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Adventures in life

So, I haven’t added a blog in a while. Things have been kind of crazy as I try to help the girls find jobs, enroll in school, learn the bus routes, teach them a few more basic household things etc. Also, I was traveling to the United States to exchange excellent Guatemalan coffee for donations to help with our XelaHouse project. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, kind words and donations.

I have to tell you, I am learning a lot too. It has been quite the adventure riding the buses with the girls and also alone as I try to find the best routes for them back and forth to their jobs. These “buses” are actually very old and multi dented mini vans for the most part. Also, the will squeeze as many people as possible into these buses. As far as they are concerned, they are never full, there is always room for one more. I am learning the routes and where to change buses. I am stick out in the crowd, as one big “gringa”. LOL.

So as of right now, both Evelin and Sulmy have jobs as nannies and they really seem to enjoy them. We are still in search of a job for Delia, but she is out pounding the pavement regularly and has had a few interviews. We are waiting to hear back from them on a couple of different opportunities next week.

Here is a link to the Facebook video of our bus ride https://www.facebook.com/100069772687589/videos/628973128230459 and I also will attach a video of another ride to the bottom of this blog.

The coffee donations are going amazingly well. Thank you to anyone that participated and a huge thanks to those that gave extra. You have no idea what you are doing for these young ladies and setting them up for a better future. I will be back with more coffee in Jan from the 19-26. If you would like to preorder, please send me a message by Jan 10th. Thank you.

Oh yeah here is a Rudy update as well. For those of you that don’t know Rudy is the young man from Canica that was also coming to Xela House. He isn’t quite ready for this move as we understand it. He is enrolled in College in Xela though. I do believe he has chosen to study Sytems Engineering. Since they are starting out the year in Virtual College I think he is staying in San Marcos for now. He may come to Xela in person but may stay with a friend. I didn’t catch everything as this is info from Brian as he understood it from Rudy. Everything doesn’t always come through in translation. We are still working on our rusty Spanish. As I learn specific details, I will update again for sure.

The girls are also learning a lot of household skills and life lessons. Who knew they didn’t know what Bounce fabric sheets were, we take that kind of stuff for granted. Learning that if you can’t make an appointment, more than 15 minutes notice is needed. You know the little things in life. LOL.

Thank you all again for being part of this journey and I will do my best to keep you updated and hopefully more often.



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