So time escaped me and it’s April...what in the world!? Here’s a quick rundown of what all has happened since August...
September: Last cow show for our family after our family has shown for 27 years. My little sister showed for her last time. It was great to be together with family for our last show. Bittersweet for sure.
October: Last minute prep and then selling the cows. Really hard day. Seemed like it went way too fast for how much work was put into getting prepared for that day. Really hard to see them all go and to be left with an empty barn. Girl who needed hernia surgery got it done and looks amazing! Dulce (baby missing most of her brain) was in the hospital for 2 weeks and super sick, but is doing well now too!
Mid October: Came back to Guatemala and after some talk and a lot of prayer, Peter and I decided the next step in our lives was to start to plan our wedding! Had a team down of amazing coworkers! We treated over 100 patients in the course of 3 clinics. Next team was from California working with the local coffee farmers to get fair trade for their coffee and to work more efficiently to help with profit.
November: Continued clinics, kids’ club, and youth group. Had a huge Thanksgiving meal with my Guatemalan family.
December: Officially engaged! Continued the same schedule and had Christmas and New Year’s with my Guatemalan family. First time doing fireworks (besides sparklers). Car died...a lot....
January: Hosted 2 teams. 1st one was a group of high school seniors. They did an amazing job doing some projects around the house and leading a Bible school with our kids’ club group, teaching them about Noah’s ark and how Christ died for our sins so that we can have eternal life and that he loves us so much. 2nd team was some people we met from Haiti last year. They did teachings about walking on water and getting out of the boat to follow Jesus, and about David and Goliath. They handed out kitchen kits to some of the moms who live by the railroad tracks and we had 2 clinics and treated over 70 patients.
February: Focused on 2 really complicated patients (check out the details in the latest newsletter, which is posted in the newsletter tab of this website), continued holding clinics, kids’ club, and youth group. Cramming to get ready for the wedding.
March: Continued our crazy schedule and working with the 2 complicated patients, kids’ club, and youth group. And WEDDING DAY! We can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has supported us, helped in any way, the donations, gifts, videos, messages, and to those who were able to come to our special day. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
And now it’s April: We are adjusting to married life, settling into our home. Kids are back in school after having off the week for Semana Santa (Holy week leading up to Easter). We will be starting clinics back up, continuing to focus more time into the 2 complicated patients we have, and have been continuing with kids’ club and youth group. We just had a swimming party with the kids on Saturday for Semana Santa and we had a packed house this past Thursday for youth group with over 30 kids! Some of them just received Bibles that my parents bought for youth group for those who didn’t have one and we received a message from one saying that he was so thankful for his new Bible and a chance to read it. We continue to have 4 children living with us and supporting 7 in school.
Thank you to everyone who has been supportive, flexible, encouraging, and by our side through everything that has been going on. It’s been a crazy ride, with a lot of ups and downs, and I’m sure that will continue and we couldn’t do it without everyone’s support and prayers! Please spread the word about our ministry and how people can donate and be of support to us! For anyone wanting to make a tax deductible donation, you can do so by clicking on the donate tab and it will redirect you to the appropriate site. And if anyone wants to come down and join the fun sometime, please let us know! We would love to have you!