Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
It is that time of year again:
Friday, September 23, 2011
Celebrating Birthdays here are always a good time! This year Sebas decided he wanted to go bowling and out for tacos. So, we all went bowling and ate tacos way too late in the night. hahah. Bowling, for me, always sounds like so much fun and then i actually start bowling and i realize i am not as good as i think i am. But the experience with friends is the best part!
Sebas is one of our friends from a long time ago. I remember when Rodo, Kenzi, and I drove him all the way from El Limon (the casa hogar that is 6 hours away) to come be apart of our hope program. I remember when he started chef school. He is a bright young man who will succeed if he continues to put his mind in the right place. Our neighbors for the year, THE WHITED FAMILY, formed a special bond with Sebas and asked him to become a part of their family. They instantly bonded and it was so fun to watch them interact with sebas. So, Sebas moved out of one of our hope program houses (but was still a part of it) and moved in with the Whited's. This year for Sebas has been a good one. He has graduated from Chef School and is now working at a local sushi restaurant while the Whiteds are in the states. Their whole family (including Sebas) are in for a new journey. They are all going to serve at Casa Hogar El Limon as a family to help out with the 42 kids that live there. There was only 4 different worker for 42 children and David and Stacy (parents) felt the call to move their family there. Check out their story click here, Whiteds World. They are passionate people with passionate hearts for the orphan child. Sebas was just the beginning step! Now, he is a part of a family and watching the way they love on each other is unreal.
Hope you had a great birthday this year Sebas. We love you!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A sweet new addition to the Arguello family!
Meet Trooper! He was born on June 1, 2011 and was adopted by Rodolfo and Rebecca Arguello on July 10, 2011.
He was so little and cute we couldn't help but grab him. We fell in love with him instantly. Rodo named him and has been teaching him so many tricks.
Trooper loves to go on walks, play fetch, and sleep. He can sit, high five, and lay down. He knows spanish and english. Trooper has all of his shots now and is ready to go meet his cousins Oliver and Sampson. Oliver is my sisters dog and Sampson is my parents dog. We are hoping to travel with him around Christmas time!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Michaelyn Paige happens to be my 2nd cousin! God worked together in HUGE ways to get her here in Monterrey for 2 months.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Meet my friends Brandy and Cassie!
Every summer we have a discipleship program here between our summer interns and our staff. This summer I had the pleasure of meeting weekly with Brandy and Cassie. Most staff were paired up with a girl or boy only for one month. I was able to meet with these girls for the whole summer. We met weekly to work through some tough situations and to closen our relationships with the Lord. Being away for a summer can be tough, I remember that from being here for 5 summers in a row. So, I was able to understand what living with 12 other girls felt like, what it was like to miss your family or friends, and how to pray for glory strength to finish strong! One of the girls was a nanny as well so we had some fun sharing different stories about that.
I was very blessed to meet with each of these girls. Blessed to call them friends and I am already missing talking and hanging out with them!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Lots of babies this time of year! Before summer we had a baby shower for the 5 babies That were due in August and September. My friend Jessica and I decided to make some onesies for all of them! Now all these sweet babies but 1 are here and hopefully enjoying some onesies!
I can't believe 5 babies in one month! I am in heaven holding all the little ones. And, don't worry, it will be A LONG time until Rodo and I are drinking the same water as everyone else on staff here :)
Friday, September 16, 2011
WEEK 8 OF SUMMER!!!!!!!!
Each morning the classes were from 9-11 a.m. Then, after the camp each day we had fun activities planned. Throughout this week we took all the girls on a fieldtrip to a place near by called Kidzania. It is basically a town shrunk down to kid size. They can work and they get paid. They can spend their money to get something. They can work at Dominos pizza and McDonalds and eat the hamburger or pizza that they have made. It is really a neat place. They also had a spa day, pollo loco, and a swim party!
At the end of the week we were able to put on a recital for our entire campus at Back2Back. All the groups from week 8 and all the staff were invited. They made signs and were a great crowd. It was incredible! The girls did all of their dances for them and told them the different themes throughout the week that they had learned. After the recital, we invited the parents to come and eat some cake and celebrate all the success from the week.
This week, for me, was a perfect way to end the summer. Finishing off strong and with a big passion of mine. This week for the girls was even better. They didn't want it to ever stop! These girls were blessed in a huge way by 3 dance teachers who had a passion to bring love, Jesus, and dance to orphan and staff children! Thank you ladies for your heart and your service here!
Paloma is from Casa Hogar Manantial de Amor (The Spring of Love). I have a special bond with the girls that live there. I sometimes take them different place or go hang out with them and we have so much fun. Paloma LOVES to dance. For her Quincenera she asked me to choreograph a dance for her and 2 friends. I was SO SAD in knowing that i had NO time whatsoever because we had 5 groups here that week and the week to follow! It was in the heat of summer. I seriously felt aweful. But when i told her i couldn't she was totally wonderful about it. She told me as long as i was there, she didn't care. Well, to my surprise, her and her friends choreographed their own dance and performed it the day of her Quincenera. These Quinceneras are a BIG deal for the Mexican Culture. It is the moment the young girl becomes a woman. Makes a promise to God to stay pure and it is basically like a wedding ceremony but her groom is the Lord. They have Padrinos ( people who are important to her) for the pillow she kneels on, her ring ( promise/purity ring) , a watch ( a time for every season), and people who help pay for the event to happen. She kindly asked me to be the Madrina of her ring. I was so blessed that she could have picked anyone, but she chose me.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
David and Stacy Whited got together with House Parents, Darren and Hannah, and decided that our teens needed some correct guidance on how to behave when out at a nice restaurant! Realizing that they are teens and are at the age of dating, they decided to throw a nice dinner at the Whited's house. Rodo and I, Hope and Cheque, Hannah and Darren, and the Whited's were the servers for the evening.