Our family trip to Mexico this year was impactful in so many ways. I always find it extremely difficult to put into words what I experience on trips like these. There is so much connection, emotion, giving, receiving, love and gratitude experienced between my family and complete strangers. The experience is one that is felt and not one that can really be explained. Rich is the only word I have.
We visited several orphanages, a Girl's Home (offering rehab for young single moms with babies) and a community living in a landfill. We gave what each of us could...I offer my hands and Gonstead Chiropractic to help heal hurting and broken bodies, my boys play games and spend time with the kids, my husband plays with the children and helps with meals. Together, we are a great team and this experience we have as a family is unifying, as you can imagine.
Over the course of 4 days, I worked on around 100 people needing chiropractic care, most of whom had been suffering with dysfunction for many many years. My most favorite memory of our trip was the Girl's Rehab Home...it was heart-breaking, to say the least. Those girls have come from some really hard places and many from the streets. Their bodies are so beaten down and broken...like nothing I have ever worked on before. Hours and hours passed by and I found myself with so much work to still be done and more girls patiently waiting their turn. Healing and restoration took place before my eyes; tears and hugs were shared and with huge gratitude and appreciation in their hearts for the healing touch on their bodies.
So... I never imagined I'd find myself working on a Chihuahua (in a crocheted sweater)....but as you can see, this one needed some serious love. The girls at one of the Orphanages brought him to me. His entire back-end was run over by a car and he could not use his entire lower body. I do not know if I did anything substantial to help with his functional ability (I missed the "Gonstead for Chihuahuas" class in school), but as you can see, he was appreciating the attention to his little broken body!
"It is more blessed to give than to receive,"
is a completely true statement.
Thank you, again, for your continued love and support and your genuine interest in hearing about these trips.
In Love and Health,