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You never realize how little things can be amazing things. I have seen a person freak out over seeing a cow for the first time. I have watched a girl cry at her first sight of snow. Last week, I witnessed a first that literally brought me to tears.

We had the pleasure of taking the 3 to 5-year-old class to the campo last Friday. The campo in La Limonada is a big empty “field” that is covered with dirt. There is literally nothing on it except a few goals for playing soccer. We decided that taking the kids to the campo in the van would be much easier, since there were only 3 teachers and 16 kids. They got so excited during this 3 minute ride… it reminded me of the first time I went on a roller coaster. The kids jumped into the van and were so excited. It was kind of nuts. I turned to Leonor, the teacher of this class, and asked if this was the first time that most of them had been in a car or van before. Her answer was ‘yes’. I immediately had tears in my eyes. Going over the speed bumps was the greatest part of the ride. We opened all of the windows in the van so that our arrival at the campo would be known by all of the other kids. The kids were so excited.

It really is the little things in life that make the big experiences…

 

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault

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I’m Going To Guatemala!!

The waiting is over… kinda.

I had a productive meeting with Bill and Cherie this week. The good news is that I’m moving to Guatemala. I have always wanted to do humanitarian work… to be able to do this work in a third-world country is (literally) my dream come true. I feel so proud to say that I will be a part of the Lemonade International team.

There are going to be some delays in my departure from Raleigh…

~ I currently don’t have a place to live in Guatemala. We are working/researching/investigating some options in this. There is a slim chance that I will have to either rent an apartment or rent a room from someone for a period of time. I’m okay with this, as I am pretty adaptable to most living situation.

~ I still need to do some fund-raising. This isn’t really a point of stress to me right now. I have had so many people who have offered to help me out, either with a single donation, or by pledging monthly donations.

~ I still need to write my support letter. Not only do I have to do a mass email, but I have to send out letters to people who don’t have email access or who it’s easier to just write a letter to.

~ I have to find a home for Hugo, my cat. I’m worried about finding an appropriate home for him. He has a pretty bad case of separation anxiety.

More to come… in time.

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The Waiting Game…

I have gotten really good (insert sarcasm here) at waiting. spiral-clock

All of my application questions, criminal background check, and my video (yes… I said video!!) have been submitted to Bill and Cherie at LI. I’m happy to report that next Thursday we will be meeting for lunch to discuss what’s next.

I am calm.

For the first time, in a long time, I know that I’m doing the right thing… I’m being lead on this path to Guatemala. The coincidences are too strong and too many. I’m happy to say that I am ready for the challenges that lay ahead of me now. I’m on God’s time, which is dramatically different from Kerry-time. As someone who is very pro-active, its hard to wait around for someone else to make a decision about my future plans. I have confidence that this is all going to work out. I know that I’m doing good things with my life and that great things lay ahead.

I am calm.

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During my last meeting with Bill and Cherie, I was alerted to a new “speed bump”. I would also call this a “project”, as I usually do better with any type of project, once I set my mind to it.

This is going to sound trivial… and those of you who know me best, please refrain from calling me to yell at me about this. Bill wants me to APPLY for a placement with LI. For the record, I’m okay with this. But that little voice in the back of my head is starting to yell not so nice things at me. I can’t help but be reminded of all of the paperwork and the two interviews that I had with Oasis. After having dusted myself off, when they dropped me like a hot potato, I gained my perspective back. I need to remind myself, that this is barely a speedbump.

Today, Ed spoke about Mother Teresa. We heard the story of how she was being called by God to go to Calcutta, but The Church kept telling her ‘no’. She wrote letters and met with people for years before she got the ‘go ahead’ and finally made it to Calcutta. I’m not comparing myself to Mother Teresa… because that would make me insane. But, I do believe that you have to fight off all of the “no’s” and “not yet’s” that come your way when you believe that you are truely following a destiny. I know that I have found my place in this world, and now I just have to learn how to be patient until I get there.

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