Monday, July 2, 2012

One Year Closer To My Death

Yesterday I turned 25 years old. A quarter of a century. One of my kids jokingly said to me, "congratulations! You are one year closer to your death!" From beginning to end my Birthday was filled with only love things. Beginning with flowers and a french toast breakfast, followed by a beautiful card, our student music group singing to me, and ending with my face in a cake and giving away the majority of my clothing to my girls. 

Due to the elections here in Mexico there were some extra security precautions taken and I was not able to leave the NPH grounds for my Birthday. I was afraid that my Birthday would be a bit disappointing due to my complete lack of freedom but I was wrong. My Birthday was totally amazing and I am so thankful for my NPH family. 

The Museum of Memory and Tolerance

Recently I assisted in organizing a day trip for our high school girls to The Museum of Memory and Tolerance. Throughout this past year a main goal of mine is to give the youth of NPH a small view of the outside world to help them begin to see how many opportunities they have because of this organization. It is true that many of our children have had extremely difficult histories and I do not mean to say that they have an easy life. In all honesty, life at NPH is a difficult one in that a lot is expected of these kids. They are expected to do chores, respect others, go to church and work hard in school. These kids are challenged and given opportunities that they might not have had otherwise and I believe that as teenagers, these are things they should begin to realize and be thankful for.  

This museum mainly focused on various genocides in our worlds history and presently. Through art, artifacts and many multimedia outlets this museum discussed the importance of respecting others through tolerance and learning about new cultures and people with an open mind. Our girls were extremely respectful and seemed very interested in the topics presented. I hope they got as much out of the experience as I did and I am so very thankful we were given this opportunity to see such an amazing museum. This trip was made possible thanks to the generous donation of a very active donor in Arizona and we are so very thankful for her kindness. 

As my dear friend and ex-volunteer Whitney once said, "We all have something to give whether it is our time or our money" I hope that our children of NPH grow up learning the importance of giving. 

Paint Twister with the Medianas

About a week ago I was luck enough to spend the day with some of the cutest girls in all of NPH. The Medianas. The medianas are a section of girls who range in age from 7-10. For the past year my dear volunteer friend Becca, has had the privilege of taking care of these amazing young girls.  I know this past year has been filled with so much joy for Becca and I am positive that 99% of that was due to these lovely girls. (I like the think the other 1% was all me) Anyway. Approximately a week ago I spent the day with the girls, and these pictures are the result of a lot of love and a lot of paint.