There are moments in life which you could never predict or imagine happening. As I stood on the rooftop terrace of Hotel California drinking a glass of wine with my mom and talking about life overlooking Panajachel Guatemala, I had one of those moments. The whole week was pretty surreal for me and we had a great time with my Mom and my Uncle David visiting.
Getting to show my mom Guatemala with all its beautiful people, scenery and the ministry we love made it one of the most special moments of my life.
We took a trip across the lake one day to take the kids swimming and enjoy a fun day at Ven Aca (a hotel/restaurant) on the lake.
My Uncle David lived in Guatemala for 12 years from 1978 to 1990. So we got to share stories with him of Guatemala. It has been so cool getting to experience the same country he lived in and I heard stories about growing up. He wrote a book about his adventures and you can buy it on Amazon if you want. It’s called “Gringo on a Chicken Bus”. I read it this year while riding on chicken buses. If you’re interested you can click on the photo of his book and purchase it on amazon.
It was a beautiful day on the lake and we had a great time relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. My mom said Indiana was -20 degrees Fahrenheit when they left so she was loving the sun. Grandma Mary also brought down some presents for the kids. This pirate outfit was a gift from Grammy Julie. Ezra slept in it several nights in a row.
Uncle David was a hit with the kids! Abra enjoyed looking at National Geographic with him. Ezra said Grandma Mary is really nice and so is Uncle David but he’s “Cwaaazy”:)
The Super Bowl wasn’t much to talk about this year but we had fun watching it at the Porch Super Bowl party with our first team of the new year from Tallahassee, Florida.
Mom joined me on Monday as we went to work on our first house of the year in Concepsion. I loved being able to show my mom the beautiful families we get to serve.
This family recently had twins! They are real cuties here is mom with one of them. And also a photo of team leader Scott Shalley holding one like a football.
We got to work digging footers and hauling concrete blocks.
“Tex” as his teammates called him found a nice souvenir to take home with him while digging the footers. But his teammates insisted it would probably make his suitcase over weight. So they dug a hole under it and buried it deeper to get it out of the way.
We also took mom to the nature reserve and some other sites around town. I have to say I was so impressed with how brave my mom was on this trip. She even rode on a chicken bus! We were so sad to say goodbye to Mom and Uncle David. On the way to Guatemala City we got to sit in traffic for 3+ hours because of protests that were blocking the roads. What a fun time! Thanks God for allowing my family to come down and experience Guatemala with me!
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Thanks, Will, for such an intimate story. It makes me want to book a flight right this second and join you. I so enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures, even being a tiny bit envious! Looking forward to meeting you this summer. I missed you last summer on my trip there. Nancy