Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How Community Service Inspires Creativity

My family's work in Guatemala started out as service with From Houses to Homes, but it has become so much more.  Every time I go, I return rejuvenated and inspired to do more, be more, help more.   And I can't wait to go back.

What inspires me?  Foremost is the love of our adopted family - the joy of my godson - the hope of his parents and their beautiful dedication to giving him a better life.

Then there is the quiet dignity of people who live in extreme poverty, but who repeatedly teach me about gratitude, loyalty, and what really matters. 

There is the joy and beauty over small things, like receiving one simple gift for Christmas; 

the juxtaposition of ruin and rebuilding

the colors and vitality

the humor

the persistence of life, pushing through decay

hope and reward from dedication and perseverance;

smiles, laughter, and clarity about why I am on this planet.

Here's a quick video my family made after our second trip to Guatemala.  I hope it gives you a little jolt of the amazing inspiration I glean from each trip.

You can also watch "A Child Does Community Service in Guatemala" on YouTube here.

What makes you say - OK - I know why I'm here?

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  1. Beautiful photos of your continuing journey in Guatamala. I love seeing the smile on the face of those children. xox

    1. Thank you Corrine - it brings so much joy to our lives. xoxo

  2. Such a wonderful involvement, so much love and joy in these pictures. Hugs

  3. How blessed are these families to have you and your family help them. What a beautiful video showing the way they live. So simple and such love. Thanks for sharing that. I think it's time to purchase a few more burlap bags. What is that link?

    1. Love your heart Judy. Here's the link! http://mycrowangels.org

  4. What a blessing! Great photos and wonderful work!

    1. Thank you Anita. It brings so much to our lives.


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