanage and it's amazing how close and attached we got to the kids of the orphanage in just 3 days of spending time with them. They are just so excited to show you everything and to hug you and hold your hand. At one time, I had about 10 kids all wanting to hold my hand and take me in different directions to show me things. Despite all of us having big "posses" that typically followed us around, there was always 2-3 kids that each of us got to know the most and came to love the most. I got to know 2 little girls the most. They were 3 and 8 years old. The 8 year old I got to know right away the first day. She was incredibly sweet and a little shy, so I think she liked that I spoke a little softer and wanted to spend time with her one on one. She really liked when it was just us and got a little competitive and worried when other kids came around to play. I managed to give her a big hug right before we had to leave. I met the 3 year old the first day, but really became attached to her the second day when all she wanted to do was sit on my lap and give me high fives and play with my hands. I didn't realize how much she loved me until today when she came running straight to me and gave me a giant hug when I picked her up. She did this twice today. It was quite possibly the greatest feeling ever and I truly hope that meeting me made her as happy as meeting her has made me.

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