It is almost the end of July already. Time is flying. Yet it seems that I should have been here longer, due to how much I have learned and experienced. I am almost to my 6 month mark and know that I will be here past 6 months. It is odd to me to think that I could be leaving now. It seems as thought I just got here. I am just getting started.
The month of June held alot of activity. We finished up with school, which held graduations and ceremonies. They really do things up here. The kindergarden gradution is the biggest. Alfredo was our only one this year and he was to dress up on a tie for the ceremony. They perform traditional dances and the whole family is involved in the child receiving the diploma. It was so much fun! However, we don't have air conditioning...so you can imagine sitting in a room with 100 people when it is 100 degrees outside. HOT! But it was worth it! The other children had ceremonies as well, where they had to dress in traditional Mexican outfits and perform traditional dances. It was all very fun and intersting to watch and to see the kids get excited about it.
We also had the Quinsenera for Sandra, Adriana, and Nati (Lupe's daughter). The day starts with a church cerimony, blessing each girl. There is a huge meal later in the day, then the ceremony started at 9pm. Apparently, that is normal here...and they like to dance all night long! During the ceremony, the girl is presented with heels. This signifies her coming of age. She changes from her flat shoes to her heels and dances the night away. It was exciting to see each girl in their moment to shine.
We also have had alot of groups come through the last few weeks. Some have been here to work and some to just visit. It was fun to meet new people and we are very appreciative of what has been accomplished, but I am ready to not socialize for a while. It was really exhausting. It seems funny to me know to look forward to just hanging out with all the kids. Seemed like alot when I first got here, now I look forward to just the 20 of us being around. :)
We are now preparing for school to start August 20. And there are so many things to do before then. We wanted to get things set up here to school the children, however, the legalistics have not happened and we may have to send them to public school one more year...or at least part of it. I definately underestimated the work it takes to get 17 children ready for school. With proper uniforms, shoes, bookbags and all their supplies....wow.
Now that I am entering my 6th month, I am really settled into my life here. I am realizing that I have, for the most part, given up my single life. I would not trade my life for the world, but I am getting tired. It is more so emotionally, which also effects me physically. There are so many factors that play into this and would take me forever to explain...so I will spare you. But, please keep me in your prayers. I need to be able to refocus and recharge. I need wisdom in how I need to change and boundries I need to set in place to ease things up a bit. I know this is a slump I have hit, but the newness has wore off and I need to regroup. I feel so humbled by how much support I have received from friends and family. I know that I am not alone. Thank you, you will never know how much it has meant to me.