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I felt my lungs Inflate with the onrush of scenery---air, mountains, trees, people.  I thought, "THIS IS WHAT IS to be happy." Sylvia Plath

This is what Kayenta meant to me...


A rainbow breaks out on our last night at the "ranch"... We all stopped and took it in.  It was a very moving moment...almost like the spirits were giving us their blessings on a job well done.  As we stood there and watched, the rainbow grew...another sign for a safe journey home.  It was a lot of hard work, hot and humid but the fullness of it all came full circle with that rainbow.  A sign perhaps, that we will return again.  The need is always there, for our Navajo friends and for ourselves.

I would also like to thank so many special people for contributing to my trip there.  Such generous and kind and heartfelt contributions from you.  Although we have not meet in person (yet), your generosity is stored in my heart with all the other memories from this trip.  You know who you are and your the good that comes from this social media... Thank you so much.  I hope you can see from my photo's the work that you shared in...

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Reader Comments (8)

What a wonderful and rewarding adventure this must have been, Cheryl!
Thank you for sharing with us.

September 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Gordon

Thank you was really heartwarming...

September 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl c.

The colors in your photos are just ncredible! It looks like it was a very personally rewarding trip for you as much as it was for them!

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

These truly tell a story of your time there, and how everyone on the mission trip helped the Navajo people, but it also shows some real life that most never see in the city. Love the one of you holding the baby, and the animal skins hanging in the background. The rainbow story is the icing on the cake. So happy you shared your huge adventure.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

What beautiful and meaningful photos! A picture truly IS worth a thousand words!
Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful work you do there. I have no doubt that rainbow was a definite sign from the spirits as a thank you and a job well done.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerri DuLong

Really nice documentation of your trip to this part of AZ. It really does look desolate in the landscape. Oh that outhouse is a not so great memory for me. When I was a young child I remember going to my great aunts house and that was the method of potty for them on the farm. I remember having to go out there to go potty, oh I held it for as long as I could so I wouldn't have to go there.

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst

Thank you all for your kind words and visit...Kayenta is a "forever" place in my heart, as are the Navajo friends I have made there...They are inspiring people. I learned so much about them about never giving up, family is most important, sharing the land with the animals...and about the Great Spirit that we all have in our own ways...they are beautiful and loving and inviting...I hope to visit again in the future...perhaps, just as a friend.

Beverly the skins behind me and the baby are sacred. We all knew not to touch them along with a few other items that are used in their ceremonies...I love there traditions...thanks for visiting and noticing..

September 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Seems the Navajo people have their priorities straight, perseverance, love, family. Seems we could all learn a lot from them. A wonderful experience and what great help you provided to these people. I am sure they treasure your friendship and I do hope you get to go back and visit.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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