Native Guatemalan Woman

Almost a year ago I was in Guatemala, with a great team, helping an orphanage called Fundaniños build a website that would allow people to sponsor children at the orphanage.  It is an amazing, loving place for these kids to find refuge.  If you are looking for an orphanage to support, they are awesome and love those kids unconditionally. Our last day in Guatemala was spent in Antigua, which was awesome!  While there, I really wanted to get a good black & white of a native Guatemalan woman.  This was exactly what I was looking for and what I had in mind.  Wrinkles, piercing eyes, and a genuine smile....

Dia de Los Chicken Bus

We woke up pretty early yesterday morning (about 5am) to head to the Trash Dump School in Gautemala City.  The team had prepared sandwiches, cakes, and juice boxes to give to the kids and we were on our way.  We went through several towns that morning, all covered in fog and scattered with locals heading to thier designated locations.  Covered with hills, the guys riding their bikes were barely down at full speed.  “Those guys are legit!”  Well, I think it was the third guy, we came around a turn and he was ahead of us flying down this hill and at the bottom of it was a chicken bus.  The chicken bus was stretched across the entire road because it was trying to make a hard left turn.  Someone said, “Look a this guy! He better stop of he is going to crash into the chicken bus.  That would not be good.”  Everyone laughed and then all of a sudden we realized that our brakes went out.  Just that fast we were slamming into the front tire of the chicken bus at 30 mph.  I was just behind the front seat and I saw the van hit the front tire and then all of a sudden I was flying with my face into the front seat of the van.  Everyone ended up flying into the seats in front of them, as the van did not have any seat belts.  Me and Michael got the brunt of it since instead of hitting the people in front of us we hit the protruding floor and the drivers and passengers seat. ...

Singing & Dancing

This week has been crazy.  I myself have been working about 14 hours a day… and that is just me.  Unfortunately I have not been able to spend much time with the kids at all.  But the times that I have been able to spend with them have been great.  They are amazing kids coming from all kinds of bad backgrounds, and even with thier backgrounds they are the most well behaved kids I have ever seen.  A testimony to how well the staff are doing here. I with I had some experiences to write about, but the reality is that I have been sitting at a computer all week.  I get little times here and there.  More than that, I know I am building a means for them to be provided for.  This lack of kid time just gives me more of an excuse to come back....

Some Pictures from Yesterday

Here are a few of the pictures I was able to take/process yesterday.  It is very peaceful and relaxing here, and I will have all afternoon to work on stuff. [nggallery id=2]

We Made It!

Today was a long but good day.  I just have to say to start off… flying on a private 9 seat jet is one of the coolest flying experiences I have ever had.  Yup, that’s right… private jet.  We were able to score this sweat deal through a family member of someone of our team… and man was it a sweet deal.  The internet is down so I will post video of it and all kinds of other stuff  tomorrow.  Michael is going to get it up and running in the morning. So the flight was effortless.  No stressful checking in, paperwork, people breathing on you for hours, etc etc.  We landed three hours later and were to go as soon as they checked our passports.  Then we commenced the waiting for the rest of our team.  Nathan and Allen flew in from College Station and where going to meet us at the main station.  We stood there for 2 hours… and not team members.  We tried to ask if they landed… sorry no.  What about making and anouncement… no.  What about going in and looking for them… no.  So realizing we couldn’t do anything and they didn’t seem to be there… we decided to head to the orphanage, drop stuff off and come back later.  We headed to the orphanage.  Got there, ate, and dropped off our stuff.  We headed back about an hour later hoping that they would be there.  Sure enough, they were.  They had been waiting about 50 feet from us on the other side of the glass the entire time, even while we were...