After sitting at the kitchen table in the Martinez home until nearly midnight Central standard time (yes, that's 0200 in my brain), the math got a little fuzzy and we decided to call it a night. The numbers are coming together, but we still have some more options to explore. The traditional way to build any building here is to stack up blocks with cement in between and iron rods to stabilize them vertically and horizontally. This includes the exterior and interior walls. It is much less common to use wood for the walls, and when they do it is only for the interior walls. In this case they use 3x6 feet sections of plywood nailed to 2x4's...never heard of drywall.
Let me just say that by 11:30 the math got so fuzzy that the 126 bags of concrete that we calculated we would need for the floor turned out to really only be 25 when we recalculated today!!' ;)
We spent the day at our normal clinic in Santa Ana today. We saw just 'embarazadas' (pregnant gals) and a few paps. Brent showed the kids who were there how to make a tippy tap, and they loved it!! If only they were always so excited about washing their hands!!
One of the embarazadas who came from Pueblo Nuevo is pregnant with her 10th child, and as I began asking about her other pregnancies, she told me that her 2nd oldest child, a girl of 21 years, was murdered on the road between Pueblo Nuevo and Mango on June 1st. Myrna had a daughter, age 2, for whom this woman is now caring. We cried and prayed together...she is about 30 weeks pregnant...with a girl...if my ultrasound skills are solid.
Brent and Jesse played basketball this afternoon while Orfe and I visited a woman who is diabetic and doesn't leave the house much because she had a 43 year old daughter with cerebral palsy for whom she provides total care! She was so thankful for our visit!!
So much to be thankful for as we share a nice dinner at Villa del Chef with our Guatemalan family!