Lafayette Habitat for Humanity

I loved the 2 weeks we spent working with Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. To begin with everyone at the affiliate was incredibly welcome and accomodating. Joelle and Sam from the office got us… Continue reading

Historical Vermillionville, Cajun Dancing, Dogwalks, and a Few Brewery Visits

After finishing our build with Bayou Area Habitat we headed up the road for our next 2 week build in Lafayette. We had the weekend off before we started building however so we… Continue reading

Rehabbing Houses with Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity

Our 2 weeks at Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity was spent rehabbing existing Habitat houses in order to prepare them for re-sale to new partner families. Though Tom had been here twice in… Continue reading

Sightseeing in Southern Louisiana: Plantations, Bayous, Barrier Islands, and New Orleans

We arrived in Louisiana 6 days before our build was scheduled in order to do some typical tourist stuff. I’d never been in bayou country or seen the city of New Orleans so… Continue reading

Beginnings: Celebrating the New Year on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Beginning is difficult, and our procrastination is a fine ever-present measure of our reluctance in taking that first close-in, courageous step to reclaiming our happiness. Perhaps, because taking a new step always leads… Continue reading

Light Displays on the San Antonio Riverwalk and Christmas at Padre Island National Seashore

After leaving Las Cruces we headed south(east) for some rest and relaxation on the beaches of Padre Island where the daytime temperatures were in the 70s and night times a balmy 55. En… Continue reading

Changing My Story: Week 5 at Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity

In our last week of building with Mesilla Valley Tom and I mostly worked on more shingling: finishing up Cindy’s house while helping to get paper on Amorette’s roof. The goal had been… Continue reading

Baylor Peak

On our hike up to Baylor Pass last February we had made a plan to continue up to the peak to the north of the canyon sometime we returned next year. And when… Continue reading

A Scramble Above Soledad Canyon

This post is a bit out of order since our exploration above Soledad Canyon occurred before our fourth week of building at Mesilla Valley Habitat but with my bandaged fingers and subsequent slowed… Continue reading

Week 4 at Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity

This post summarizing our fourth week at Habitat for Humanity will be a bit shorter than my previous weekly posts for 2 reasons: 1) a significant amount of what got accomplished has already… Continue reading