Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras

Hey there friends!  It's good to be back to the bloggity blog!

Kevin and I had an amazing time in Honduras and I'm here to share it with you.  The trip was organized by our church and led by someone who lived there for 3 years with his family.  We had a team of 5 people who we got to know pretty well and feel so blessed to know them.

There was one other woman and we had some awesome conversations and I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom from her.  PLUS, she interpreted for me since she is fluent in Spanish.  Man, I wish I knew more!

We got there on a Friday afternoon and took a crazy cab ride from Tegucigalpa to Guaimaca, where Orphanage Emmanuel resides.  It's built on 60 acres and is quite nice!  I think most people expect orphanages to be run down with starving children, and some, unfortunately are, but this one is not.  The founders started it 25 years ago and trusted the Lord to grow it and provide for each child.  There are 500 kids there today who are well-fed and well-loved.  It was SO encouraging!

The staff and volunteers are amazing.  God has provided immensely for these children, I believe due to the faith of those started it.

How about I just share the photos?!  (I apparently didn't charge my camera or bring the charger so the photos are taken with my iPhone) And please, send any questions that you have my way!

Painting the bathrooms in the medium boys' yard

Any guesses as to why we're painting everything a dark yellow?!

They have their own functioning farm/gardens - teaching the kids how to work and provides them with food/sustainability

passion fruit plant

little girls house!! my favorite place!


Kevin playing soccer while holding a child

big girls house

craft time!

getting my nails done :)

Every morning, each house does a Bible study circle - and then again in the afternoon - hearing those girls sing songs of worship to our Lord was one of the best moments of my life

Oh my goodness, this little girl was a cutie!  She is 5 years old, living in a house with 27 other 5-9 year olds.  Super sweet!

Reading class - my teammate is a teacher and was AWESOME in guiding this class and helping them out with a plan for the future.

They LOVED selfies!  When I got my phone back from her, I had about 32 selfies from her saying "quesoooooo!"

I made labels for the office

Because office work/organization is my gifting, I helped out in the office

My amazing husband shared his testimony with the kids at church on Wednesday night - to say that I was so proud is an understatement - love his heart for these kids and letting the Lord use his pain and redemption to encourage those kids

be still my heart <3

She had to wear my rainjacket

Telling the small girls goodbye the last morning :-(

back home!

The trip was life changing.  God has been working like crazy in my heart lately and He really confirmed a lot there.  I came back so much more joyful and so much more excited to spend time in His Word.  I pray that I don't let it just be a "mission trip high" but that it sticks.

Kevin and I are reading through the New Testament in 90 days as a part of a reading plan and I've been so blessed by it already.  We're also trying to learn some Spanish with the Duolingo App.

You can sponsor these kids too for $35/month - for more information, go HERE.  I truly know that the money goes to good use here.  You can also send gifts, even if you're not sponsoring a kid.  We're sponsoring a couple, but plan to send gifts to many kids!  They're always in need of hygiene products, clothes, shoes, etc.  They always welcome volunteers as well.  They have rooms for visitors - you just have to coordinate your visit with the staff, but it's so easy and you will be so blessed!  I definitely hope to go back!

Keep these kids in your prayers!  Thankfully they are well provided for, but I'm still reminded that they don't have mommies and daddies tucking them in at night.  I hope that they find Jesus while living there and get to know their Heavenly Father.

Shoot any questions you have my way!  Much love to ya!!
Thursday, July 2, 2015

We're Helping Orphans in Honduras!

God has been at work in my heart as well as my husband's heart.  We both know that He is calling us to something big, but we're not quite sure what that looks like.  Our hearts break for children who don't have loving parents, which is highly influenced by Kevin's life growing up.

A sweet Puerto Rican family stood in the gap for him and loved him and provided for him, though they didn't have to.  I thank God often for putting them in his life - I truly believe that he'd be a different man if they hadn't been there.  It was there that he found Jesus, there that he learned what love really is, there that he felt he had a "home" and was protected.

God could be calling us to anything - adopting, fostering, working at an orphanage, helping orphans/children in San Antonio, unofficially taking in any kids that need a home and someone to love them.  All we know is that we're supposed to be praying about it right now.

Kevin has recently taken a job with a local non-profit organization that helps kids that are aging out of the foster care system - they've never been adopted, don't have parental guidance and struggle once they hit adulthood.  He pairs them up with mentors that help them bridge that gap - help with finding jobs, education, housing, general wisdom, etc.  We've really found that there is such a large number of children that are looking to be loved here.  It may be why He led us here!

Also, as a part of this process, we have decided to go on a mission trip with our church to Honduras to help at an orphanage that houses almost 600 unwanted, abandoned and abused children of all ages.

So I come today, asking you to pray for and with us!

Here are some ways that you can pray:

1 // that we be “Christ-like” to those we come across during our trip

2 // for the 600 Honduran children that don't have parents and just want to be loved

3 // for courage to share the gospel, diligence and energy to serve well

4 // for God’s provision and protection as we travel

5 // for the staff that live at the orphanage year-round and love on these kids

6 // for God's provision for each and every orphan - that He would always provide food, clothing, shelter and love

7 // that the Holy Spirit would break the language barrier and that the kids would understand us and vice versa

Thank you so much, friends!  We so appreciate your support!  It'll be quiet for a week around the blog, but I plan to post about it when I get back.  Much love!! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Favorites Link Up!

It's that time again, friends!  June has flown by and we're smack dab in the middle of summer - welcome July!

It was a CRAZY month for us with the passing of Kevin's grandpa, my training in Utah, all the flooding in Texas, work being crazy, Father's Day weekend and Cassie visiting San Antonio (which was AWESOME by the way and I need to do a post on it once I get my photos organized).

In June, I read so many great blog posts so I wanted to share a few with you for my Monthly Favorites!

I hope you join us in the June Monthly Faves link-up!  Even if you don't have one posted today, that's okay!  Just post it sometime in the next month and come back to link up here.  We do it every first Wednesday of the month.  Check out Mia's post too and grab the button if you like!

A Deeper Joy

Let's get to it!

Side note: Please pin from original sources.

I absolutely LOVED Tiffany's post, 5 Morning Rituals That Will Greatly Improve Your Day, because it convicted me!  I really need to start waking up earlier and need to be more intentional with my mornings - especially with spending time with God and exercising.

Caroline, from In Due Time, shared about her recent trip to Costa Rica HERE, HERE and HERE.  I loved Costa Rica during my honeymoon so I am taken back when reading about others' trips there.  It's one of my favorite places in the world!  And let me tell you...Caroline and her hubby are adventurers!  I love it!

Biana, from B Loved Boston, shared about Summertime Entertaining with iced tea bars which I think is such a great idea!  Blackberry Bourbon Iced Tea?!  Umm....yes please!!

Cassie, over at Sage, along with Christine, from The So-Called Homemaker, have started a series called Speak Up for Silence.  I really enjoyed Shane's post about anxiety HERE.  It's something I've struggled with probably all of my life so I definitely related to it.  You should definitely catch up on the series!

Mia at Make Me Up Mia provides some awesome inspiration in her post 5 Reasons Why I Lift!  I mean...her before and after photo is pretty impressive.  I need to get my booty lifting weights!

In June, Paige from An Uncomplicated Life talked about The Importance of Alone Time and "Me Time" Activities.  Even as a woman without kids, I need alone time.  I need it to regain energy, focus on God, stop and breathe and sometimes, pamper myself.

Now it's your turn!  Share your favorites (any category) from June and link up your post below.

Until next time...