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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2010-02-11 20:41:59
Subject: Thursday February 11, 2010

What can I say? I wake up, I read a bit, eat breakfast and head up to work on the computer. I heard a bit about snow in our home town of Fort Worth today. In fact, two of my friends sent me text messages simultaneously about how their kids were outside tossing snowballs and making snow men.

I am working on getting Paula, Hannah, Faith and Timothy up to the USA for a 2-3 weeks in April. I would very much like it if Paula could visit our friends and supporters in Colorado, if only for a weekend. She really would like to see Mike Bamford, whom is in the hospital with leukemia and cystic fibrosis. The Bamfords were really went above and beyond with respect to hospitality on our last trip to Colorado.

Hopefully I can really make some good progress over the next few months getting the big software project finished. It is a monster sized web application.

Gerardo, Fernando and Abbi have settled into the routine of grabbing a bus at 6 AM to get to school by 7 and start their return home in the early afternoon. Susi has to go to school in the afternoon; which is also in town. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Susi rides home with us after Hannah and Faith's ballet class. By the way, Faith joined the ballet school last week. She is in class with Hannah, although she lacks a few years of school for that one. So she is also in the class before Hannah. She gets quite a workout.

David and Antonio start back to colegio (high school) this weekend. They will attend weekend school, which is designed for adults so that they can maintain a full time job during the week. For them, school starts Saturday Afternoon for a few hours and then again Sunday Morning for a few hours. The normal work week in Honduras is 7-3 (or 8-4 or 9-5) on weekdays and 8-12 on Saturday. Weekend school is designed around the work week.

Jose is making headway on making the farm more efficient. Enrique is planting sacate (something like an evergreen 3-8 foot grass). With about 8 acres of sacate, we believe we can sustain the adult cattle without supplemental feed. Until this week we were spending about $13/day on corn silage. We have about 20 feeder pigs that are growing fairly well. We hope to begin the pork sales in April.

I'm getting a little nervous since we've not had a power outage in a couple weeks. We normally have a couple outages per week on average.. I better save this journal as we're long overdue.

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