Ever since arriving in Guatemala just six days ago the one thing that keeps running through my mind is just how much I have always taken for granted. And even though I often remind myself of my blessings it seems that the next time I turn around I once again forget... and my mind races off to the next thing on my to do list or the next 'need' we had.
But living here makes me realize more than ever just how blessed we are. As I look around me, I see the evidence of just how hard life is for some. We are finding out that it is actually more expensive to live here than in America- which makes me wonder how many of these people survive. The gas prices are over $4.00 a gallon here and the groceries at the grocery stores are higher as well. And so for our family it is more economical to shop in the market- which is a whole new experience in itself.
It used to be nothing for me to hop in our car (here we do not own one yet) drive down our relatively smooth road (they are anything but here) and head to the grocery store where I would fill our cart full of things we 'needed' (here we get what we can carry). I remember grumbling about the smallest things because I had come to expect things to be done a certain way and be done right...
Oh how the Lord is teaching me.
It's a whole new way of life here... and we are taking it one day at a time, learning our way... as we begin to fall in love with the beautiful country of Guatemala.