Saturday, April 19, 2014

new swim suits

 During Holy week many people take trips to the beach, swimming pools, or the river to go swimming. The kids went and spent the afternoon in a water hole about half an hour from here. The kids were super excited as they got to try their new swimsuits that were donated a few months ago.
Even though we didn't take any "big" trip I still think the kids enjoyed their afternoon at the waterhole.

Monday, April 14, 2014

happy happy birthday

Katy turned 10 today!!!! She got a package a few weeks ago in the mail for her birthday and she was so excited today to open her birthday present. Happy Happy Birthday to Katy!!!!!!

Saturday, April 05, 2014


After 6 months of therapy and getting help Antonio graduated from the program he was in and is back home with all of us at CASA. The the kids are so happy to have him back home and all of the adults too. The boys had a party planned out for him. The boys with their money bought pizza and coke. Matt bought a cake that all of the kids got to share in the celebration. The pizza and coke was the boys private little party. They had the room all decorated and were super excited to have Antonio back home with them. 
Sunday morning we attended church with Antonio. They prayed over Antonio and presented him with a certificate showing he had completed his 6 months.
We are very proud of Antonio and how far he has come. Praying that he continues to stand strong in HIM. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

belated birthdays

It's never too late!!! Happy very belated birthday to these two. Some how my blog for their birthday slipped by me. Any and Josue turned 6 the end of Feb. They are both in first grade this year. 
Josue excels with his school work. He usually can do all of his homework by himself. There are a few little errors he makes we make him correct them. Any on there other hand is slow and takes her time doing her homework and needs lots of help from the staff to make sure she is doing her homework correctly. We love you Any and Josue!!!!!!
Happy happy 6th Birthday!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


It's really hard to keep everyone well here at CASA. When one kids gets sick it usually means there are a few more who will get sick.
Two weeks ago Korbin got a high fever and an infection. We got him on meds and quickly got it under control. Well a week later Olman, Yair, Any, and Lupe got sick too. They all got over it quickly except Olman. I took him to the dr last week and they changed some of his meds. Well he seems a little bit better but still is pretty miserable. And now his brother Josue is sick too. Fevered and infected throat. Also four of our staff have been sick. There also is a whole other handful of kids who have colds.
Hoping this all will pass soon. We are going on week three of the kids being sick.
Korbin is on his second round at fighting this stuff. He has a fever and is sick again.
Please pray for healthy kids. Hoping this too shall soon pass.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Reina!!!!

Happy Happy Birthday Reina. Today she turns 15!!! 
This picture I took last week. She helped clean some of our chickens.
It has been a joy and continues to be a joy to see Reina mature and grow. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New school schedule

We are on the second week of the new school schedule. The kids really seem to like the new schedule. Although change has come with their new schedule. I go to school to pick them up at 11:30 every day for lunch. Upon arriving at home they eat their lunch. Then the quickly get busy doing their afternoon chore. Such as washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, folding clothes, or cleaning the eating area. The kids do such a better job a getting their job done knowing they have a short amount of time to complete their chore. There are a few things the kids don't have time to do. So the ladies help finish up whatever needs to be done. We load the van up about 12:40 and back out the gate. The kids have to be back at school by 1:00.
Not everyone goes home during their lunch break. Although with as many of kids as we have it is easiest to bring them home to eat. I can't imagine taking them food and having to watch all 14 of them every day for an hour and a half as they run all over the school. Most of the kids that live close to the school they walk home for lunch. The other ones their parents pack them lunch or their parents bring them lunch.
The ladies have a little bit of a bigger load as the kids are not able to make tortillas, get firewood, and complete some of their daily chores they normally would do in the afternoon. Although for the most part the homework stays the same and the kids still get to play in the afternoon. Since the kids get home at 3 now I was worried as to how they would get all of their homework done in time. Although they are all making it happen. The 5th grade teacher is a little rough and has given Katy and Sisi tons of homework every night. So there has been tears, anger and all sorts of emotions as they get frustrated and discouraged by their amount of homework.
For the most part it has been a smooth transition into the the new schedule with the kids.