Merry Christmas to our friends in Canada, the US and Mexico. Where is that cherished personalized Christmas card with the cute family photos you ask?
Full confession. It’s December 15. There is a very low probability of me pulling off a handwritten card this year. Who am I kidding, I haven’t handwritten Christmas cards in ages. Oh, and I have an even better excuse, which I now use for all things requiring explanation; we are practicing for our move to Mexico, the land of highly efficient and prompt service. Your card will arrive mañana.
The transition from the white icy Land of the Snow to the hot humid Land of the Sun is in full gear. By this time next year I expect to be slightly less pale and slightly more fluent. Which will not be hard given today’s condition. The kids on the other hand will be opening their Spanish tutoring school and will be running a small popsicle stand, hopefully with paychecks.
For those of you who haven’t already heard our news through the grapevine, the web or the police blotter, Kary and I have come to the realization that now would be the right time to shift gears and to take a few years to work in a new field. Last year we were introduced to a grassroots non-profit called C-Quest, a small group of Calgarians establishing roots in the Yucatan (the safest state in Mexico) and hosting short term missions and aid teams to help people in need. We did our due diligence (you know Kary) and the rest is history. They say life is short and that we don’t know how much time we have. By the end of our scouting trip to the Merida/Progreso area, we decided to go all in. So long oil and gas jobs, hello mission field. My grandfather would have said “OLE!” after that part. He said ole in many French speaking venues which was really funny.
In a nutshell, we are partnering with local Mexican organizations to compassionately meet people in their area of greatest need. We are asking teams to come down to help us with a number of projects ranging from mini-home makeovers, building a youth drop in center, leading programs, and generally putting smiles on kids’ faces. The Yucatan suffers from the highest rate of teen suicide in the country. We do not begin to understand the complexity of such a tragic statistic, but suffice to say, we feel called to do something about it if we can. If this kind of experience is tugging at your heart, you can come too. So can your kids, grandkids, co-workers, sisters and brothers. Any kind of support (time, financial, door opening, services in kind, attending a fundraiser) will be graciously accepted. It is often said that the mistake that charities so often make is not asking for help, so I’ll put it out there for you to consider.
In the meantime, we hope you will accept our offer to stay in touch through our blog and the C-Quest website and newsletter. Rachel, Ryan and Jacqueline will be regular contributors and would love to have as many blogpals as they can. The popsicle stand will be open for business whenever you are in the neighborhood and as they say in Mexico, mi casa es su casa so please come for a visit. It might just change your life too.
Que Dios los bendiga a mis amigos y feliz navidad de Canadá.
Darcy & Kary