August 13, 2013

Que paso con Teresa?!? (..means, what's up with Teresa?!)

Smithville 2013 HANDS Team:

Today was another regular workday; an extremely early wakeup call, breakfast (which of course included rice & beans), and an hour long commute to the worksite. This morning we finished painting the perlins, we moved the pile of dirt from one spot to another (the good ole fashioned way – shovels and wheelbarrows), and there was even some more digging – no 4foot holes this time though; phew!! These were much smaller holes for the teeter-totter in the playground area.

The concrete forms for the footings of the expansion were finished, and in the afternoon we worked hard to mix concrete (the good ole fashioned way also) and poured them. Best moment of the day – when Quintin told me he's never seen a woman work as physically hard as I did! So nice! Especially since I rarely get dirty at home – I've kind of turned into a bit of a princess over the years, and I don't like to get my nails dirty. But, I left that fear of dirt in Canada, cut my nails short, and have embraced the hard work required of us this week. It hasn't been easy, but in my exhaustion at the end of the day I know that what I'm doing is making a difference for these kids at the school. And Emma reminded me of that as we were shovelling gravel into the wheelbarrow in the hot hot sun, sweat pouring down our dirty faces, that each shovel-full is benefiting one of the 400+ kids here at the school. Great lil reminder of why we're here!

We ended up leaving the worksite a little early today so that we could clean ourselves up a bit before going to Maynor and Alicia's house for supper. Was awesome to spend a bit of time with them, seeing their house and how their life is lived here in Nicaragua. And the pizza they ordered in for us was pretty delicious too! :) I can understand not wanting to cook for 13 adults in her kitchen; its just a bit smaller than the sizes we're used at home. :)


Aug 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hearing all of your stories makes me so incredibly excited for you guys. God is doing great things through you and TO you! I'm so pumped to hear about it when you guys get back. Looking forward to the many campfire stories you'll have for Youth Camping in September.

Cheers, and stay safe,

~ Jen

Aug 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

Good for you Teresa, working hard, your dad will be so proud. Nice to spend time with our missionaries too. See you soon, safe travels.

Aug 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Sounds like you're having a great trip Tree! I knew you would love it! I'm praying for you and can't wait to hear all about it when you get home!

Aug 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

Nice work Tree! So incredibly proud of you and the work you're doing with the young people. God is truly working through you guys to make this difference!

Aug 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Tree!! So awesome to hear from you! Krista and I were talking about you today, and wondering how you were doing with all that Can't wait to hear about all your adventures. Praying for you and the team to arrive home safely!

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