hai·ku ˈhīˌko͞o,ˌhīˈko͞o/ noun 1. a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Do you know what I realized this morning?  I promised at least one haiku this month.  And I like being a (wo)man of my word.  I will start by sharing…

Disclaimer:  If you haven’t read Christmas Eve’s post, you should probably scroll down (or click here) and do that.  Otherwise, you may be a little confused at the lack of puzzle references in this post. Hey there!  Merry Christmas!! So, what did you open this morning?  A sweater?  New iPod? Who got a puppy?  (No seriously,…

Let’s start by quickly reviewing where we stood on the completion of our puzzle at the end of Jilli’s blog on Saturday. Ok, we’re starting to fill in some of the inside.  You can nearly identify one child.  Our total was $6,230.  31% of our goal. Now, let me show you what our puzzle currently…

(Please sing with me.) Schoooool’s out….for the summer. (Technically, it’s out for the winter.    The Honduran school calendar beats to it’s own drum.) Schooooool’s out….for ever. (Not actually true either.  Just until mid-January or early February based on which school a child attends.  The schools within Honduras also beat to their own drum which…

You know how when one kid in your child’s classroom gets sick, suddenly your whole household is sick?  Now imagine that you have 80 boys and 9 girls in your household.  Would everyone EVER be well at the same time.  Nope, absolutely not.  The coughs, the sniffles, the boogers found in places other than a…

There are times when being in Proniño feels like being at a summer camp that never ends.  Yes, they work (and by work, I mean mow the yard with machetes, which still seems like the absolute worst way to spend an afternoon), but they are surrounded by kids their age.  Being an only (but uber…

Do you know what roosters say in Honduras?  If you said cock-a-doodle-doo, you would be wrong.  Turns out they say kee-ka-dee-kee!  I know, not only do you have to learn another language to speak to humans in Honduras, you also need to do some studying before you can fully understand the animals as well.  Sigh….

When I first entered this world of children’s homes and fundraising I remember hearing that Bas had secured a $30,000 Euro donation from Holland for Pronino.  My thought? Awesome!  I bet they’re funded for the entire year!! (If Bas is reading this while sipping tea, I suspect there is currently earl grey all over his…

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