It’s hard to believe I’ve only been home a month, seems like I was just in Guatemala! But for now, we’ll start at the very beginning (a very good place to start ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I’ve wanted to do missions work for a while–a long time–and I had been talking to my parents about doing some kind of missions work. They wanted it to be for a month, with a family, and no shots.

So I started searching, and not 2 weeks later a friend of mommy’s was talking about how she and her family were going down to Guatemala for a month to work at an orphanage and there were 2 seats left! (plus I didn’t have to get any shots)ย And Mommy is ย texting Daddy saying “how serious were you about Anna going on a missions trip?” ๐Ÿ™‚

From there, it was crazy awesome to see God work! For example…I needed luggage, because what we have wasn’t really going to work ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you know that luggage can be kinda expensive–well one night Mommy was going through her e-mails and found a super good deal on a set of luggage, pretty much for more than half off!!! Wow!

So February 9th came way sooner than I had ever expected! lol! I left on a Sunday, got to go to Church that morning, and I had no idea this was going to happen, but they prayed over me before I left!โ™ฅ Talk about feeling loved ๐Ÿ˜€

Once I was dropped off at the hotel with the Howe family, we went to bed pretty early, because ย that next morning we had to leave the hotel at like 3:35 am! ย And that happened with not much trouble, got checked in (with what seemed like a hundred pieces of luggage!) and we were off! Let me add too…this was my first time ever flying (unless a short helicopter ride counts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) So it was a little nerve-wracking going through security and such, not knowing what on earth I was doing…thankfully I was with other people!

And let me tell you, I think flying is one of the most epic feelings you can ever feel in life ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know a few people would not agree with me on that one!

I seriously took 1500 pictures, but don’t worry, I’m not gonna be posting ALL of those ๐Ÿ™‚ But it’s still going to be a lot of pictures, so hang tight!

Volcano and mountain…


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It was pretty cool seeing Guatemala city from above!


After arriving in Guatemala around noon, the orphanage bus came to pick us up. We unloaded our luggage at the orphanage, spent the afternoon with the kids, then went to stay with lady D. in her home, just to relax and recuperate from our trip! And she is such an inspiring woman. She told us her whole story one night, and she talked about when she went down during the war, and towns were being destroyed by the guerrillas, and once they came into her home to rob her. The guy told her to give him half of her money, and she could keep the other half for her kids, she told him “look, I’m not going to donate to your cause. If your gonna rob me, then rob me.” He proceeded to take half of her money, then told her, “you need to close your back door, someone could just come in here and rob you!” Before they left, she told them she wanted to pray for them, and after she did he told her “you know next time we come, we’re going to kill you.” and they never did come back!

Just stories like that how God protected them, and provided for the orphanage at just the right time!



This little cutie was, well, a cutie lol!ย IMG_0514

The town was known for making boots, so there were aย lot of boot shops.ย IMG_1568

Sooo many colorful buildings…made me want to paint my house colorful too!




The lady here was making fresh corn tortillas…that were yummy-lishis! ๐Ÿ˜€ Not anything like the ones here in the States.ย IMG_1490


IMG_1494I think they had the best coffee ever!


I thought the ‘omelet of ham’ was funny!


I’d have to say that the plantain and re-fried beans were my favorite food! And my not so favorite food was the fresh papaya! lol, I told my sisters it tasted like dirty diapers smeld ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha!


Hope you enjoyed my first post on Guatemala! I hope to get the other posts coming sooner than a month in between, but it just depends on how life decides to go!

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11 thoughts on “Guatemala Part 1

  • April 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Oh that looks like it was fun! And to work in an orphanage. Wonderful! I wish I could have gone too. You know that I have been wanting to go on a mission trip for as long as you. God just hasn’t blessed me yet with the experience… ot connections. ๐Ÿ˜€ And I agree,,,, No shots!! Glad that you had and are back safe and sound!

  • April 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Awesome! And you’re still like 16 or 17, right? That’s great you got to go already!

    • April 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Yep, I’m 16 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Yes, please tell us more! I’ve been waiting for a farmgirl post for a while! Glad you made it there and back safely!

  • April 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Did you have to learn Spanish in order to communicate with the orphans and staff?

    I know you are probably very busy with lots of other things, but I hope you write more about your trip soon!

    • April 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      They knew a little bit of English, so we were able to communicate a little ๐Ÿ™‚ But since I didn’t know Spanish, it was a little difficult.

  • May 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I enjoyed your post very much and look forward to part two. The pictures are wonderful. I like that you shared about the food, and I agree with your comments regarding papaya. One day I would like to do a missions trip.

  • May 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I was a little confused about the “no shots” part. Is your family opposed to vaccines?

    • May 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Just cautious about them ๐Ÿ™‚ I had an autoimmune disorder when I was younger where my body was destroying it’s own platelets (ITP) and had to have a blood transfusion, so there are some vaccines that I cannot have.


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