Faith, Hope and Love in La Cruz

By the time you read this Christmas will be a memory, and celebrations for New Year’s Eve will be in full swing. This time of year has me reminiscing of all things beautiful and those not so. I don’t set goals anymore, more like intentions. Focusing on what I desire, how I’d like to BE in the world and what I’m willing to let go of, inspires me. 

I’ve been eager to write about a lovely lady in our town but as I need someone to help translate it keeps getting put on the backburner. Doña Mari turns 99 soon – on July 22nd, 2019, as she told my hubby, so I better get to it. I don’t know her story and I hope to get more info later. What occurred to me in setting my intentions for 2019 is that so much of how Doña Mari affects our world is who and what I want more of in my life. 

Faith… Doña Mari seems to have a certain faith, every day collecting tin cans, enough to feed her family, trusting there’s always enough. 

Hope… I’m surmising she must have hope that there will be enough each day as she returns to the marina property and the streets of La Cruz collecting more each day. 

AND the most important is LOVE… the love of our community for Doña Mari; from the guys who provided her with her cart, and Leon who customized it by painting her name on it, to all those who slip pesos to her, to the many folks around town who keep the cans specifically for Doña Mari and for the gentle people who help her over a curb or up a hill. Love always multiplies, as her beautiful smile exudes love and appreciation for all of the above. 

Each time I speak with her she ends our conversation with “Que Dios la Bendiga” which translates to “May God Bless You”. This wells me up, whatever one might believe it’s a lovely sentiment. I’m filled with appreciation that indeed God has blessed me. 

Ending a year of challenges and many blessings I’m filled with gratitude for those who serve me so greatly in La Cruz. From the business people who help make it easier for me to serve my guests; specifically restaurants and bars to the vendors of all kinds… and the musicians… wow! Daily my guests tell me how this enhances their vacation and is why they return. One guest recently reiterated a sentiment I hear often “I’m amazed by the variety of great music and restaurants in such a small town… we’re coming back!” 

 Appreciating and giving thanks is appropriate and necessary for me at this time of year. To all who have made my life better, taught me a lesson, volunteered in our community, donated to causes, brought items for those less fortunate, called, emailed or otherwise reached out to me when they suspected I needed it… and for all those who give to Doña Mari. May 2019 bring you blessings beyond your wildest imagination. May the world experience true peace. May love be the energy we feel in all interactions. I have Faith of this.  I Hope you achieve your goals and/or intentions. I LOVE you for reading my column. I appreciate Madeline for allowing me the opportunity and I shall continue to share about the wonderful people of La Cruz with you. 

 Que Dios la Bendiga 

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via