Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Home

I left early this morning, and I'm safely home now. I had a great last few days in Guatemala that I'll blog about soon. I miss those kiddos so much, but I'm happy to be home and surrounded by my family and fiance. Oliver has not left my side, and his reaction when he first saw me after the three months was priceless!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The morning day started with us getting all the kids up a little earlier than normal to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We brought out mats, and just had a lazy morning in the living room. While most watched the parade, a few of us were in the kitchen fixing up the turkey, mashed potatoes, rice-a-roni, heavenly corn, bread, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Around 2, all the food was ready to eat!

We had a total of 25 people. It was loud, crowded, and crazy, but a lot of fun. We all went around saying things we are thankful for. There were some tears shed, that's for sure. 

This was my first Thanksgiving away from my family. It was a little hard, as I thought about all the things I normally do with my family. I was able to skype with them a bit in the afternoon and that was nice. It just made me all the more thankful for the loving family that I do have, and God that gave me my family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Humberto!!!

Humberto turned 5! I wanted to try something besides just balloons for his cake. This was the result, with some help from Anny. We only had yellow, blue, and green dye. I think it turned out great, and he loved it too! 

The entire time, Humberto was so loud. He just kept squealing, and he was loving all of the attention. 

Happy Birthday Humberto! I'm so glad I was able to spend it with you. :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

8 More Days

 Time goes by so fast! It's hard to believe that my 3 months here are coming to an end. These kids are so beautiful, and they have taught me so much. 

Precious Alison is now sitting up on her knees. She is beginning to develop an attitude, much like her older sister Olympia. There aren't really sisters, but we just call the kids in the home siblings. I love her facial expression in this pic. 

Olympia is a big help with Ruavis's therapy. She sees the stretches I do with him, and tries to imitate them. 

I'm going to miss the morning therapy times. I love my baby group! Though some mornings are challenging, they always find a way to get me to smile. 

Anny brought her traditional Guatemalan outfit for me to wear for a pic. A few days later, she brought me some cortes and fajas to look at to see if I wanted to buy one. In the market, they are pretty expensive, but she helped me get a nice one for a good price. She also taught me how to put it on. It is so challenging, but I think I got the hang of it. .

Though I'm going to miss this place, it's become a home away from home, I'm ready to see my family/fiance again. I'm so thankful for my time here, as God has shown me time and time again that He provides. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Alejandra feeding Alison

The other day I was holding a crying Edy trying to feed Alison at the same time. Alejandra came up and motioned, because she can't speak, that she wanted to try and help. She ended up feeding Alison the entire bowl. It went slow, and it was a little extra messy, but she was so helpful, and so sweet. Alejandra has such a kind heart. She will wheel up to Edy's swing and gently push him or wipe his mouth if he drools. It is such an amazing thing to witness. I'm going to miss her, and everyone else here so much. I can't believe that there is only 16 more days until I go home. I miss my family so much, but I know I'm going to miss this family that I have come to love so much too. 


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Throwing Blocks

Cesar and Merlyn spent some time coloring during therapy time in the morning. 

Alejandra enjoys playing with play-doh. 

Tummy time for Humberto!

While Alejandra was doing tummy time, she decided to pick up the blocks next to her and throw them at me. It started a fun, but crazy block war,

that ended like this. :) 

Isn't Merlyn just beautiful? 

Olympia giving Merlyn a hug

Alison and Olympia both have Down Syndrome. My siblings Oliver and Natalie have it too. It's so funny to see similar facial expressions and actions in all of them. 
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 The house currently has mites. We are starting treatments tonight. It is a huge hassle! All the kids need either cream rubbed on them, or pills. EVERYTHING has to be washed, and then dried on the hottest setting. Bedding, towels, clothes, high chair covers, etc. Other things that can't go in the washing machine have to be disinfected. Furniture, toys, wheelchairs, etc. It's going to be crazy the next few days. Please pray for energy for us who will be working, and that our efforts are effective and the mites go away. They are much appreciated. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fun in Antigua

Yesterday the Guatemalan nannies wanted to bless us. Since they had Day of the Dead off, they wanted to give all of us a day off. It was so nice. Some of us decided to spend the day in Antigua. We left the house at 9 to walk to the bus stop. There are bigger buses, and smaller buses. We caught the smaller bus just as it was pulling away. It was already crowded, so we had to stand. It wasn't crowded enough though. Along the way we picked up a lot more people. There was a total of 40 of us on the small bus all squished together. It was such a fun experience. 

Our first stop was breakfast at Doña Luisa's. We got a coffee and the bread of the day. It was really good. 

Here's the three of us-Katie, me, and Emily. Emily was here as an intern last summer, and is visiting for nine days. 

 After breakfast we hiked up to the cross. It didn't take that long, and it was a beautiful walk. So many stairs though. 


The view at the top overlooking Antigua was breathtaking.





On the way down, we stopped to climb on this fallen tree. 


 Coming down I walked on the ledge most of the time. 

You can see the cross in the background if you zoom in a lot. 

We saw this place on the way back

After the cross, we met up with Stevie and Jeremiah, and went to the Artisan market to do some shopping. Then we went to the indoor market. It is an absolutely crazy place, so easy to get lost in. The locals do a lot of their shopping here. 

The meat area smelt awful. They just had it all out in the open with no refrigeration  


 Then we went for lunch at Pollo Campero. 

Here we are on the bus for the ride home. It's empty right now, but that's just because we were the first ones on. 
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The people in the home are huge Cubs fans. We have been watching the World Series during the evenings. For the last game, we wanted to get something special. We stopped at Dunkin Donuts in Antigua. After looking at all the options, we decided that 50 donut holes was the best option. We asked for 50 donut holes. The lady started counting them out, and afterwards there was only 4 left on the tray. She threw them into the box anyways. We thought she was just going to give us those for free. Nope. She made us pay for the extra 4 that we didn't even ask for. Oh well. The Cubs won, so everyone is happy. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day of the Dead

Yesterday was Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It is a holiday to honor those who have passed. To celebrate this day, the Beyer's, another missionary family living here, had all of us over for a cook out. To get to their house you have to walk down a dirt narrow path. We knew it would be fun for all the kids, but we feared that getting the chairs through would be very difficult. It ended up going very smoothly, and we had a great time. :)

Playing card games, coloring, and painting nails

Alejandra and Yeni

Olympia wanted to play croquet. 

Bottle time for Ruavis

Lunch with the babies

Humberto loved having the balloon in his shirt. I just love these kids!

Playing corn hole

Yeni the balloon queen! Do you think she has enough?

Lining up to head back home. All in all, it was a wonderful, crazy, exhausting, fun afternoon. Thank you Beyers for having us over. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Coloring

Alejandra was outside coloring by herself. It soon turned into a coloring party. :) Emily played disney songs on her phone. Ale told Emily she wanted to give a picture to me, so Emily wrote my name out and she copied it onto the paper. I'm going to treasure it. She is so sweet! <3






The volcano was active the other night. You can see a little bit of the lava.