In honor of Mexican Independence Day, I thought I'd share some photos from my very first trip there, back in 2006.

Going to Mexico that December changed my life forever.  It was where I met my husband. It was also where God introduced me to people that Wade and I will love forever and our home away from home.

Embarrassingly, I once told God, "I'm not learning Spanish. You aren't sending me to Mexico."  Now I look back and PRAISE JESUS he knew better than I did.  I feel so foolish when I think back on that statement. 

Mexico is a place that I cherish so much. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't think about the people I've grown to know and love over the last 4 1/2 years. 

As you look through these photos, you will see glimpses of the moments that God used to bring me where I am now.

The Canal.  Streets that I consider my own...   

 Julyssa, Katia, and Rey. The first kids I met on the canal. Now teenagers...

Cynthia.  Whose parents broke my heart when they asked me to take her home with me so she could have a better life. Who moved away shortly thereafter. Who returned after several years and still considered me her friend.  That's a relationship constructed by God...  

Merlan. Broken and bruised as a baby - beaten by her father.  Now, the daughter of a man who now knows Jesus and a girl who loves to dress like a princess...  

Kids that don't care if you can't speak the same language. All they need is a hug and a smile...  

My life. Forever altered...

Fast friends. Long-lasting relationships...

 Meeting my Wade. Working together to build a home...

Starting something that's never gonna stop...

Priceless.


Dear Mexico,
"... we have no stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins."
-- Colossians 1:9-14


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