It was another hot one today with temperatures similar to yesterday. Everyone was moving a little bit slower this morning and the muscles took longer to warm up. We had all eaten a good breakfast including plenty of fruit and the peanut butter is not really being used because we’re all eating the Honduran food. If our blog seems a bit silly today, it’s because the heat and lack of electricity and water is starting to get to us. However, we’re all lucky to get a shower today- trust us when we say this is a big deal.
We headed back to Vallecillo for another day of hard trench digging, but not quite as hard as yesterday, except for one sport. Victor gave everyone a hug as we got off the bus and once again thanked everyone in the group for helping his village. Today we had another mass with the village, and we were all entertained by the little boy who decided to go under the altar where Father was saying mass. We deviated from our normal path, thanks to Carolyn, and took a much more serpent type route home. The girls were unhappy with Brittney when she asked Carlos to go faster down the curvy road, but we obviously made it home just fine.
When we returned the girls headed for the Salon to pack up the last of the bags for the villagers and the guys headed over to the other house to lay cement. The guys were very impressed with themselves when they were able to create a perfect “cement volcano.” They were considering opening their own construction company- don’t worry, we encouraged college first. We finished this project and everyone was able to come home and shower and enjoy another great meal prepared by Tacha, Sylvia, and Noelia. At the end of the meal, our luck ran out and the electricity went out for the night, but we still got to shower! (Again, can you tell this is a big deal for us?) Thanks to Jeff, our drawing for this group is now complete.
Tomorrow, for the first time in their lives, the guys are excited to go shopping in the Valley of the Angels. We have an earlier wake up time tomorrow morning and by the looks of this blog I think you can tell we need our sleep so we’re ending it now! Goodnight!
Jeff Adams: Dear John, Happy Birthday! Luv ya, Boog
Linda Reichle: Hello to all my family and friends back home. I am doing great and loving all the Hondurans and all they have to share with us. It has been very hot and very hard work but all worth it when you see all the smiles on their faces and their sincere gratitude. Miss you all and will see you soon.
Father Cosgrove: The Crusaders are anxious to meet up with the rest of our members at the Valley of the Angels. Rumor has it that they have had a wonderful time meeting the Cardinal of Honduras and going out to dinner, but most of all, working with the young people of the orphanage. We continue to thank the parents for the gift of their children not only at this time during the mission trip, but during all the years they have been a part of our system. Looking forward to seeing you all on what will be a special Easter for all of our families.