Aug. 1, 2011 Youth Festival this week.
Our dear friend, Father Rick is here
| 60 countries have registered so far. |
These are some of the ‘confession lines’.
Each year Father Kevin co-ordinates the flag banners
Each of the countries representative carries a sign
One of the countries who ‘stood out’ were the Chinese.
Sister Olga is right in the middle of the action!
Action is an understatement!
|And the presence of so many priests; they ‘overflow’ to|
rows in front of the rotunda altar.
But it is back to work! Back to the hills! Joseph is carrying a
| But the house is locked and we can not find|
them; wait, here they come up the dirt road. They have been to a
neighbor’s field where he is pulling up the bean plantings. They
ask; he tells them to take whatever they can carry! They
are each carrying water from the stream which, we find, is more than a
mile and a half away!
They ask for help in carrying the load.
Joseph carries Anica’s water pail.
|Anica is exhausted and must ‘take a breather’.|
|OK we have all rested; now a quiet moment.|
who is the
Jelka offers each of us a swig from the fresh
Dragica, Antonia, Katarina, & Marija have
| A view of the Castle in Ljubuski. Will it ever be|
renovated and modified as condos?
| Friends from Belgium are here for three weeks.|
Father, Toni, is doing the readings. Karol is serving at the altar along
with his sisters. It is good to
| Father Rick is here from the States; he was part|
of the ‘bus accident’ group who came 4 or so years ago.
We meet a group from Mumbai (used to be Bombay in my
Mary helps with
| Aug 9, 2011. We need to go back for a|
return visit. We have brought sandals
and tie shoes for each of the sisters; we get warm smiles.
| And we bring Father Rick along with us! The ladies are thrilled to have a priest visit them in their|
| They take advantage of the chance to tell Father|
of their need for a home remodeling job.
|The sisters want the older house re roofed and re built!|
| They explain that this side of the house is for the chickens so|
that part won’t need too much work.
|But this side would be the preferred side.|
| Father takes on the role of Spiderman? |
Father Rick is listening to the sisters telling him to “go ahead;
it’s just a little cobweb; that won’t hurt you”.
Father goes for it!
Next stop is to Jagoda & husband and we ‘guys’ are hanging back.
| We have paused at Jagoda’s with a little bit of|
food and Mary sees that Jagoda’s eyes are still kind of inflamed. We
had left some funds for medicine on our last visit and Mary examines the
purchase (it is not effective enough).
| The husband is at home (we rarely see him); he is so glad to see|
|Did we hear him say “you all come back now, you hear”.|
| Now we are off to Jelka and family; just up the|
| And Jelka, too, is thrilled at the visit from a|
Jelka’s mom died just this past week and we extend our sympathies and
Afterwards we get to have lunch at the ‘Etno Selo’ restaurant; one of
| Aug 11: Mary is off with Sister Muriel to|
interview a lady for the Retirement Home.
Meanwhile, back in Wichita, Kansas, our nephew
Hey Chris, save some hugs for us.
|Paprika: Oh, oh.|
A local friend of ours
Turns out that the paprika was adulterated with shavings from
|Aug. 15, 2011: |
Annie & Romain are here for the 24th time from
|Aug. 16: we are off to Metkovic in Croatia. We|
do a ‘pause’ at the Serbian family on the way. Janet has raised &
has left some funds for them to put a new roof on their house and we want
to see how they are coming along with it. The work is in
progress; as usual in rehab construction, unexpected problems turn
| Joseph is going up on the home made ladder to check|
on the roof job!
| Yep, there is the new roof; this has to|
‘cure’ for two weeks or so.
| After the time has passed then the temporary|
supports can be removed.
The old roof was never quite right (bombed out)
| After the two weeks the family (husband, pregnant wife, two|
daughters and Grandmama (wheelchair bound) can start working on the inside.
We pass on a little bit of help.
| We continue to Metkovic and then look for a new|
place to eat. We find ‘KONOBA LANTERNA’ & we take an outdoor table.
What a find! The waitress has been working here for 10
years and she offers good suggestions as to their daily specialties ‘gotovo
jelo’. Later she treats us to a free fruit plate; delicious!
