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House Blessing

and Earth Lodge

This morning we went to the building site for the house blessing with the family. Another amazing experience. This family was so fantastic! Our team stood in the little one room house with the family in a circle and said the Our Father with them. The father spoke to us through our translator and thanked us graciously for our work on their home. They were so grateful we gave our time and worked for free. They thanked us up and down and said that God will watch over us. It brought tears to our eyes. They have so little compared to us, but they are so thankful for everything they do have. I felt kind of bad that they were thanking us when we have so incredibly much compared to them. I wish we could give them so much more. They are a wonderful family. We got some pictures with all of them in front of the house. I will treasure that forever.

This afternoon, we were transported up the mountain (no hiking this time!) to a place called the Earth Lodge. It's composed of a tree cabin and a tree house and some A Frames. We drew cards for the one tree house, but I didn't get it. Dang! The tree cabin is also extremely cool, but I didn't draw the right card for that one either. Double Dang! It has a tree right through the middle of it with one wall literally made all of windows overlooking the mountain and Antigua below. My travelmate Becky and I ended up with a VERY cozy (as in really really small) A frame cabin. I can live with that. Tomorrow morning, we eat breakfast and then hike down the mountain back into Antigua. We'll have some free time in the afternoon and then our final team dinner. I have the earliest flight out of Guatemala City on Sunday, so they will be transporting me at about 5 a.m. or possibly earlier. Ouch! I'm excited to get back home and see everyone, but I will really miss Guatemala. The experiences I have had here have been incredible. I know I will be doing more work in a place like this or even back in Guatemala in the future. Thanks for reading my blog again!

Posted by Kristinh 16:26

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This experience sounds so fulfilling. It sounds like you will have a new appreciation for what happens up here...it makes us realize that we "shouldn't sweat the small stuff" - I can't wait to see pictures. It sounds absolutely amazing. I'll talk to you Sunday maybe...

by Jewels55

Kristin! What an experience you've had! It sounds like a very meaningful trip. Perhaps you'd consider the Peace Corps?

by vbahr

Kristin! What an incredible time you have had. Not only have you been able to experience the awesome countryside of Guatemala, but it also sounds like this has been a very meaningful time for you. It makes me ponder what may be in your future because of this trip. . .

by cbj73

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