My Heart Swelled

Team Journal Entry for Wednesday, July 1

Today was our third day working in the daycare center and I feel like it came and went too soon. It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way into the program. I don’t want it to end!

As soon as we arrived at the daycare, Chelsea, Nancy, and Sarah went to their respective rooms while Kris and I continued our labor work on the bed frames and cribs. The children’s beds that we had worked on since Monday looked brand new after being sanded down and varnished with the help of the maestro. We worked with the tías and carried each of the beds, which are surprisingly very heavy, back into the room. Once they were all in place, I took a moment to appreciate the sight of the beds and my heart swelled knowing I had a part in making them new again. There wasn’t much labor work to do today so I spent the rest of the day with Tía Norma in the baby room which was a nice break compared to the work from the last couple of days. I brought my camera out for the first time in the daycare and it didn’t take me long to find out that the children loveeeee photos. Alain knew how to navigate the photos on my phone and of course he only wanted to look at the ones of himself. After everyone’s photo shoot, I played with the kids until it was time for them to go home. Once the day had ended for them, we spent time practicing English with the tías. Kris and I have been working with Tía Alexandra and Tía Diana since Monday and their pronunciations have improved immensely. I’m so proud of them! I can’t wait to see/hear how far they’ve come by the end of the program.


Well it’s time for the day to come to a close. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m tired from chasing the kids around the baby room or if I just have a food coma from tonight’s Italian feast at Romolo e Remo. Regardless, I am excited to start a brand new day and can’t wait to see what the children and tías have in store for us tomorrow.

Entry submitted by: Ashley

Message of the Day – Ashley: “Your gifts are not about you. Leadership is not about you. Your purpose is not about you. A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership, your purpose.” – Kevin Hall  

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