Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In loving memory of Nancy Mendoza

On Saturday I received the news that a friend whom I have known since junior high, died after battling cancer for the past couple of years. These past couple of months were the worst for she was on morpheme to alleviate the pain. It breaks my heart because she leaves behind 4 beautiful young children and a grieving husband.  Death comes like a thief and we should be ready for it.

I was feeling really sad and the first thing that came to my mind was, "how can I help?" After talking to a friend of mine who also knew Nancy, we decided to make a necklace in her memory and sell it to help the family with funeral costs. In less than 24 hours we almost sold out of the necklaces!!! There are many more people wanting to order. the cool thing is that I had a few friends come help to make more. It was quite exciting to see the response of friends from high school. I have placed the necklace on my Etsy account

I ran out of the silver ribbon and we invaded many Micheal's stores and were able to get some more...they are not the same, but it will do. I guess this is a good problem to have. I hope that we are able to get enough donations as well to cover what the family needs. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013


I have been back now for two and a half weeks and I think I'm back to my normal self, BUT different. I have this desire to break through my insecurity and move forward in fundraising. 
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to sell my jewelry at church and I was able to add more money to my savings. I was talking to a friend and she gave me a great idea to be able to put money into my savings. Jewelry sales will go directly into my savings and other form of fundraising will go towards what I need to pay off. I'm not sure how everything is going to play out in terms of how I will get paid or what kind of job I need to look for once I'm there but I want to be able to have some money in my savings just in case it takes me a while to find a job. I get really excited knowing that the time is near but I don't know the exact date of my move. I keep having dreams that I'm already there and a wake up feeling super excited. I was feeling a little discouraged on Sunday after a little conversation that I had regarding fundraising and people not wanting to really help. I got in contact with someone whom has known about the desire of my heart to move to Guatemala from the start. I asked of he could pray for me. He finally emailed me back and he was so encouraging and he congratulated me on paying everything off and on my move and yet it hasn't happened. He was being so faithful as if it had already happened. It have me so much faith and I will never forget, he said "I want to be the first one to congratulate you on your move." I felt so excited as if I was leaving tomorrow. He filled me up with what I needed; Faith. 

I'm excited to announce that on 26 October my friends and I are having an 80's costume party. We are charging $10 at the door and it will be potluck. I'm beyond excited because they were able to get a DJ to play at the fundraiser though it's going to cost a little bit of money for him to play at the fundraiser but I'm sure it will be worth. I feel so humbled and honored to have my friends help me reach my goal. There's nothing like having people support your dream and walk with you through this journey. Words can't even explain how thankful I am. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back to California.

Leaving Guatemala was so difficult for me. Saying goodbye is not my forte. I really miss being there and being with the people I have grown so close to. I have come back with a mission on my heart and that is to pay everything off and move to Guatemala. Crazy? Yes! I want to give it all up, the luxuries, the comfortability and the things that I am so familiar with. It all started with a prayer, "I want to live in the center of your will." The more I prayed that, the more I knew and felt confident that I was being led to Guatemala. I have a lot that I need to pay off and it will take me over 2 years to do it on my own, but through faith, I know it can be less than a year. Last night we had a night of prayer at my church and I told God that I would love to be able to move in 6 months. Wow! It's so crazy! I need to start fundraising soon. 

Being back feels like a dream. I want to wake up and be back in Guatemala. I will say that it feels good to be with my parents. It was so neat seeing my mom and giving her a big hug as I walked out of the airport. Family is what tugs at my heart. I know that I will miss seeing them and have those funny talks with my mom. I also cannot ignore God's calling. I hear Him so loud and clear and I want to chose to be obedient to His call. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight". (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV)