Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Family Visits

Mynor and I visited 3 more families this morning. Each visit is so moving it’s impossible to put my emotions into words. Most of the parents speak only Tzutujil, a Maya dialect, so Mynor translates from my Spanish to their Tzutujil and back. The kids are fluent in both and study English in school.

The homes are incredibly humble; most wouldn’t even be considered houses in the United States. The families are all very proud of their kids and very grateful for the support. They were all very welcoming, though you can't always tell from the photos. Some offered me bread and coffee which is rich and very sweet. Several offered me bananas and it was hard to refuse so I took a few and shared them with my host family. Photos below - HAPPY TRAILS!

With Josefa and her parents; Josefa is sponsored by Carrol and Judy White and their kids and grandkids.

Sharing photos with Josefa (in orange) and her sister

Juan Carlos' family; Juan Carlos is sponsored by Sharon and Gary Brink, our daughter Mariah's in-laws.

Sharing photos

Looking at Juan Carlos' good grade report

Cute grandma!

A serious photo of Rosa's family; Rosa is sponsored by John and Mandi Coats and their boys.

Someone cracked a joke - love the smiles!

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