Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Last Notes from Guatemala

The first two times we visited Guatemala, we built houses for two families with From Houses to Homes.  Each time we come, we visit them, and it is always a joyous reunion.

Our family in San Antonio des Aguas Calientes has 7 children.  The oldest daughter, Blanca, "finally" got married and had a baby at the "ripe old age" of 20.  The baby, Cristian, is the delight of all of his aunts, one of whom is only 2 years older than he is.  We are lucky to get to share in their daily lives, doing things like watching them cook, and helping to shuck corn to be sold at the market.

Our family in Santa Maria de Jesus also has a new baby, Fernando, who delighted in the pleasure crawling around, chasing after a ball we brought him.  Samy and the older children were able to play despite not sharing a language.  And... the "cup song" made it to the highlands!

Flor, the mom, wove beautiful tapestries for us to take home.  These take many weeks to complete, so we are most grateful. 

When we arrive in these villages, it is cause for a lot of staring... People, particularly children, come out of their dwelling areas to gawk at the "gringos!"

Saying goodbye is never easy.  So we say, hasta la próxima vez, which in our case means in February.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can. 

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The corn was really as high as an elephant's eye!


  1. Sounds like such a fulfilling trip. Thanks for sharing it. Such a different world than we know here in the U.S.

  2. Beautiful families while you enrich their lives they do so for you. xox

  3. thanks for sharing, brings back so many memories!

  4. So wonderful what you do! You help them and inspire us! Wonderful photos too!

  5. I admire what you and your family do! Thanks for sharing your precious moments!

  6. Beautiful photos. You and Samy are such good souls. Love that expression 'as high as an elephant's eye' - haven't heard that one before!

  7. Amazing trip- your soul shines in everything you do!

  8. Your Guatemala photos are so beautiful, love them. What an adventure, what a cool experience that must be. THanks for sharing.

  9. Thank you for sharing what looks like a wonderfully, enriching experience for everyone ~ lovely

  10. You really are amazing:) Great to see these pics. Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  11. I love hearing about your trips--amazing journey's!


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