Last Monday we headed to the nearby mountains to celebrate the 16th of September.
Mexico's Independence Day.
The kids were out of school and the weather couldn't have been better.
Our community and family gathered...
the kids played in the stream of water that was close by.
We laughed, we just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and each other.
Uncle Dan's culinary skills were put to good use;)
He prepared a wonderful stir-fry for the family to enjoy.
Complete with a fried grasshopper! YUM!
The perfect ingredients...for the PERFECT...stir-fry!
There was lots and lots of watermelon to be eaten...
Some people even tried a little deep fried watermelon...
and it was oddly good!
Some people just rested in the back of a truck... after all, being a teenager is exhausting!
Other people just enjoyed having their feet in the dirt...
something they hadn't done in two years!
Little did we know, that another family who were also enjoying the day,
along another river, not too far away,was facing a very very sad moment.
Brothers who were doing what they loved, became brothers fighting to save a
struggling brother who they loved with all their heart. What began as a beautiful day ended in tragedy. A very dear family in our community lost a son in a drowning accident.
It has left our communities heartbroken. Today we celebrated this special young man's life.
His family has been the greatest example of faith and strength.
It has been a growing experience for all of us.
It has been a great reminder of what is truly important.