Saturday, May 19, 2012

Easter!

Like I said… I got to spend two whole weeks with Gustavo and Alex in my house… which included Easter. Growing up, Easter at my house always consisted of dying eggs, Easter baskets, and Easter egg hunts. So I figured, if I was going to have kids in my house for Easter, our Easter should consist of all those same things.

Therefore….

We had an Easter egg hunt…



And the eggs had money inside : ) This fact caused Alex to yell “I wish it could be Easter every day!”

They each had a little Easter basket/bowl (I had to work with what I’ve got)

And our friend Laura brought us an egg dying kit all the way from Florida… since that concept doesn’t really exist here in Mexico. Thanks Laura!!

We also got to invite a single mom and her four boys to go to church with us and all the kids got to go to these great kid’s classes where they learned all about how Jesus is alive! We talked all day long about how Jesus had died for our sins because he loved us SO much and wanted us to be able to spend eternity with him, and not that he’s alive, he can come to live in our hearts. It was an AWESOME day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Semana Santa

Here in Mexico the week before and the week after Easter are called “Semana Santa” or the holy week. The whole country pretty much takes a two week spring break, all at the same time. Because nearly all of the children that we work with still have relationships with their families they all go home for these two weeks.  All of them except the few who really have nowhere to go, those kids just get to stay at the empty children’s home. This year at Casa Hogar Douglas, there were only 6 kids who were unable to go home. As an effort to give a break to both the kids and their caregivers we worked to find various staff families here at Back2Back that would be able to have a few extra house guests for a those two weeks. And of course... two of them ended up coming home with me.

Meet Gustavo and Alex.


They are brothers and moved in to live with me for 14 whole days… and it was quite the adventure.

I was just like a mama. I cooked, cleaned, did laundry and even got woken up in the middle of the night. I was exhausted but was also felt so incredibly thankful that God would use me to love on those two for 336 solid hours.

We watched movies. And of course ate popcorn.


Played dress-up. 
We went out to dinner and for ice cream. We went grocery shopping. We got our eyes checked at the eye doctor. And we even took a field trip to a local amusement park! 




It was an exhausting/fun/crazy two weeks. It also included Easter! We got to spend the whooole day talking about and celebrating Jesus! It was great and a post all about Easter is sure to follow so stay tuned :)