The anticipation mounted as we made the trek to meet the family we would be building for. The chanting of "Gringa" in the streets brought a huge smile to everyone on board the truck, and none any bigger than mine. As we rounded the corner, I saw change!
I'm happy to say this is my third trip with Live Different. There are so many amazing experiences that happen during these trips. It is always great to meet new people who are thriving to make a difference in the world in which they live. I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of this build.
Now everyone get your minds out of the gutter - today was a huge day for Rotary Team Mexico as we now have a house where once stood a bare cement pad. Amazing teamwork was in evidence throughout the day as the walls were raised, rooms were divided, interior and exterior walls were painted, the roof panels are on, and windows are cut. We are amazed at what happened today and we can't wait to see how much we accomplish tomorrow!
Rotary Team Mexico now has its first day under its belt - tired yet satisfied with a good day's work, we enjoyed a delicious Mexican meal prepared by the Live Different staff and before long, people started drifting off to an early night. Dormitory style accommodations are comfortable despite unseasonably warm and humid weather, combined with barking dogs which made sleep elusive for some.
For many of us, our childhood was a time spent goofing off with friends. It was a period in which going on adventures and diving into our imaginations replaced the bills, responsibility, and the world of adulthood which surrounded us but remained in our peripherals until we got older.
This is the first official blog from team number one, and it’s a little bit late in the making since this is supposed to be a weekly blog and we have been together for almost a month now... But we feel as if now is when we are starting to look at how far we have come in the last month.
Throughout the course of our lives, we often experience what I usually call "panarama moments," - a split second where time seems to slow and sound ceases to exist. These moments tend to stand out in our minds and allow us to fully take in our surroundings, to experience everything that is going on around us in a pure and focused way, and to find a new appreciation for the situation at hand.
A growing underground comedy scene has been blossoming in Steel Town with names like Jason Rouse, JR Digs, Manolis Zontanos, Patrick Coppolino and more getting national and international attention spotlighting Hamilton’s dark, twisted, goofy and funny character. This weekend, Zak McDonald, one of the newer additions to Hamilton comedy, is set to take some of the darkness of his life and shine a new light on it as he headlines a comedy/variety/fundraiser event for a national motivational tour.
What do you get when you unleash nineteen Dayspringers who are catching or possibly passing their fourth wind on a cement pad in the town of Vincente Guerroro?
2 beautiful homes, dusty clothing, a bunch of slivers, faith, love, and gratitude!