Seems like ages since I’ve had a chance to sit down and write a new post…I guess it has been as I see over 3 full months have passed since our last update…oops 🙂
As I sit here with my afternoon coffee, dishes done, floor clean, baby sleeping next to me…and think back on all that has happened the past few months, I am overwhelmed with God’s goodness and favor upon my little family.
So much has happened since our last post…I finished off my season as team contact with 2 big events that went extremely well: our big Thanksgiving weekend where we built 9 houses over 5 days, and our big Defender celebration of having built 200 homes together. Walter kept busy as well with building, prepping for house builds, and being part of the team that chooses the families. Things haven’t changed too much for him as far as work goes. I also got to be a part of my last house build for probably the next year until Oliver can go out with us!
(Yes, my eyes are closed in the pic…bummer)
All setup for Defender’s celebration!
Mid-December we were blessed to have my Mom and sister come stay with us and wait for baby’s arrival. And January brought visits of my other sisters, brother and his wife. My family were able to go out with Walter and experience a build with him…some of them got to go twice…I was so happy for that! Finally they got to know such an important part of what we do here. They loved it!
Walter and Julio finishing up day 1 of build with my brother
Collage of memories from my brother and sisters experience with Walter
It was such a great help to have family here at the beginning and be with me for the transition into being a mom 🙂 I got spoiled with daily coffee’s or chai’s and yummy bakery treats (just what I needed to help get rid of baby weight, haha) and never having to do anything but spend time loving on baby and others. After a month my family left and I have come to know what it’s like to be a full-time mom who still has to take care of things around the house, cook, etc…
Oliver right after he was born…December 26th, 2013 🙂
New Years Day- 6 days old
Walter still continues with Homes of Hope family selection and building…builds were slow in January and February, and Walter only built 3 between the 2 months. But that gave him and the others more time to focus on the families that have applied for homes. I was going to go back to team contact this month, but we are praying about doing the Community Development School in Tijuana this April and it wouldn’t make sense for me to do my job for 6 weeks and have to find someone to fill in again. So, my replacement will just continue on until after we have completed the 3 month school. That has left me with not a lot to do outside of the house. But that’s alright 🙂 Little Oliver definitely keeps me plenty busy most days!
Happy Baby Faces
My little man ❤ January 28th, 2014
January 8th, 2013- 13 days old
Praise Report:God provided all the funds for the baby’s birth way in advance which was such a blessing to not have to think about! We were also able to buy a car! Yay! It took a long time for us to get it, but God provided the perfect car for us at such a great price! This past weekend, two families who were a part of Walter’s build pledged to pay for the first step in getting Walter’s I-130 petition filed for his green card and the baby’s registration with the States to get his American passport!! God is so good!
*Like I said, we are praying about taking a school in Tijuana. This school will be taught at the Tijuana base April-June. We will be able to do the school as a couple (if I need to skip out on things because of baby, Walter will be there for the both of us…we’ll do our projects together, etc), and that will be so nice! I’ve always wanted to do the school and now Walter would like to as well because of his area of work and future plans; it will be a great help to us. We will still have to rent our apartment in Ensenada and pay all bills, but won’t have to pay for housing in TJ- just the school fee for staff which will be $2,000 for the both of us.
*Oliver’s passport and Walter’s visa: It is finally time to start the process for Walter’s green card! First we need to register Oliver in the US and get him is American passport, then we can start the green card process. That is also going to require extra funds! Like I said, we have been pledged the amount for the first step…but as Walter’s process moves forward, it will require more.
We plan to take some time here in the near future (God willing!) to live in the States, where we can be with my family (as Walter hasn’t met any extended family of mine), and visit friends and supporters we’ve made during our time here in Ensenada! Walter is interested in going to school for architecture or construction…and we feel that opportunities will be way better for him in the States! So if anyone has job opportunities or connections with universities, and want us close, let us know! 🙂 We are still open as to where God will take us, but of course, Walter hopes it will be close to the ocean!
*Direction as to whether or not we should go to TJ for 3 months to do the school
*Funds for school
*Favor with the Immigration offices
*Doors to open in the States for our near future
*Our work here with YWAM
THANK YOU to each and every one of you who supported us, and continue to do so, through your prayers and financial gifts! You have helped us get to where we are now! Because of you, all of this was possible for us! We can’t thank God enough for bringing you into our lives 🙂 And a big thanks to all of you who sent baby gifts..they were/are very much appreciated!
God bless you! Please come back soon, or visit if you’ve never been 😉
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Walter and Kelsey Meza c/o YWAM San Diego/Baja 100 W 35th St, Suite R National City, CA 91950