“Yesterday I hit the wall. All the hard physical labor had finally taken its toll on my body. After a good night’s sleep, I felt revived. However, I was cautious about overdoing it. It turned out to be a blessing. Although I worked hard making adobe bricks all morning, I focused on people for the afternoon.

The village children have been flocking to the work site every afternoon after school. They range in age from 1 to 14. Many of us have taken a break from our work to engage the children. However, today was different. They were no longer tentative. We were greeted with big smiles, hugs and the warmth you feel from friends. As we participated together working on crafts or playing soccer, the language barriers diminished.

During the week a local Habitat family was kind enough to share their bathroom with our team. Today, in gratitude, we planned a photo session for the whole family. What a great experience for all of us. Not only were they thrilled to have their portraits taken, but we had the opportunity to use our basic Spanish language skills to communicate to each other and share a little bit about our lives. Marisa and her family now feel like part of my extended Honduran family.”

Today’s blog comes from Michelle Pavliv, one of our great Habitat volunteers. She is part of our Annual Fund & Special Events Committee, as well as our Major Gifts Committee.

In this photo are Marisa, her family, Michelle and Diane Steinbeiser.