The Farrell family was able to visit Gabriela’s home, and even to share a meal around the family’s new table. But perhaps most impactful was seeing the small bedroom Gabriela shares with her mom — and seeing their own smiling faces and words of encouragement hanging on the walls.
“Walking into Gabby's room today was the deal-breaker for me,” says Carrie. “I wish that all sponsor parents could see, walk into their kiddo's house and go, ‘Holy smokes. These are my children’s pictures? Plastered all over a wall.’ It helped me to just see the joy that we can bring into her life. She’s surrounded by it, every day.”
After spending the following day with Gabriela and her mother at the zoo, the Farrells finally had to say their goodbyes. Hugs and prayers were exchanged, and more than a few tears, and soon Justin and Carrie sat on a bus heading back to their hotel. They looked at their children, looked at the gift Gabriela had made for them, and thought, “None of us will ever be the same.”