Misconceptions about the poor

Just a few thoughts on poverty from things I've observed over the years. First of all, I think calling people “poor” is horrible but so are the following preconceived ideas. The poor are lazy: although lazy people ought to be poor…they often are not… many people work long hard hours for next to nothing! Just …

15 very real dangers of living in Guatemala

You could: get hugged to death by cute children get intoxicated from eating too many fresh grown vegetables make friends become addicted to tree ripened mangos get the dust from the streets into your toes and never want to wash it off learn to actually like tortillas and frijoles love people so different and so …

10 Perks of missionary life in Guatemala

Try new things: amoebas, scabies and lice. I mean really, have you lived if you haven’t tried each of these at least once? Put it on your bucket list! Grow in patience: stand in really long line-ups in a country that loves paperwork. Birth certificates are only valid for 6 months here… just in case …

I know my kids’ childhood is different from mine when they:

shoo spiders to the side so they can get in bed without squashing them eat beans speak three languages, English Spanish and Spanglish squeeze lime juice on almost anything to make it edible (??) eat spicy “chili” drink coffee walk around a room hugging and kissing each person when they enter or leave a room …

things I tell myself

Having boundaries doesn’t mean you aren’t a good Christian, even Jesus set them! If you haven’t laughed today you need to take some time to smell the roses. When you can, give generously, when you can’t, give anyways… but never what you owe to someone else! Time, affection or money. Don’t hold on to what’s …

our fake family trip…

I’ve been dreaming up a trip to canada…all the wonderful people we haven’t seen in so long, all the neat places to show my kids… sometimes it includes someone's (I don’t actually know someone) borrowed camper, sometimes it’s a cross country trip sometimes just half way. Sometimes it’s in winter and sometimes it’s in summer… …