Jada Leigh Newell
Oak Life Caregiver
"Vessel for God・Fourth oldest of fourteen・Lover of all things creative"
Location: Chapala, Mexico
Children's Home: Love in Action Children's Home
Position: Caregiver Support
Funding Needs: $1,895/mo USD
Love in Action Children's Home
Connected Insights: Discovering Lessons Through Purposeful Bonds
April 13, 2023
Working with children from hard places has taught me a number of things about connection, so I want to use this platform to share these lessons. Through this, I hope to be able to look back on these things, maybe encourage you, or simply teach you something new!
A trip to the carnival kicks off this week’s story. On one of the weekends, there was a carnival at a park nearby. We gathered up the girls and headed on our way. As we approached a very sensor-rich arrival, with lots of bright colors, sounds, and people, the girls began to become hyper, impatient, and inattentive to the caregivers. Which caused us to stop several times.
After working past all the behaviors and emotions we finally made it to the rides. It was a challenge to get there but it was worth it to see the glee of childhood in their eyes. Smiles from ear to ear. Knowing they have experienced nothing but trials and tribulations for much of their childhood, it was a gift to see them experience the joys of childhood without being burdened by life’s burdens.
On that particular day, I witnessed a young girl getting to be her age. She had always seemed beyond her years. She displayed the street smarts of a 16-year-old, the language of a 19-year-old, and the independence of a 25-year-old. However, on that day, she was simply a carefree 9-year-old. A significant moment for me, because though it was hard getting them there once we made it it was so worthwhile. And I saw that helping children heal from their past is not an easy task. It requires a significant investment of time and energy, and it can be exhausting at times, but I discovered that there is no better investment!