Yesterday morning we went on another trip to Tecate, Mexico and being there with the kids at the village, trying to distract them while the other volunteers were hiding eggs, I had a "moment." The trips to Tecate have been a stepping stone all along. I feel super thankful to be a part of something bigger. I'm looking forward to the next trip on May 10th. Let me know if you would like to join us.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
As I sit here and think about my Easter Sunday, I came to the realization that next Easter I will be celebrating in Guatemala. Am I still willing to sacrifice what I have here to live in a country that I have never lived in? A country that's consider on the top 20 of the most dangerous in the world? The answer is a resounding YES! Don't get me wrong I do have many insecurities and fears. Last night I was praying about my move and all of the thoughts that have been creeping in. Every single time when I finish my prayer feel so at peace knowing that He has been preparing me for this new path for a long time now.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I would like to share with you something about a very special family member. I have a cousin, well he's the grandson of my dad's first cousin. Growing up we would call him "Edu" and I was hired, as a teenager to babysit him during the summer when he was little. Who would of thought that the little kid who enjoyed Blues Clues would one day be a Sailor? He is a mechanical engineer on a naval base.
My cousin Nina asked me if I could make her a charm bracelet with colors and charms representing her son. She sent me a picture of what she probably found on the internet and I went to work looking for similar charms. To make it worth the shipping, I got a little extra charms just in case someone else would like to buy one. Within minutes of me showing her the final product, she had other Navy moms asking where they could buy one. Within 24 hours I had sold a total of 3 more bracelets on my Etsy account.
That's not all! I later got 2 more orders for a Marnie mom! It has been a very busy weekend making charm bracelets. My thumb hurts, but it has been worth it.
I will say that the funds are for a good cause. Not only will I benefit from these sales to help me move to Guatemala, but children in third world countries will also benefit. This upcoming Easter weekend we will be going to Tecate, Mexico and a portion of the sales will go towards buying food and supplies for a nearby village we have been helping. Thank you again! For more information regarding the Etsy account look on the left of the page or on the main profile.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mid March we took our monthly trip to Tecate, Mexico to serve at an orphanage and a village. I would like to share a little bit about the village from this past trip.
There are about close to 30 families living next to the city dump and another 30 in the surrounding areas who come visit us when we arrive. A lot of them work at the dump to earn a living. The pay is not good, but at least it's something to contribute to their families. I don't think many of us have or will ever experience that level of poverty, but it's an eye opening and puts my complaints regarding my job to shame.
I have this vivid memory of the first time I started helping in this community (there was a time that I stopped going due to working in Saturdays). I remember getting there and it was a warm day. We opened the windows to the shelter where we set up and there was a light breeze. It felt good to feel my skin cool down, but the smell was really bad. I started contemplating wether to close the windows and tough out the heat rather than smelling the wrotten trash coming from only feet away. Then I remembered that all the people outside waiting to pick up their bucket of food, smelled this everyday and they probably didn't notice it anymore. It humbles me every time we go and it reminds me to continue to give back because it could have been be standing outside waiting for my bucket.
These men left their work for a quick moment from the dump to pick up their bucket of food.