So last post before we leave and as usual I have waited until the last minute to get it done, but my bags are packed and I am just waiting for my ride to show up to take me the airport. About the title, according to Zinzan damn is not a curse word in South Africa and coincidentally it also kind of sums up some of my thoughts. The other words that might also share my feelings are HOLY CRAP. We are about to leave on the trip of our lives and I know that we are all ready for it.

I am ready to see the “honkeys” Saturday and to spend a lot of time with this great bunch of people who I am proud to be able to call friends. It seems that everyone I talk to wants pictures and Dr. Blaser wants us to bring back a plant. I am not sure how that is going to work. I hate writing these things mostly because only about a quarter of the things that I want to write actually make it onto the computer.

The trip is going to be a blast but still not as fun without Zinzan, we are all going to have to get together when we get back and watch a movie or go somewhere to eat.



The countdown is finally over!

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go to Honduras with you all! This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m so glad I get to share it with each and every one of you! I cannot wait to be in Honduras!!

p.s. I’m so upset you can’t come with us Zinzan! I’ll miss you very much!




I am just all over the place this morning!! So so ready! Counting down the minutes till we board the plane to Houston!! Can y’all believe we will be in Honduras tomorrow???! Oh my goodness. I am thrilled.

I am so disappointed and sad that Zinzan cannot come with us anymore. He brought great and hilarious qualities to our group. We still keep him in spirit for sure. He is such a big part of our team and will remain that way.

On to last minute packing!! Ready to be changed! I hope Honduras rips my heart out!!:)


Ahhhh! :D

The adventure begins tomorrow! Unfortunately we have to fly to Houston and stay there for one night, but Friday morning we leave for Honduras. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to get more than an hour of sleep in Houston because I will be so ridiculously pumped up for Honduras. I’m so excited and anxious about this new amazing experience. The only thing missing on this trip is going to be Zinzan. I wish he had been able to get an updated visa to go with us. His humor would have been such a relief during the emotionally tough times on the trip. Just because he may not be with us in person, he will definitely be there with us in spirit. Plus we will have Zinzan-on-a-stick and Hope’s lovely voice-0ver to talk in place of him! I don’t expect this trip to give me all the answers to life, but I hope it helps shape me into a better person. I feel like I’m going to find myself during this readership journey!! My excitement has built to the point where I can’t even express myself in actual words. I just make strange noises and jump around with an awkward smile on my face. SO READY TO DO THIS! WOOOOOOO! YEAH YEAHHH!

Erica! :]


WOW. In less than 24 hours our journey begins!! It is almost midnight and I can already tell I will not catch much sleep tonight! I have been packing for about 2 hours now, and I keep double checking to make sure I have everything. Every time I do, I am adding something I left out! No worries, I’m sure I can put it all together! So my feelings are getting a little crazy on me;  I am not sure what I feel. I feel nervous, excited, and so anxious to get to Honduras already. Time just flew on by us and we are already here!! I am still thankful to this day for this great privilege as a student to be able to travel with such awesome leaders and such awesome students from WT. All of you mean so much to me and to be a part of this is just crazy.  Zinzan, I am sad you are not able to go with us on this trip, but we will have you in our thoughts…and GO LAKERS!! I decided to write in my journal tonight, although we have not boarded the plane yet, I feel like this adventure has already begun. Earlier, I had done some last minute shopping and there was so much I wanted to buy for the kids. Kids Kids Kids is what has been on my mind about this trip. I cannot wait to talk to them, get to know them, and be a part of their lives for 3 days. So ready, we are finally headed to Honduras. I have family and friends back at home that are excited for us and have been praying for us!! I know God is going to lead us and be with us throughout this entire journey.

-Clara Saenz

Can’t Wait….

I can’t believe the time has actually come!  The nerves are really starting to set in.  I just don’t know what to expect.  I know it is going to be great.  I know I’m probably being crazy, but I have checked to make sure I have everything a hundred times.  I can’t help but tell everyone I talk to about our trip.  I feel so blessed that I have gotten this opportunity.  I feel so bad that Zinzan isn’t going to be able to make the trip. It just will not be the same without you.  For whatever reason God has this plan for you and the rest of our group.

Hope everyone gets a good nights sleep.  Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow.  Lets make the most of every moment!


Less than 24 hours…!

We will be leaving in less than 24 hours! Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! I cannot function at the moment. I am so excited!
But today, bitter news came today during class though, Zinzan isn’t able to go with us.. major bummer. The whole family isn’t able to go. Trent and myself just thought of the idea instead of coming home from Honduras we would make a detour to South Africa, grab all his paper work and come to the states. Just like Kendra says “be flexible”. I feel that that plan would be adequate.
Regardless of that fact, Zinzan will still be with us in our thoughts, since of course he is family. I, however, hate packing. I am the worst at postponing packing. Like right now, I should be packing but instead I am writing my blog while all my stuff is scattered around my dorm room. No big deal, right?

I cannot put into words how I am feeling right now, the only thing that would come close to really describing how excited and anxious I am is this… klfhklsjdhflk;dsjfkldsjfkldsjfk;ldsjf;dskl!!!!!!
If you cannot read keyboard scramble language very well. ^ that simply means I am super excited!
My mom and dad and Cooper are seeing me off tomorrow. I know for a fact many tears will be shed from all of us. I am ready for this experience. I am ready for this moment to truly experience a new life and a new way of thinking. I am going into this as open minded as I can be. I will be journaling everyday.. every night… maybe even multiple times, just because I don’t want to forget anything. I will take so many pictures.

I am just ready!