Blog post by FH blogger Raechel Myers
Photo by Jessica Taylor
I’ve been home from Guatemala now for 48 hours.
I don’t know what I expected.
Maybe I thought I’d have processed things a bit more by now. In some ways I definitely have, but I have a feeling this is something I’ll be unpacking for years to come.
Maybe I expected there to be such an overwhelming response to the stories the team and I shared about our trip that all of the children in Seoguis would be sponsored before our plane touched down in Houston Friday afternoon – that there would be people emailing, asking if they’d missed their chance to invest in this community – wondering what other ways they might be able to help. Several children in Seoguis have been sponsored (thank you!), but fewer than I would have hoped. (I hope high for that village, though, let’s be honest.)
The truth is – it’s really hard to know how to respond to really hard information. It’s hard for me as a writer. And it’s absolutely hard as a reader.
I was talking with another blogger one evening last week, and we remarked how natural and breezy it felt to comment on someone’s, “What I Wore Wednesday” post or a crock pot recipe, but it’s hard to know how to respond when someone’s telling you that children’s brains aren’t developing, because they don’t have the proper nutrition. It’s hard to know what to say – or do.
I feel like I need to stop here. Please hear me when I say that I am not writing to make you feel uncomfortable. So if you feel uncomfy – please do not.
Instead – here is what I really want: I would love to hear from you.
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Raechel Myers is an FH blogger that began blogging at Finding My Feet just a few months after her daughter Evie Grace was stillborn at 32 weeks. Five years later, she still writes about family and faith, but with a degree in Housing and Environmental Design, she also loves to infuse her corner of the internet with fun DIY projects, sewing tutorials, and the occasional half marathon. Raechel is also a co-founder and writer at SheReadsTruth.com. She and her husband Ryan live outside of Nashville with their two children.