Current Child Count

  • HOGAR DE AMOR I: 11 babies
  • HOGAR DE AMOR II: 6 boys
  • HOGAR DE AMOR III: 8 girls

Monday, July 19, 2010


Every year I say this, but… “I can’t believe I’ve lived here SIX YEARS!” I wouldn’t trade the time for anything in the world. There have been moments when I would trade it for having a more “normal” life, such as starting a family of my own, but overall it’s been a greater joy, privilege, honor, and ADVENTURE than I ever could have imagined six years ago.

With Elena, my faithful sidekick :)

This morning I re-read what I wrote last year. Basically I said it all there and it all still stands. I also realized that I wrote a lot better back then, which is a little concerning... Maybe functioning in Spanish most of the time is affecting my English as much as my family always swears, ha!

The crew: Brianna, Megan, Shekkinah, Hannah, Brittany, Micaela, Elena

It just so happened that last night we had a Casa de Amor full time/part time volunteer outing to our favorite restaurant. Since I get out so little these evenings apart from street work, it was special to fall on the eve of my "anniversary". Afterwards Elena suggested ice cream to celebrate. So on one of the coldest nights of the year (school has even been canceled for three days due to the cold wave), we ate ice cream outside. Fun times!

Thanks to everyone (you know who you are!) who has supported me during these intense, emotional, incredible years living and serving in Bolivia. The fruit is yours as well.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I am a frequent reader of your blog, but I don't think I have ever posted.

My dream as a child was to work in an orphanage. (My earliest childhood memory is of adopting my sister Nicki when we were both two. I can still picture parts of the orphanage in my mind.)

In 2002, I spent 4 months volunteering in an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. I also spent 16 months in 2004-2005 as a missionary for my church in Quito.

To this day, I still dream of returning and working on a longer basis in the orphanages I love. I have even been offered the opportunity to help direct the program I once volunteered for. (That offer might be available again next spring.) However, I have a long list of fears of what my future will look like if I move to Ecuador on a more permanent basis.

Basically, all of that was to lead up to the fact that I admire what you do. You are living my dream despite the fact that your posts mention that you share some of my apprehensions. Thank you for your example!