I’m going to Guatemala.

Holy crap.

If you know me even a smidegen, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been falling more and more in love with my faith (hashtag blessed). This is in part due to the incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know at Seacoast Grace Church. 

Sometimes I wish I could be more involved, but my life is already so full with wonderful things. So when I realized Seacoast Grace’s annual Guatemala trip worked perfectly with my schedule, I followed my heart and signed up ASAP.

(ASAP = As soon as I had Momma’s permission.)

So here I go..Onto a plane.. across the continent (I had to google this)  .. Straight To Zacapa, Guatemala (I also had to google how to spell this), for 6 days over Thanksgiving to work with Hope of Life.


Hope of Life is an organization started by a native Guatemalan who had a passion for helping his Guatemalan brothers and sisters out of poverty. The organization has already aided to the development of many poverty stricken areas, and I feel so lucky (#blessed?) that I’ll have the opportunity to contribute even nominally to the baby rescue center, orphanage, elderly home, and feeding programs. We’ll even take part in the fundamental act of building a home for a deserving family.

And at one point feed children who live at the local dump, according to Laura. (I keep thinking this is an autocorrect error.)


It’s blatently ironic that I’ll need to make certain sacrifices in order to make this happen. The most basic of sacrifices involve giving up my current lifestyle:

i.e. extensive lets-try-everything-dinners, complicated cocktails, $10 salads, steak {& I know the guac is extra} chipotle, $2 macaroons.

But I’ll also be missing our annual family Turkey Trot, as well as gfree stuffing (killer). And even my Christmas money will all be going to this adventure.

So here’s my game plan:

1. Dinners at home (Did this last night. Even made my famous microwave nachos for everyone! All around success!)

2. Meal prep for breakfast and lunch. (This is hard. Can someone find two more hours I can have please and thank you.)

3. Rediscover what’s in my closet. (Meh.)

4. Be cognitive about my spending.

A few kind friends have asked about donations to which I say –

 T H A N K  Y O U

If you have a few extra bucks and wouldn’t mind donating them to help fund this adventure. If you have a few extra moments and wouldn’t mind donating them to prayer. I’m so grateful to all of you.

There are so many people on this planet who need lovin and support. Thank you for always showing me both. I can’t wait to take all this lovin and pay it forward to some souls who can really use it.



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