Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We Are Getting Another Girl

Even after what happened last week, we have been incredibly blessed. Clayton Valley, Ca. Rotary Club had taken responsibility of providing us with the items from our Needs List. When they told us this we were ecstatic about getting the items for the kids. They outdid that with a 1996 15 passenger, 1 ton Ford van that they had a club member go through mechanically and put on all new tires as well. It couldn’t be better to us if it were new. We are humbled to have received it and are going to use it to go to Mexicali tomorrow. Rotary has been an integral part of our being able to do what we are doing, from work volunteers, a grant to buy the furnishings we needed to open and now this. You are all a part of our family.
I also want to take this time to thank everyone who has helped us in our time of need. I don’t want to start listing names because I don’t want to forget anyone but all of you have helped us all with your love and support. Be it a donation, a card or phone call to a simple hug and prayer, it has all been important and appreciated.
We had our annual inspection today with DIF. They wanted to see where we were at with the house and our determination to continue. Lupita and I have talked at length over the last week and told them solidly what we had mentioned in the last newsletter. We were told we passed our inspection, they were very happy with the home and children and they are going to give us information on another 3 year old that we should receive next week.
We are blessed and are looking forward to getting the next house finished and filled.

Friday, February 24, 2012

We Love You Carol, Happy Birthday Today

  It’s taken me a few days to sit down to write this so please forgive me.
     Tuesday morning, Feb. 21st, Carol and I were in San Felipe doing errands when she had a heart attack and died. I thank God I was there with her and was there the whole time that Cruz Roja worked to help her heart restart. She has had heart problems for many years and this was something they could not help her with. They worked tirelessly for an hour and never faltered in their work. I applaud them greatly.
     We were married for almost 35 years and have lived here in San Felipe for the last 8 years. Just last week we had talked about the evolution of our dream of Casa de Fe and how God’s hand had been holding us up for the entire ride. There were so many obstacles that only He could have resolved that we knew we were doing the right thing. We were to be simple servants here for the people we are privileged to have in our lives.
     The greatest joy in our lives was and still is being with and helping these girls grow and develop into the strong women we know they will be. Also, last week we had made decisions about forming a formal board or “consejo” to be able to continue the work of Casa de Fe if something happened to one or both of us. We had made a wish list of people who we wanted to work with and in the last couple of days they have all graciously agreed to work with us. We are blessed to have 2 strong women, Lupita Perez and Bonnie Gilbert, who will continue the clerical and financial administration of Casa de Fe and John Gilbert and Pastor Cesar Sanchez to help guide us into the next phase of our vision. We are still dedicated to filling this home with more girls and finishing the second home for boys, with 7 houses being the final goal for Casa de Fe on the property we now have.
     Thank you for your prayers and blessings. Get ready to rock; we’re catching our breath for the next round.