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Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pinchos, Bloques y Costura

Tradition on a Border Buddies trip decrees an outing to El Patio: an open air typical restaurant that serves delicious food and Mariachi entertainment.
Levi and his pincho norteño which he conquered like a conquistador

Michael and his youth group on the Moore team

Mariachi entertainment: Juanta Lamera
My patient trainer, Juan de Dios
Bloques: My first time laying block. See how straight and even they are? That's because Juan de Dios laid them and I filled in the little cracks. He patiently showed me how to keep wet tools so the mortar wouldn't stick and how to get rid of air pockets and finish off the edges. It's kinda fun playing with adult play-doh when I am not responsible for the outcome since Juan was diligently watching over our creation. These blocks will be forming the center island in the cafeteria where the children will be served their daily mirienda.

Costura Class: Joanne taught 15 ladies how to make warm winter gloves out of old sweaters and fleece. These ladies were delighted with their creations because here in the mountains of Tegucigalpa it gets "cold". High 60's, low 70's..... brrrr! Since these homes have no heat, the cold seems colder. Actually, on the hill of El Hatillo, it gets down into the 50's. Since my thermostat runs cold,  I have to defend my Honduran friends because I would be cold right along with them. In concrete block houses and tile floors, the cold can go right through you. Now that I have made my case for warm mittens we can move on.

Doña Rosa

Doña Rosa doesn't have a lazy bone in her body. She shows up whenever she can at the work site and pitches in mixing concrete or cleaning up or whatever useful thing she find to do. She has battled breast cancer yet always has a smile and a cheerful word of encouragement. Her creativity is evident in her knitting and sewing abilities. These ladies like to take advantage of the group projects through Border Buddies because they take home a new skill and a completed item.

Ringpops make a delightful distraction for children when you're trying to sew.

Even the dog made it to sewing class

The ring pops continue to be a welcome distraction for the kids, small and not so small.

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Blessings crown the head of the righteous.... the memory of the righteous will be a blessing. Proverbs 10: 4, 6a, 7a

1 comment:

  1. so neat to see you all busy building. I would not have expected to see a mitten project! We have you all lined up f or some Mason work when you get back. You can start by laying some block in our basement if you want!