Coming into this journey I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the new experiences and circumstances that I would encounter. But to my surprise my observations were completely opposite. To these families, even though they live in a house made up of scrap materials, they did their best to make it a home. While the family has few possessions, (I realized that I have more stuff in my suitcase than they have in their entire house), they clearly do not think that their happiness comes from what they own – instead, it comes from the love and joy that makes up this family of eight!
While the daily life of providing for their family can be a struggle, it really does seem that all that matters to the families in this area is a relationship with God and with each other. The smiles on everyone’s faces are contagious which causes us to smile back! Today a group of us went and played soccer with a group of kids, and despite the language barrier that we faced, we had an amazing time and made so many new friends. It’s said that Disney World is the happiest place on earth, but from my experience so far, I think that Mexico is!