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February 28, 2012

Daily Journal: Monday, February 27, 2012

By Bonnie Black
The morning began early for many as our trip to Mombacho was set to leave at 6am. We all met for a brief gathering before their departure with Emily and Aislyn leading us in contemplative time. They read the poem “When You Believe” which was put music by Celtic Women. We then all joined in the Prayer of St. Francis before they loaded into the 2 vans for their ‘day off’ excursion.

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February 27, 2012

Daily Journal: Sunday, February 26, 2012

By Bonnie Black
Sunday – and it is! The wonder of being here when we come in February is that the sun shines continuously. The warm breeze through the trees actually turned into a wind today making it feel cooler than the 90+ that is was

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February 26, 2012

Daily Journal: Saturday, February 25, 2012 (Late Edition)

By Bonnie Black
After a nice lunch together, our afternoon crews headed out and others remained here doing the staging for other work.

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Daily Journal: Saturday, February 25, 2012 (Early Edition)

By Bonnie Black
This morning in the Women's Dorm we woke to cheery birthday wishes for Haley - a joyful experience!

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February 25, 2012

Daily Journal: Thursday, February 23, 2012 (Evening Edition)

By Bonnie Black
Our afternoon, as you had a hint of, was very fluid. Those of us who have been here before know that this is not exactly unique.

We began to make a real dent on the carton sorting. You see, a few months ago we sent a shipping container full of items of which most were directly distributed through CARITAS to the needy hospitals with which we work. Everything that we disperse directly, though (like educational supplies, etc) is brought here and put into the two storage rooms at either end of the facility. Those rooms were packed tightly upon our arrival and one of our goals is to leave the rooms empty, assuring that all of the donations make it to their designated locations. Joy C. – our Carton Queen – had her crew again moving boxes into staging areas for transportation out of here tomorrow with the various work crews (we have many scheduled for Friday!). Tomorrow morning Sr. Ligia coming with a truck around 11am to pick up the supplies designated for her three facilities. That will make a big dent in one of the storage rooms.

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February 24, 2012

Daily Journal: Thursday, February 23, 2012 (Early Edition)

By Bonnie Black
You have found that many stories whirl around in my head that I think I have told you, but I did not! Such was the story last night about the young boy who picked up a discard juice box at Niño. Want to know the rest?

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February 23, 2012

Daily Journal: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (Evening Edition)

By Bonnie Black,
And on we went after lunch…

Paul R. and Tom removed the rest of the Somoza stones after lunch, Allen worked on more plumbing issues, painting of the balance of the rear porch continued with a few from this morning who had the drive to complete the task!

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February 22, 2012

Daily Journal: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (Early Edition)

By Bonnie Black
Everyone is here and Mission #44 is underway! We aren’t going too far afield today as we have many on-site as well as close-by projects for everyone. Yesterday, the process of checking in at the Burlington airport was the smoothest ever and in Houston, the Mission was priority boarded – even before those who have specific rewards! But I can’t forget how last night ended…

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August 2, 2011

Daily Journal: Monday, August 1, 2011

By Bonnie Black
Today was our ‘day off’ before returning to all of you. It began earlier than usual with Colleen, Darcy, Angie, Missy and Sam opening the kitchen by 4:45am, so that everyone leaving for Mombacho could have a full and hearty breakfast before boarding their van at 6am.

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August 1, 2011

Daily Journal: Sunday, July 31, 2011

By Bonnie Black
This is it – the last day of projects for Mission #42. It doesn’t seem like we have been so long. For A Team, it has been exactly 1 week ago today that we began cleaning and sweeping and scrubbing in preparation for the rest of the group.

This morning’s assignment board looks a little different than others as everyone is on it multiple times. There are lots of short tasks to do in addition to our major painting jobs at the Children’s Hospital and here around the house.

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