Friday, March 6, 2009


Lisa Rupp at Lisa Rupp Design is offering a free printable calendar. She posts each month at a time. You can find them here.

I just printed March!

Visit her blog for more fun designs.

The 50 States Project

I'm not entirely sure what to do with this blog now that Honduras posts are done. I know I don't have many (if any) followers, but eventually I'd like the blog to grow and develop a life of its own. I think I will push for that once I know what I'm going to do with it!

For now, I will post about interesting things I find while browsing the Internet.
Here is one!
California People post by Jeremy & Claire Weiss
This is The 50 States Project. One person from each of the 50 United States was selected to participate in a photography project. Each person photographs assignments that best portrays their home state. The first assignment was to photograph people. This is the photograph for the state of Michigan, and I think the photographer captured the essence of Michigan very well. Peter Baker, the photographer also added a title and a description of his photo, see below.
"Joe Diesel, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2009" © Peter Baker
"Joe McEachern is a mechanic in Ypsilianti who specializes in converting diesel vehicles to run on vegetable oil. He's a young entrepreneur as well, starting a veggie-powered party bus service that shuttles college students to local bars, driving business interests and providing safe rides to the partiers. He is part of a hopeful future for Michigan, using mechanical ingenuity and environmental passion to create new opportunities for the state."
This is such a symbolic photo and a great representation of the state of Michigan's economy right now. With the Big 3 auto makers struggling, and GM announcing that they are in more trouble than they thought, and as a result, smaller businesses losing work, it's hard here. The only way things will pick up is with the hard work and innovation of individuals. The Big 3 should look at Joe McEachern's design and ideas and learn from the 'average Joe'. Get on board!
I really enjoyed looking at all of the pictures for each of the 50 states! I can't wait to see what photos the upcoming assignments will be. Check out the pictures from your state!

Monday, March 2, 2009

El Fin!

The End! I gave a presentation at church with Suzanne about our trip this Sunday, and while I had a great time in Honduras and have enjoyed being a part of Hands In Service, I am ready to be done. So this post will conclude my posts of my Honduras trip!

What I have left to post about is the actual project I went down to work on. It is a day care center called Santo Domingo Savio.

This is what the center looked like when we arrived.

This building was already built when we got there, we had to build a similar building adjacent to this one, in this area.

This is what the structure looked like when we finished.

Suzanne and I were in charge of painting the inside of the first building. Paul needed a break from the manual labor and joined us to paint. This is what the inside looked like before we painted.

This is what it looked like when we were finished. The colors are Lemon Curd and Sassy Lilac.

This is our entire team in front of what we built.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the pictures of my trip. I hope to do more things like this in the future. I get asked all the time if I will go back. I would like to go back, but I'd also like to go other places and see other things. I will go back maybe in a a couple of years to see how things have progressed and changed since 2009.