Destination: Senahu, Guatemala
Date: June 2013
We are off on another adventure! Well at least Trent and the kids are! Bailey and I are about to join them but had to stay home in Texas so we could attend our Young Women’s camp. Trent decided not to stay behind and wait so he began our humanitarian adventure without the two of us.
Eight days ago Trent along with Colton, Clayton, Lexi, Leah and Bella boarded a three hour flight to Guatemala City. Our kids were surprised to find that Guatemala City is actually closer to San Antonio than their Nana’s house in Utah. Once they arrived in Guat they found their rental car and started the laborious seven hour drive up to Senahu.
We have been planning this trip for months. We decided to cut out all of the sports camps, Especially For Youth camps, and focus on our family and what we can do for others. One of my favorite motto’s I’ve been hearing and seeing lately is “Be Good, Do Good.” I can’t help but identify with this mantra. Our biggest challenge was finding a charity that would accept small children. Most of the organizations we found online seem to have age requirements of at least 12-years and older. Finding one that would accommodate four young children, 6, 8, 8, and 11 was a little challenging. Our prayers were answered when we saw an article on Charity Anywhere.org in the LDS Living magazine. With a few phone calls, emails and answered questions, we knew we had found a great charity to work with.
We planned on a three week trip. We felt like this would be an awesome experience for our little guys. I was excited about not having to find ways to entertain the masses all summer. Plus as parents, Trent and I have been worried about our children’s work ethics. I think this is common these days. With all the gadgets we have to make our lives easier we know we aren’t doing them any favors by keeping their lives easy. One of our family mottos that we discuss regularly is “Life’s not fair, work hard.” I don’t want any of them to think just because one child received something or their friends have something that they are entitled to the same. Life is work and they better learn how to do it! I think we should also tack onto the end of that motto.. “And enjoy life!” Life is worth enjoying every minute. I sure hope my kids are enjoying their time in Guatemala.
Here are a few pictures I wanted to share of their adventure thus far. I will be adding more to the blog after I arrive but here are a few photos Trent has shared. I hope they are learning to work hard!
Wish me luck. Bailey and I fly into Guatemala City and then will rent our car and find our little guide that will direct us the seven hour drive up to Senahu to meet up with Trent and the kids. I am very excited to join them but nervous about the driving and the roads. It should be a very exciting trip tomorrow!
As always Safe and Happy Travels!!!
Safe and Happy Travels!!!