:: Update Eighteen ::

A year ago, a shy person got on an airplane to go to another Country for the second time. She was scared of people, of meeting others, she didn’t like spontaneous, doing things out side of her comfort zone.


And here she was, doing literally everything she was scared of.

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That person was me. And I wouldn’t and couldn’t have ever done it unless God had asked me to give up my comfort zone.


That person is not me anymore. I am constantly amazed at His goodness in my life and how he works. The people he put in my life to change it for the better. People who helped me be open to ideas, ways of life. Some of those people are still in my life and keep changing it for the better. Inspiring to go higher. To do life with excellence.


Some of my greatest teachers while I was there was a 6 day old baby boy. A 1 year old little girl…children. So small yet so grand in thought. In imagination. In life. So pure and young.



Something I asked of God was for him to change me into the person He had created me to be. And He did just that. He still is, we never fully arrive to who we are to be. We keep striving for greatness. Even in our mistakes. We learn and keep going. Forgive and forget. Love without return expected.


I am so grateful for each moment in Beautiful Guatemala. The joyful times, times of crying, of stress, of sadness, of laughing until your sides hurt, of holding little hands, of snuggles or late nights.


Early mornings. Of the beauty in the biggest and smallest moments. In the sunrise. In a smile. In a tear. In an embrace. In an outpour of the a broken heart, of a encouraged heart.


In the pouring rain, in the hot sun.


Of meeting another person, and seeing their love for life. Their dreams for life and you watch as they light up.

Of being in a group of people, praising our Creator for His power and majesty.


It is honestly hard to sum up in words how much this time in life is to me.


At times, it is so hard for us to see how something we think won’t do much becomes so much to us, and not only that, it completely changes your life. It opens the door to your future, fills you with hopes and dreams for the future of others.

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How beautiful is life? Insanely!

3 thoughts on “:: Update Eighteen ::

  1. Hello Anna,
    I am considering(praying about) going down to volunteer and it would be great if you could write about some of the practical stuff involved.
    So I can be better mentally prepared.
    What was the temperature like especially humidity when you were down there.
    Did it cool off at night.
    What time of year were you there.
    Were your meals included, what did they consist of and was there enough.
    What was the bathroom/shower situation.
    What were the sleeping arrangements.
    What was the schedule like, did you get time/days off.
    What was did the total cost of the trip end up being, both the five month and the shorter one.
    What were differences from your short trip and your five month trip.
    What is some advice you would give about what to pack, mindset, et cetera.
    And anything else you think I could benefit from knowing.
    Thank you so much.
    God Bless


    1. Hey Marie,
      That is so exciting that you are wanting to do that! I’m going to send you an email with all the answers! 🙂


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