I know, I'm about 2 weeks behind. Sorry, life has been a bit busy since coming back from my family mission trip to El Salvador.
I am so excited to share some pictures with you and tell you about the amazing little town of El Zonte.
My family was truly blessed to be able to go on this trip. Possibly a "once in a lifetime" kind of experience (but hopefully not).
We were there for 8 days, and let me tell you, in the end my kids did not want to come home. I think they were ready for their own beds and, honestly, McDonalds, but they made some neat friends there and enjoyed themselves completely!
I was a bit nervous about taking all our boys (ages 9, 6, and 4) at first. Nervous about safety, health, and just plain comfort. But this trip was such a wonderful little stretch for them. It wasn't too much to make them want to go home the second we got there, but just enough to open their eyes to the world around them. A world that Jesus loves, and that we don't stop to even think about sometimes.
El Zonte is a world with a lot of broken families and poor children. Children who make bracelets and jewelry and whatever else they can to sell to surfing tourists to help raise money for their families.
But these children are happy, their smiles contagious. Like Estrella...
This little girl is going to run the town someday. She is already pretty much in charge around here.
Even soaking wet from playing with my boys at the pool, he is the cutest!
This is Agnid...
Like many of the local children, he was in the constant care of his older brother while his mother worked. His older brother is only 9. On this day he was wearing this little shirt that said "I'm crabby" on the front with a picture of a crab. He is so sweet, and anything but crabby. He loved decorating his little visor for the vacation Bible school craft that day.
At first, my boys were a bit hesitant about the language barrier, but one little boy cured them of that. His name is Myron...
Every time I think of him, I get teary (and if you know me, you know that's rare!).
Here's the brief story..
To sunset... (the sun rises and sets over the ocean there, very cool!)
we played with children.
And we loved every exhausting minute of it!!!
Now we are dealing with the reality of being home. Of dealing with work, and school, and busyness. And I don't like it one bit. It has definitely been an adjustment for me.
We would all love to go back, and maybe one day we can. Maybe one day we can show those children how much Jesus loves them again, and play with Myron, and drink his families yummy pineapple banana smoothies, and release more baby sea turtles into the warm ocean (story to come). Until then, we will look at our pictures constantly and tell stories about our amazing adventure together, and be truly thankful!