Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ash Wednesday (Thursday)

Lent always begins on Ash Wednesday, but here at Amigos being out in the middle of nowhere, we could not have mass until Thursday.  Ash Thursday:)

 A Padrino (care taker of the kids) receiving his ashes.

 The kids receiving their ashes.

 Germany getting in my scene shot.

 The kids showing off their ashes during mass.

and after mass. 

Mayan Artifacts at Amigos!

Here at Amigos, the school is expanding and construction has begun for the new classrooms.  Currently, the school only goes up to fourth grade, but yearly the school will expand with the fourth grade class until they reach ninth grade.  During construction, the workers were digging out behind 'agro' (the Amigos farm) and they found a bunch of Mayan artifacts!  It was the coolest thing I have ever seen.  Below are some photos of the kids and teachers looking for artifacts.  

Retreats and Beer

Our second retreat of the year was a silent retreat at the D&D Brewery, Lodge, and Resturant just beyond the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras.  It was a beautiful weekend filled with gorgeous hiking trails, some solid God time, good food, and good beer. Below are some pictures I took on my hikes.  I would highly recommend going here if you ever come to Honduras.

 The view from the top of one of the hills I hiked overlooking the river.

 The path to the brewery from where we stayed.

 A beautiful stream from my hike.

 A trail of coffee beans growing.

 Coffee beans growing.

 Another pretty view from the hike.

The blue water lagoon.  You cannot really tell from this picture, but the water is super blue.  The shadow in the lower right hand corner shows a glimpse of the actual color.

More coffee bean fields.

To end the trip and retreat we all went to see this beautiful waterfall.   

 Pulhapanzak Waterfall, Honduras

 Always have to take a group photo.

 and a silly one.

and because we work at a children's home, one like the kids. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Christmas Concert

Every year the Amigos de Jesus bilingual school (where most of our children attend) puts on a Christmas show before are let out for Christmas break.  This year, the different grades sang songs such as Rudolph the red nose reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.  

 The decorations for the show.  (kind of a dark picture, the lighting was not the best)

 Each of the grades Christmas projects on display.

 Kindergarten singing after preschool.

 Fourth grade singing the Twelve Days of Christmas.

 Third grade singing.

 First grade singing Momma-Cita.

 Second grade with Mr. Sean singing I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

 Second grade

 Educators levels 1, 2, and 3 singing Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer.

 Educators singing.

 Fourth graders with a duo.

 Fourth grade singing Away in a Manger.

 Another duo in fourth grade.

 Catching a quick pic at the end of the concert.

Cooking lunch for the 'hogar'

Once a month on Sundays here at the 'hogar,' the volunteers cook lunch for the entire orphanage. Sunday lunches are special days.  Every week, a different person from the 'hogar,' such as the lawyer, or the directors, or some of the madrinas or padrinos (the caretakers of the kids) will take the entire morning to cook for the kids.  This meal is known to have some of the best food of the week because of all the different cooks.  

Below are just a couple of pictures from the last Sunday that the volunteers cooked.  On this day, we made hot dogs, fries, and salad. 
Jillian, Audra, and Genevieve cutting up vegetables in the kitchen.  

Jillian preparing the hot dogs to be cooked.  

The cooking team for the day (minus Genevieve who is taking the picture).

-->from the second time we cooked at the hogar

Hi, welcome to Starbucks!  I love that our aprons here are from Starbucks.