As I mentioned in a previous post, once the mission team left Mexico, I got to stay behind another week and a half. During this time, I got a feel of what life might be like next year, living in Mexico.

According my time in Mexico, there will be LOTS of birthdays.  We celebrated five. And those are just the ones we knew about!  Tali (left) baked this cake (with my help) for her very first time for her nephew, Alan. She was so proud of it.  So proud, in fact, that she asked if we could bake another one a few days later for her mom!  We did :)

While living in Mexico, I witnessed 4 families receive new houses, built by groups in the U.S. (like the ones I take down several times a year) who love the people and love Jesus!  I just love the colors of this house. I think it's my favorite. *Pink and yellow*

Living in Mexico, I witnessed the not so pretty as well.  Like Janette making Menudo (which I HATE HATE HATE) from scratch because the store was out of the prepared kind.  In this photo, Janette (pronounced Yah-Net) is scraping the cow's fir off of it's skin to prepare dinner. Yep.  This is why I hate Menudo.

But aren't her girls (and their besties) so darn cute?
Besties are the left two, daughters are the three on the right.

While living in Mexico, I got to spend a LOT of time with some seriously beautiful kids; playing, laughing, talking, and just enjoying each other. 
In fact, I think I'll let the photos do the talking.

note: the boxing depicted next photos is not real! haha 

One of my favorite times throughout the week was this night, about dusk.  Me and my friend, Emily, found ourselves saying something we never thought we would:

"Hey kids! Go play in the street!"

Haha I should point out that it's a dead street. No cars!  We felt like such little grandmas with our chairs in the road, watching the little ones play.  Such fun.

Thanks for reading about my time in Mexico.  Every day, I'm more and more excited for our move next summer.  I know there will be challenges -- like washing clothes with out a machine, learning to cook and preserve food, taking cold showers daily, and remembering not to flush our toilet paper! -- but I don't care.  The good... no, the God... will outweigh the challenges. 

Of this, I'm confident.

Miss the other Mexico posts?  Go Here  then Here!

Oh, and one more thing! Today is the LAST DAY to enter the Kelly Moore bag giveaway!!  Donate to a great cause and maybe win an amazing camera bag in the process!  Winner will be announced TOMORROW! I can't wait!