For three years, I have devoted a week to a village in Guatemala that has truly become a second home. The people, families, and even pets there are constantly on my heart, and thus, a part of my art. Helping build houses for the families in Chontala was only the beginning of a lifelong relationship greater than I could have ever imagined between this community and I.
This little girl's name is Norma. Her family of eight was the first house that I helped with in the village. We started the foundation of their home, and each child in that family had my heart before the concrete could even dry!
Her mother, Mikaila has welcomed me with open arms into their now finished home year after year, and never misses a chance to remind me that we are family. This family deserves the world, but has so little, and even still continuously offers me so much. They love so selflessly, I find it hard to believe that I'm giving them anymore than they give me. These hugs could last a lifetime!