Monday, September 20, 2010

Guatemala Flashback

I looooooove this dress.  It's made out of a soft gunnysack material.  Picked it up at a fancy street vendor in Guatemala.  "Fancy" being the kind that actually has walls and roof.  It's a purchasing memory that I will forever share with my friend Courtney.

No matter what, this dress must be worn with a wide belt, Jade earrings, and minimum 4" heels.  Don't ask me why.  That's just how it is.

Dress:  Street Vendor - Atitlan, Guatemala
Earrings:  Jade Factory - Antiqua, Guatemala
Belt:  Target
Shoes:  Madden Girl via

Now that you've been acquainted with this dress, what better opportunity for me to share a little bit about my time in Guatemala, huh?

It's been over two years now (July 2008) since I went on my first (hopefully not last) missions trip to Guatemala.  It was a wonderful experience.  My youth pastor's wife has family there that have been missionaries for over 20 years.  They know the language, the terrain, the people, and have all sorts of connections.  With their leadership and expertise, it was hardly a typical missions trip  - more like a vacation with a little service work thrown in.

They stationed us at an orphanage near Guatemala City.  Most of the children there have special needs - physically and/or mentally, but nothing (but maybe a little shyness at times) prevented them from welcoming us into their home:  visitors = playmates.

We weren't there so much for the kids as we were to work on the grounds.  We pulled weeds, scraped walls, painted, cleaned, ect.  Everybody worked hard.  We bonded.

When we weren't at the orphanage, we were exploring.  We spent a couple of days in beautiful Atitlan - shopping and zip-lining!  We saw some Mayan Ruins and visited a Jade factory in Antiqua.  Yes, I bought a few things throughout the trip.  Ok, maybe more than just a few the end of the trip, I was an expert be expected.

We also experienced not-so-beautiful places - like the Guatemala City dump and neighboring graveyard.   Where the stench of death and reality slaps you in the face.

We also visited a local church congregation and really got to experience the culture.  They're beautiful people with such giving hearts.  I couldn't have imagined a better trip or group of people to share it with. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity. 


Melissa said...

First, that dress is fantastic on you! You look beautiful. I like the length of the skirt, it's not too short, right at the top of the knees.

Second, what an awesome trip! It looks and sounds amazing. My husband and I went on a missions trip to Pattaya, Thailand several years ago and it was an unforgettable experience.

eek said...

Wow, looks like a great trip!

Amazing dress - I love the pattern :)

Rebecca said...

That dress is adorable, and it looks like you had a fantastic trip.

Anonymous said...

I adore that dress, and it's absolutely perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall. Amazing transitional piece.

And I want to come babysit Miles!!

Girly Muse said...

The dress is SO cute! And it was so fun to see your pics of Guatemala~ I haven't seen all of those and it's fun to get a fuller look at your trip.

Sarah said...

Wow I absolutely love this dress, and it's even cooler that it's from Guatemala and has such great memory behind it. It's awesome that you were able to help others and give of your time!

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous dress and that belt is so perfect with it!

Iris said...

That sounds like such an amazing experience! I'm happy that you got to partake in that :)

The dress is beautiful!