by Olivia DaSilva - Alumnus India 2006-2008
“Our home is no longer the same as it once was. There are dishes in the sink, laundry to be done and toys to be put away constantly. This is not the spotless home we once had was but rather, the well lived in home of a family. Despite the chores that await each night, there is a joy here which has added a new level of happiness to our lives ever since our daughter Clare was born, 21 months ago.
When I reflect on my experience in mission, I believe that my time in India has prepared me to be a better mother. Being truly present to our friends, experiencing the poverty of language and learning to embrace the change the Holy Spirit brings (because schedules still don’t go as planned) are the lessons I continue to draw from each day. My heart is totally open for Clare and I am rewarded by the happiness I see in her when we spend time together. Her smile brings me joy and I continue to grow in my new apostolate: my home.”