Tuesday, March 6, 2012

un año--- con amor

hey lovelies!
it's been a year ago sunday,
i have been calling mexico
my home.

so cheers to mexico,
and the many years ahead!

here are a few highlights,
from each month.

:: March ::
arrived to my new little casa.
made it cozy.
got settled.
ate my weight in mango's on a stick con limon y chili.
helped care for a little boy with a burnt neck.
held a orphan with spinal bifida.

:: April ::
met my durango family.
stacked twenty plus benches on a truck.
welcomed new neighbors.
prepared activities for spring camp.
ran two weeks of spring camp.
survived the cold sleeping conditions at camp.

:: May ::
took the bus from ensenada to the border for the first time.
attended my sisters bachelorette party.
walked to raise awareness for the orphans in china.
went home for two weeks.
wrestled my little sisters.

:: June ::
watched my {seester} become mrs. neesby.
gained another brother. SCORE!
got to sit in on some chmelar family style meals.
celebrated my sister aubrey's birthday.
started summer camp two thousand eleven.
learned how to stomach chili's.

:: July ::
connected for the second time with my first orphanage i worked with.
watching {the walls of jericho} each week, performed by a different orphanage, and feeling like a proud mama each time.
pulled a cactus out of a little boys leg.
held my first dance party at my house.

:: August ::
made a lot of new friends.
came to the realization that hot water is a luxery
and dirty feet are normal.
gave more of my heart to mexico, and the people in this country.

:: September ::
took a week rest.
road my first roller coaster.
visited two orphanages.
started our tutoring program.
visit from seester dear.

:: October ::
went three weeks only rinsing my hair with vinegar and backing soda.
started visiting a nursing home with my violin.
opened a library on wheels for the niños in durango
became a pinterest-holic.

:: November ::
started attending a spanish church.
became a member of the worship team.
watched my first school program by the niños in durango.
took a picture of a sixty year old lady, who just received her birth certificate.
attended a chinese circus in mexico.

:: December ::
knit a case for my laptop.
had the cutest kitten  for a day.
took the kids from durango to a christmas party complete with santa.
a flight home to be with my big beautiful famly for christmas.
photo shoots.
christmas eve, candle lit service.
buzzed my brothers heads.
taught my little sister her sevens multiplication facts.

:: January ::
ate stinky tofu and lived.
started up our tutoring programs again.
lots of planning for spring and summer camps.
hospice care.
another visit from seester dearest.
shopping at the second hand shops for the first time in mexico.

:: February ::
valentines party.
consumed really delicious mole.
made my own mole.
played at the beach with my niños from durango.
intense spiritual warfare.
made fruit pizza.

{Porque yo sé muy bien los planes que tengo para ustedes —afirma el Señor—, planes de bienestar y no de calamidad, a fin de darles un futuro y una esperanza.}

Jeremías 29:11


Nicole said...

literally the coolest post in the whole world.

you are my hero.

josue said...

happy anniversary! like always say, your heart is Mexican! :-)

The Chmelars said...

if i'm remembering correctly i creamed you in that wrestling match!! ;) xo

Mikaela said...

Haha Grace that was awesome :) This is epic tic. Jer. 29:11--love it!!!

love you!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

What an amazing year and I'm sure it's only a preview of what's to come. You've done some amazing things!