Evening Time Together–Jeanne Kaminski

23 thoughts on “Evening Time Together–Jeanne Kaminski”

  1. I am so touched by everyones blogs and replys. It means so much to all of us that you all share this rewarding experience. I’m happy for ALL of you. Everyday is something new. Blessings and prayers!

  2. Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks like you guys are staying busy over there. I had to laugh about the chocolate part–i had been wondering why my mom (deb) kept bringing home so much chocolate prior to leaving for Ethiopia but now i know its for your huddles! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  3. Jeanne, et al, thank you very much for the shout out! I do my best, having spent time years ago in Viet Nam, and still recalling how much the mail from home meant on a long day. You’re all very inspiring, and I’m proud to do a small part to encourage you in your work. Your end of the day routine sounds like a complete hoot, and very valuable in your preparations for the next. Thank you for so much for regaling us with your stories! Keep on, more soon, John

  4. Hello! (ṭenaisṭəlləň!)

    We’ve been reading your blog every day. We hope you’re doing well and helping those in need. In reading class, we just finished a unit of study called Children in Conflict, and our main setting was Africa. Some of the books included A Long Walk to Water, Lost Boy, Lost Girl, Son of a Gun, and The Good Braider. A few connections we made to your blog from the books is that children have to walk a long time to various places and the hardships the people experience in their everyday lives. We have also been learning about water crisis in social studies and were wondering if the children brush their teeth every morning and night like we do or if they have same brands of toothpaste as we do? We also studied diseases in Africa and were wondering what types of illness you are seeing? Can you also tell us about language? Any educational training you have had?

    Take lots of pictures! We hope when you return, you will come in and share all you have learned! We can’t wait to read more!

    P.S.: Shout-out to Carie Finch (Isabella’s mom)!

    Logan Middle School 7th Graders

  5. Hello Team 1,
    Thank you so much for the informative blog posts and pictures. You are doing great work! I had been looking at the blog posts before most of the comments were added and did not realize fully how they were being used to offer words of encouragement from home. It sounds like you all have the right idea spending time unwinding after busy days full of joy and challenges. Thank you also for the beautiful pictures which along with your blog posts bring those of us at home as close to being there with you as we can be. We can’t wait until you get back and can share all of your stories with us in person.

    Not sure if my message sent yesterday made it to you. Everything went well in Madison, he stayed overnight for a precaution, no meniscus tear but they found arthritis. Also, the move went well in PA. Going stir crazy without you;-)

    -Jeremy Grove

  6. Thanks for the details about how the blogs work. I will forward that one with pic to Stephanie’s AZ family. As a retired teacher, I love the way students at Logan are following the blog.There is so much for us all to learn. PS Stephanie, Talked to Jeremy last night and he is going stir crazy without you, Koda too in the background trying to get his two sense in.

  7. The updates are wonderful. Thank you for giving of yourself in this way. Your giving is inspiring. You are truly changing lives.

  8. Great to see photos of the action. Keep it up Team 1!
    Our girls zoomed in on your picture, Jeremiah, and kissed it. So cute! (PS you owe me one phone cleaning!)
    More messages from your girls….
    Evangeline: “Hello, Daddy! Can you please tell me what you are doing right now? Are you hugging a donkey?”
    Amery: “I love you! Happy Dal-em-times day!”
    Georgia: “I can’t wait to see you! Love you!”

  9. Hello Team One,

    I love the blogs and pictures! I miss being with you this year but I am envisioning everything – the mountains, coffee on the porch, the walk to the hospital and especially those wonderful children! But I am a bit disappointed with the name for the donkey. It sounds like he is a wonderful donkey – a hard worker, probably never complains, very competent and willing to do whatever is needed – a real team player. You should have named him ROSIE! (But only if he can learn to play Euchre!)

    Enjoy your time there. Thank you for all you are doing.
    Special hi to Lori…

  10. Love seeing the photos and reading about the wonderful experiences that are happening at every moment. As much as the team likes hearing from us, the words that are written from the bloggers point of view are music to our ears as well and paint a vivid picture of the wonderful work that everyone is doing. Cannot wait for the “extended” versions once everyone returns.

  11. Thanks for update, Martha. This is such a wonderful mission and thanks for giving us a glimpse into the trip. Can’t wait to hear and see more. Marcia! 🙂

  12. Greetings to our Ethiopia team, Bless you for all of the great work you are doing.Harriet I miss seeing your smiling face

  13. So exciting to read about your experiences! Amazing to see the many lives you are touching where you are and back at home. Keep the stories coming!

  14. I hope you’re getting enough sleep, to copy with all the myriad challenges & work & intensity …. Today I’m invoking Durga,, the Indian goddess of protection … to protect you all & all your “client” — “customer base” over there …. and Oshun, the African goddess of love & sweet waters …. may all go well on your trip! and the Chocolate be high quality and plentiful. Here’s a middle school joke for you. How do you make Kleenex tissue dance? suspense …..

    Put a little boogie in it!

    Going to Baraboo to visit my mom, and hoping to organize an ice-skating party for Colton & his 7th grade friends for Sunday, —- supposed to be 20 degrees, quick before it heats up to 47 on Monday. Hey, what are you guys eating over there? Lentils? and amhara?

  15. Lori – It’s mom and Rich.
    It’s so interesting reading of your experience in Ethiopia. So proud of you and the team for giving back.
    Be safe.
    Our Best To All,

  16. Thanks for the pictures – especially the sweet baby twins, and of course my handsome husband and as you described him “dear Nate”! I miss them both, but I’m glad they are where they are, having such wonderful experiences that will influence their perspectives forever. Thanks for also for the updates on your happenings.
    Today I received a text from a friend regarding my husband and son, but it certainly applies to all of you there! it says: “I’m so proud to know people [like them] who do good works for others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to them…”
    Love your groups evening routine as explained “we all go around and talk about our day; sharing and learning is charged with so much listening, knowledge exchange, compassion and attentive listening, one dreams this “after dinner model” could be a regular occurrence to “debrief” shifts in our workdays at home”. I will hope that this will continue when my boys return:)
    Be safe!

  17. Loving the updates and am glad I’m all caught up again- on Semester at Sea some of us just got back from Cambodia, where I read the post about the difficult birth and everyone coming together. It touched my heart and broke it at the same time as I cried over the little one as well as the strength of your team, and hope the baby is doing okay. Your team is incredible and the people there are so lucky to have all of you doing the work that so many in the world are afraid to travel for, the work that is so difficult and busy every day but that you keep going. The rules for the capacity of buses in China is always “one more” and I think it’s so cool that you are all practicing that as you are helping people. Keep up the amazing work- so proud of my mom for being a leader, and for all of you being part of what sounds like such an incredible group of people and team. Sending love, hugs, and continued amazing collaboration.

  18. There isn’t a day that goes by that I reflect back on life and appreciate all the people who do such wonderful deeds, no matter the magnitude. I go to bed thinking about those who have been displaced by war and greed knowing that there are caring, loving people like you willing to devote your time and life making others happy and comforting them in time of need. There is a spiritual reward in doing things for those less fortunate. Keep up the good work and SPREAD THE LOVE.

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