14 Meses

Hi All,

We are back safe in the DR after our wonderful visit home. Keeg and I are so thankful we got to spend so much time with our family and friends back home. I know we missed some of you, but we’ll hopefully see you next fall/winter.

Speaking for myself, it was a bit weird being back. Don’t get me wrong, it was so great being back in Nebraska and seeing everyone, but, it was weird. I have been so used to life here, that the “normal” things back home seemed foreign to me. Don’t get me wrong, though, I did fall quickly into old habits. Here is a quick list of some of the things I really enjoyed: hot water, running water (that I could drink), the beerS!, being able to drive myself (or have Keegan drive me exactly where I wanted to go)/not having to use public transportation, people not being afraid of Luna and the first thing out of their mouth wasn’t them asking if she bites, speaking Spanish at Mexican restaurants, steak (especially when my dad grilled it), going to the YMCA/yoga.

Luna enjoying the Elkhorn Valley River.
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We of course had to get Runza (twice).
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Here is Keeg showing off his new boots he got in Norfolk!
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Another thing that we are both SO grateful for is the book donations! We have received almost 200 books from friends and family, and cannot thank you enough! We are currently working on a thank you from the kiddos, and it will be coming your way shortly. =] Everyone (the principal, students, teachers, parents, other community members) was SO surprised to hear with how many books we brought back! Our shelves are slowly filling, and will post some updated photos soon.

Here is a photo of some of the books that were donated!:

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We have now been back for a little over a week. Since then, we have tried to catch up with our neighbors and everyone at the school. Also, we moved two days ago!!!!! We moved just across the street on the corner, to a little two-bedroomish house with a private outdoor area. Luna is already loving being able to go in and out of the house without having to “ask permission”. The neighbor kids seem to enjoy it more too. Our 6 year-old neighbor Enmanuel comes over daily to play with Luna, and our front patio has already been broken in as the homework help spot. Although our outside area is pretty private with high bushes, people seem to stop by more often since our front gate is right off of the sidewalk and they don’t have to walk up stairs to say hello. Besides the wonderful outdoor area, we also have running water. =] This house has a large tank on the roof that is filled with water, and when a faucet is turned on, the water comes down. Our town usually gets water every 2-3 days, so our tank should always stay full. 

Here is the front of the house.
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Here is a view from the side of the house looking out the front gate.
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‘ll post inside photos once the place is put together a little more. =]

 

As far as work goes, this month will be fairly slow with the school year coming to an end. We will be focusing on planning our summer programs and hanging out in the library with the kiddos. I will update you all on those once we have more solid plans. We also have our one-year dental checkups and physicals so we get to go to the capitol in a couple of weeks. I haven’t been there since Thanksgiving! At the end of the month we have our education group’s one-year in-service-training, where the education volunteers that came in the same time as us get together and talk about the current initiatives in the education sector as well as hear about what everyone has been doing in their sites and share ideas for our next year. There is a couple of volunteers in our group who I have not seen since last May! Of the 19 of us, there are only 14 of us left, but it will be so great seeing everyone. And, now that our group is leading the Education initiatives, we’ll get to lead everything in a way our group sees fit, which is very exciting. 

That’s all I have today. I’ll update you all once we are more settled and back into the swing of things. Have a happy Friday! 

Abrazos,
Cait