The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Anniversary, Blogaversary, or How did we get HERE???

It's has been 4 years and 3 days since we've lived in the United States of America.

Hmmmm.....................You would think that I would have remembered that. And maybe thrown a party.

I didn't. September 2, 2005 we drove out of our church's parking lot and started out on the drive to get to Madera, Mexico, our first international destination on this road trip of life.

It was monumental

and I hardly remember it. :) I wonder why? I think that some years anniversaries are BIG things. Some years they SHOULD be big things. Other years? Well, this year it's more of a looking at the tapestry fabric that is our life and seeing that pretty gold thread weaving back and forth; in and out; up and down. It does stand out - but it blends in and accents too. It just is. I'm okay with that... this year.

We've had a few bumps in the road. Changes of destination, changes of purpose, and boy howdy, have we had some changes in perspective. Change is a good thing right? Good golly, I hope so because we do it a lot.

For the blog we're going to start a little thing called Looking Back, not to wallow in the past, but to give our current readers an idea of where we've been, how we got there, and how that's made us US today, because we are not the same people anymore.

I hope we're improving.

I'll post some of our first 'blog' posts with some 'today' perspective also known as my commentary on the vague recollections I have of those days. :) I wish I could just link you to them but due to various crashes, server switches and my current 'up with the times-ness' (don't laugh at me) verses the past, 'I-have-no-idea-what-this-internet-world-of-blogging-is' abilities, I will have to baby this along.

Before we start all that though....I am issuing a disclaimer for this blog. A few in fact. This is not my original idea but I'm adapting it to hopefully give you some ideas for how to read this - us.

1. Knowing Us. - If you only know us from HERE - you may think that all we do is drink large amounts of coffee, complain about the lack of grocery options, throw some humanitarian work in for good measure, and spend our days looking for creatures for our children to dissect in order to give grandparents quasi heart attacks. As much as we would love to be able to - we can't communicate the essence of our lives here. We do our best, but words and pictures only go so far.

2. This blog cannot express true reality. This is a hard and cold fact. There is only so much I can talk about in a public arena. Some things just can't be expressed. Or they've been expressed in the past and writing about it AGAIN would be boring. For example - I thought I communicated something. Why is this person back here asking the same questions? Or why are we having the same issues? I thought I asked for X, why am I getting Y? And who is Z? Why am I still battling the expectation monster? And yes, we're having to leave the country again...

Are you bored yet?

See - I told you.

2. Post Popularity - the posts that get the most comments are never the ones I think are the best. And my husband jokes all the time that HIS posts don't get any comments. This is slightly true....

3. Kids. We have three -and we like to show them off. Some of the good and some of the bad.

4. Balance. We don't always have this. Our work runs in bits and spurts here. (Have I mentioned that the biggest thing I've learned in our time 'on the field' is to be flexible???) So - sometimes the blog will be family/home/homeschooling/grocery shopping heavy, sometimes it is work project heavy. Maybe if you start commenting more on Alan's work posts he'll feel encouraged to post more. Yes, that was a hint.

6. Guilt over the blog - I am chucking this sentiment big time. My writing isn't perfect. Our blog isn't as fancy as some out there. Our pictures aren't as pretty, sharp, or brightly colored. Our layout is frustrating. The slideshow STILL loads up backwards and as I feel that I have more important things to do that fight with flickr for the ENTIRE. DAY. every. time. we. try. and. upload. pictures., I just let it be backwards. You'll still love me right?

5. Thankful - This I am.
Thankful for the technology to keep in touch with the 'outside world'.
Thankful for the ability to use words and pictures to share the pieces we can.
Thankful for those of you that read and comment.
Thankful for the friends and community that the internet has given to us.

I tend to resist relationships that are only two dimensional as I feel that it's too easy to have no accountability yet at the same time I am SO GRATEFUL because this is the only way we are able to continue relationship with some of you for the time being. Plus, the friends, blessings and opportunities we've gained through it? I won't ever discount that.

So - if you're still interesting in getting to know us in this two dimensional option and listen to us only communicate what we can of things in, around, and through our living as we do, we're happy to have you along for the ride.

(Would you post a comment and remind me who you are and where we know you from because my brain leaks out information in due relation to the amount of Spanish I have to retain and not butcher each day. It will give me a good starting point.)



Laura said...

Just found you through Grateful for Grace :). We are preparing for the mission field, specifically orphan ministry. Honduras and Guatemala are the places the Lord has narrowed down for us :). Long, long story.

It is fun to read your current writing and 'life' stuff. I haven't had an opportunity to read anything in the past. Maybe I'll take the time to do that very soon...


Missus Wookie said...

I found you through the island. Alan's posts get talked about here... but then I'm married to an engineering Wookie who'd love to have enough space to do a bit of welding!

Missus Wookie said...

I found you on the island. Alan's posts get talked about here but then I'm married to an engineering Wookie who'd love to have room to do a spot of welding.

TexasHeather said...

I think it will be wonderful to get to know who you were 'before'. I didn't start hanging out on "the island" until we went international, about 2 yrs ago, so I only really "met" you not too long before you were leaving for your current location. I'm excited to read about the past, see how far you've come, and in general I love your blog.

About the comments, same thing happens to me. I just roll with it and try not to care.

And in case your memory needs jogging, you know me/I know you from the SL forums and you read my blog :) Which I'm really, really happy about.

Olancho Bound Gringa said...

I so enjoying reading your blog, your everyday glimpes into life in Honduras. My husband is from Olancho Honduras, I am planning a trip out there in the early part of 2010 & we'll all be going for an undetermined amount of time by the end of 2010. We've been slowly building a house in Olancho, near Catacamas for some time now. My hubby's family lives in that area. Every time I go grocery shopping, I think of the post you wrote about having to bring your own bags, walk up the hill, etc. etc. I never again will complain about not being able to find a close parking spot! My oldest son, loves seeing the pics of your son & the animals he comes across. So, please keep up the good work, we enjoy it!

The Hayes Zoo said...

You guys are so funny!

I should've said that my SL sisters I remember and know VERY well. :) Especially those of you who are on my bloglines. There's just a few others that are following (now, what is that again???) and comment that I am sad to say, I. don't. remember. :)

Laura - I LOVE long stories. :) Welcome to the world of the new mind-bending 'normal'.

Angela - maybe we'd get to meet in PERSON!!! :)

Jamie Jo said...

You are certainly loved, my dear. I am way behind on all the blogs here, but I do eventually read all of yours. I seldom comment. I should. Poor Alan. Haha. I like your idea of the then-and-now type posts.

Live Simply Love Strongly said...

I found your blog through some of the other Honduras blogs. My husband is Central American (raised in El Salvador and Honduras), and we have one daughter. We will probably move to Honduras within 5-8 years. I love to hear about daily life, strange/interesting occurances, your kids, etc. I enjoy hearing about your outreach projects too. Keep up the good work and good blogging! Happy Anniversary!