Come with us as we return to South America this summer to volunteer at La Casa De Fe, a home for abandoned and special needs children in Shell, Ecuador.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~Mathew 19:14

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

En la Playa (At the Beach)

by sara

Monday night we arrived home after 4 fun filled and sandy days at the beach and 20 hours round trip on a bus. We were/are exhausted, and so happy to have a hot shower, but we were really glad that we got a chance to be a part of the trip with the kids.

While we were at the beach each child was paired with one adult. Erin had eight year-old Alondra, and I had twelve year-old Abigail. It was a special treat to get to spend so much time one-on-one with our girls and get to spoil them a little along the way.

Since my camera does not play well with sand and water we did not take many pictures while we were playing on the beach, but here are a few photos of our time en la playa (Some of photos were taken by Abigail a budding photographer).

Me and Abigail

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Erin and Alondra

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Joel and Gilmar

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Our room at the beach house (8 people in 5 beds)

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Alondra and Abi on the bunks

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Nicole and Ruby in their beach wraps (I bought the cloth in Kenya a few years ago. The kids loved wearing them!)

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Ready for the beach! Rubi, Alondra and Nicole.

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Nicole loved cleaning…. and wearing Miss Erin’s shoes.         

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Greis eating dinner

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Beach Hair!

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Little Dubi (pink) led the group in a song.

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We had a birthday party complete with piƱatas!

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Ana and Edison with their loot.

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Hunting for Crabs - A favorite pastime.

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Maria was one of the best at catching the crabs. She did not even mind when they pinched her.

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Nicole and Rubi almost ready for swim time

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Bonfire and s’mores on the beach

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Abi eating her very first s’more

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Alondra and Erin getting ready to toast their marshmallows.

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Two very happy girls

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Three little monkeys….

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…and then there were four.

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Alondra and Erin were laughing so hard

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Abi making her propeller rocket

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Abi and I waiting for the rocket races to start.

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We played hard and when it was time to head home we spent a lot of time passed out on the bus

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  1. What fun! I,m sure the girls enjoyed all that love and attention. Isn't it great how when we serve others God blesses us too? Love you guys, M :0)

  2. Nothin like playing hard and loving Jesus harder!

    Great pics.


  3. Love it! How wonderful for the children to get such an adventure. Keep shining Jesus on their little hearts. :)

  4. Such fun! I love them, and I don't even know them.