Once again, I've carefully kept myself from announcing to the world that my husband was away from home. It just seems like information you don't want to broadcast, for security reasons. But he has been away, and now he's back!
Allen flew to Florida a few days after Christmas. He rented a truck in Miami, and purchased the solar panels for our home. Then, with the panels in the truck, he started driving north, collecting donations all along the way. Friends in Jacksonville had collected Christmas gifts for us to distribute, so he picked those up. My family in Sarasota also had a collection of gifts, as well as various items for our family. He collected those as well, then headed further north.
In North Carolina, a church runs an annual gift-making ministry, and he collected 1000 shoebox gifts from them.
Up in Maryland, our home church and other local friends had additional donated items for us. Allen also purchased a hot water heater and . . . this is a big one . . . a dishwasher for our new home.
The container is in transit, and soon we will be working through exactly how much we will have to pay for all of this, as it passes through customs. Then comes the fun of emptying the contents of the container, sorting it, and distributing all of the gifts and donated items (mostly used clothing and bedding) to the poor of Lempira. It's a huge job.
When Allen returned after his trip to the US, he whisked me away for a four day get-reacquainted trip to the cute colonial city of Copan Ruinas, which is about 2.5 hours from our home. We had a lovely little getaway, and I won't even apologize for not blogging during this time!