Q: How did you end up there and how long are you staying?
Well this leads us to summer of 2008. I knew I wanted to come back but our trip through church was only for high school students and I no longer qualified. So I had heard about this other option to intern. Not really knowing what I was getting myself into, I applied and got accepted to spend the month of July in Monterrey. Again this was soooo far outside of my comfort zone and this time I didn't have anyone I knew going with me. But the Lord kept leading and pushing and I ended up having an incredibly life changing month and fell in love with orphan care more and more. And again I wanted to come back and bring my family the next time.
Now we're up to the summer of 2009. I knew I wanted to be in Monterrey for more than just a month, but was only offered a month internship. So I became a nanny for a staff family here during the month of June and an intern in the month of July. Again I had an amazing summer. My family got to come, I grew closer to the Lord, fell more in love with orphans and made some really really amazing friendships that are still some of my closest friends today.
And again I just had to come back. It was summer of 2010. My last chance to be an intern. I was about to be a senior and in college which mean next summer couldn't be spent in Monterrey, but would need to be spent becoming a grown up and finding a job. I was set to spend 2 months in Monterrey and by now I figured I knew the drill of how this summer would go. But little did I know this would be the summer that changed everything. To my surprise I found myself living at Casa Hogar Douglas and being a mommy to 14. And everything changed. I thought I loved orphan care before, but I had no idea. My heart broke over and over into millions of pieces as I rubbed little ones backs till they fell asleep and miraculously learned Spanish so that I couldn't tell them not only how much I loved them but how much more God did. And with that, the decision was made. Again I was meant to come back. But this time it was going to be for much longer than 2 months. I applied to come on staff with Back2Back on a one year commitment. And well you know how the story ends.
Here I am. And I'm here until September. The decision about recommitting is ever present but I haven't made any decisions yet. I really have no idea how long I'll be here. It's a year for now and then we'll see.