Anyone who has taken care of teams that come down from the U.S. will know what I mean when I say that we had a visit from the "Dream Team"! The Twelve people that came from Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee, one man and eleven ladies, all had hearts of gold, willing hands to help, they came prepared to serve and love the children at Casa de Amor. They were a blessing start to finish.
The first day they had brought crafts for both the little kids at Casa 1 and also for the big kids at Casa 2 & 3. One of the crafts was a flagrant overuse of bandaids! Every kids dream to open bandaids and use them as stickers; at least it has been my kids' dream! All of the kids loved it:)
|Some of the team helping the littles with their craft!|
|Sam, Suzanne, and Mary hanging out the never ending wash.|
|Shawn and Casi pruning the trees along the road!|
|K. with his band aided heart!|
|More crafts with the older kids. |
(This room is now a cheery yellow)
A few of the nights we ate out with the team. I only got a picture the night we went to La Estancia. This team was truly American, nice and loud in restaurants! It was great to have fun and laugh in our "heart" language and culture. We did turn some heads in the restaurant though, Bolivians throw loud parties, but are very quiet in restaurants!
|The team at La Estancia|
|The crowd that went to Parque Pairumani|
Our family also took the team to Tarata one of the mornings. Tarata is a small town about an hour and a half out of Cochabamba. There is lots of super old architecture in Tarata, as well as native people. It gives you a feel for the "real" Bolivia, rather than just the "modern" city feel of Coch. For lunch on the way home from Tarata, we stopped at Palabra de Vida's (Word of Life) large campus to eat. Our friends there were very kind to let us crash their place!! We had packed a picnic lunch for everyone to share. Unfortunately, one of the gals on the team, Mary, does not handle altitude well. She kept thinking she would get over it, but continued to get worse as the day progressed. Rudi ended up taking her to our house to sleep. Thankfully, she was doing better by the next day. She was very brave through it all and kept apologizing for being sick. Like she could help it! The altitude affects everyone so differently, but it is a major factor in traveling here in the Andes.
After lunch Emily and I took most of the group to tourist shop in La Concha. We made quite a crowd! Emily and I were kept busy translating prices and making deals for everyone. Thankfully, two of the ladies in the group spoke Spanish also, so they could help us. We didn't get a picture, but getting the team AND all the items they had bought into our car was quite a feat! They were stuffed into the car with stuff all over them!!
|Tarata and Friends!|
|Enjoying our picnic lunch at Palabra de Vida|
|Chelsea enjoying baby G.|
|L.toR. Audra, Abbie, Elianna, and Casi...|
Love those Bolivian Sweaters and Poncho!
|Chelsea, Nicole, and Shawn|
|Nicole, Jessica, Rebecca, Emily, Suzanne, L. and Abbie|
|Audra in her makeshift photo booth!!|
|One last game of Soccer...|
|Mary knitted these adorable hats for Elena and Vico's|
|Our special friends Vico and Elena with their SUPER CUTE|
twin baby girls!
And here is a parting shot for you! The Dream Team with the kids from House 2 and 3 of Casa de Amor in a "silly" shot!! Thank you for coming and sharing your hearts, your resources, your time, and your smiles with all of us at Casa de Amor. God bless you all!!
|Visiting Orphans/Orphan World Relief, Bolivia 2015|