We pick up a business card and promise to come back.
| No, they are not out searching for Moses;|
it is Joseph! The restaurant had some cute ‘background’
for us to stick our head through!
We talk to the owner who shows us his neat museum.
|Aug. 18: A trip for Mary to the hill country with|
Sister Muriel (Saint Joseph the Worker), Nancy (Canada) and Roxanne (New
At one of Sister Muriel’s regular ‘clients’,
| In a beautiful setting, the beautiful|
people discuss the next visits.
But wait, who is that wending her way up the lane?
Anica is coming home. Yeh!
| Home, home at last. A shoulder is found to|
talk about troubles and how wonderful it is that the Blessed Mother is
looking after her…
After a bit, the ladies take a break and go to St. Joseph the
| They meet up with Sister Petra. Sister has spent 3 months in Ireland and has a very|
good command of the English language as well as nursing skills.
A group of Italian volunteers are working at the Home.
I wonder if they know that.
They know it!
The residents wheel in and surround the dance floor.
OK, you are surrounded; now start the entertainment!
| A 90 something year old resident starts the|
conga line; “the sheep have always followed me”!
Then it is time to check out Sister Muriel’s and Mary
Grand opening is now set for Divine Mercy Sunday
| The stained glass windows are still looking|
really good; they are show stoppers!
The plumbing is in!
| Aug. 20: Joseph, Mary & I are riding with|
Annie & Romain to the ‘hills’. They have been coming to Medjugorje
since 1984 and we know that they know a lot of neat destinations outside
the village. We have stopped at the grocery store
(veggies, water etc) and at the hardware store (clothes line, clothes
pins, eye hooks).
We go then to the sisters; Anica and Jelka.
We check out the current drying ‘system’ (and
The ladies are having fun and have a group
Romain and Joseph set up a real clothes line system
Then Mary, Joseph, Romain and Jelka decide to go to
When they return, we hear it is 2 miles or so across
It has been an hour and a half and Anica is
| On to check with Antonia and family and see how|
bad the family car is; pretty bad. Romain says the body
is almost detached from the frame; maybe we could find a car body from a
The neighbor has been harvesting their tobacco
Jelka has a part time job helping with this.
| Romain and Annie share one of their favorite|
spots; a small but impressive Roman ruin. We can see Mary
Spring water is gushing from out of the mountain at
Joseph stands guard.
| And Bob, we can’t get him away from the Roman|
ruins; he just can’t believe that it older than he is (did he tell
you his birthday is on Wednesday the 7th?)
And just down the road; a swimming hole! It
|Aug 24: Oh, oh. Mrs. Beljo is at the|
7:30 early Croatian Mass. She has brought us grapes and figs and
blitva and other greens. She asks for help with the school
books and the school bus costs and asks whether we have running shoes and
jeans and underwear etc.
We help a little and, later, put together a box with shoes
Aug 25: Sister Krunoslava has returned from her
The new beds for the home are to arrive in
|Aug. 26: We find some new stuff and some not so|
new stuff for the Beljo family. We put together a food package and
are all set to make the delivery. Thank you Joseph.
Aug. 27: Romain and Annie have come up with an
Ivan has told us that, if we want it for one
Romain goes to look at it (he is in the
Crying time again. We call and deliver the car;
Now it is possible. Romain and Annie pass some
Two good hearted fellows; we are so privileged to be
Thank you Ivan and Romain.
| Joseph, Mary and I make a ‘food run’ to|
‘Joseph’s special family’; eight children and, we just found out, a 9th
child is coming this week!! Some clothes are delivered;
Joseph leaves funds for winter firewood (now is the time to order).
Tata (papa) is working in the Village of Neum; leaves
Mama (and kids) tend to the chickens, the pigs, and
| Mama’s priority (wish list) is a small barn on|
the property for the cow; Joseph’s wish list is for doors and
windows on the second floor. Another priority is for
village water to be brought to the house; now they depend on rain to fill
the cistern and there is just not enough rain.
the youngest (for now), a real cutie.
And more good looking kids.
| We go into September with Ivan’s old car gone,|
Ivan’s newer car in the shop for what looks to be, like weeks.