| ||August 1: Father John, one of our|
favorite priests, is here with a group from the States.
|We shall always be|
mindful of the generosity of this group.
| ||August 2:|
Dijana and son, Ivan, are
|And also helping is|
Dijana’s daughter, Zeljana. This laptop had been donated through / by
Aggie a while ago and has been anxiously awaited by Zeljana; it would be so
very useful in her
We have been waiting to have the utilities installed in Hvratska.
| ||Today’s work crew!|
English Holy Mass is in the
| ||Always room for one more!|
|New this year (at least to us) is a booth|
inviting any and all to pen (or pencil) a message of thanks or hope to our
A great idea!
It turns out to be what seems to be a never ending banner carried by the
| ||Meanwhile in our|
garage we start the sorting of items brought by the youth group (guided by
Tim and Father John) for the
poor whom we are so glad to serve in the poorer areas of this country.
We spot Dominique De Wilde in the crowd; the big smile makes her easy to
| ||Husband Tony and mother, Irene, are also very|
very welcomed by so many of their friends here in Medjugorje.
|8/04: "What about me? Do you like my ‘new|
We are visiting the camp in Stolac. Mary will be checking over the
We bring the bags home and will give then a ‘freshing up; the papers
| ||We have to give an ‘A’ (100 or 5 depending on|
the grading system) for the neat art work.
| Sabahudin has come into|
possession of an IPAD; it seems to be alive but limited; can it be fixed?
| ||Mary is quizzing the kids and finding out|
whether anyone has ‘fried their brains’ by thinking too too hard during
these hot summer days; the kids get a kick out of that question.
|Time for Amela and|
Mary to just sit and ponder.
| || The truck part has been found and installed. |
We are curious as to how one gets a "ROMA…." license plate.
|8/05: Jelka and Mario have agreed to|
meet us at the gas station next to the Mercator Grocery in Capljina; they
will bring veggies for our ‘clients.
| || Then off to the camp in|
Domanovici; Mama Darija has fixed a tomato dish and is busy serving at the
|We tell Ana that we have brought stuff,|
including tooth paste and tooth brushes.
| ||Ana is quick to tell|
us that she will certainly accept the tooth stuff but will wait to use same
until her teeth show up better.
|Snjezana just smiles and seems to say "I just|
can’t figure out these grown ups".
| ||8/8 When we are out grocery shopping we|
always seem to keep an eye out for a particular ham; it is the one wrapped
in a silver paper and produced by a particular company; we usually buy
slices from it.
Joseph spots one, a whole
Joseph delivers the meat there to one of our favorite priests, Father
We meet after Mass with Nisha and
| || A new signboard has suddenly appeared|
on the church property!
Don’t know whose idea.
Cute but we wonder why it is just in English.
We had received a phone call from Zorica to tell us that she and the husband along with the
We have brought food and our good bys.
We want to wish everyone good luck and give our
| || The kids are lining up to say|
goodby and to get and give a 5 minute or so hug to Mary.
|This is the bestest hug!|| |
| ||Oh, oh , we see tearing.|
|And the fellows take a turn.|| |
| ||Gabriela gets right in there.|
|Make it last and|
last; it will be a long long time before we see you again.
| ||Please remember your friends here. We|
pass a business card to Gabriela so that she can contact us ‘just in case.
| The trailer is gone; the place is|
stripped, bridges are burned, no turning back now.
| ||We stop by Domanovici and admire the lovely|
dress on Ana.
|August 15; Feast of the Assumption.|
The fellows were hoping we would remember them.
| ||A good reason to visit the fellows at the 4|
|Not only food but shirts and shorts and|
toiletries and socks all find a good home.
| ||The caps go fast but this one that Joseph now|
sports was just not grabbed at!
Joseph now models and shortly some one
|Bob and Joseph may be reaching for the same|
We know they are not
| ||Mario asks "May I have another food bag? I have taken in|
"No, food bags are only for those who come here to receive them.
"No, she was homeless and I am helping".
|Maja’s 16th birthday! Maja|
(daughter of Ivan and Marina) has written
an article and it appears in the Medjugorje Glasnik Mira!
| ||Aug. 19: Some of us just hate to leave Medjugorje!|
|However we are available to travel to a|
nearby village and dine with Vinka’s relatives!
| ||Vinka and brother|
and two sister Sisters gather for a great feast.
|Do hope that Sister is not playing, what was|
that latest one, ‘turtle crossing the road?
| ||A family portrait.|
|Mary, Mary, where have you been? We have not|
seen you in any of the pictures?
Oh yeh, you took the pictures.
Zeljko Barbaric from Siroki Brijeg; we met him this past February?
We three approached him after the Mass and he was surprised to see
|Medjugorje has its very own DRONE!|
And you can buy your very own with a decent camera and maybe an extra
had this image on their web site; it is a night time image of the Youth
| ||We view some of the DVDs’ of the Youth|
Festival; our Franciscan priests and seminarians are really ‘jiving!
| || 8/28: While back in ‘waltz land Bob, finally in an upright picture,|
smiles with our friend, Suzanne.
|And then we go dine at the Brotnjo in Citluk;|
Mary & Bob, Father Kevin, Suzanne and Joseph.
Oh, is that free platter of
| ||At the new ’round about between Medjugorje|
and Citluk, a statue has appeared; it is of our Blessed Mother with the baby
Jesus in her arms.
Beautiful; we do not know who is responsible.
We make a visit to Jelka, drop off some
We pick up some peppers, potatoes and other items from there.
| ||A stop is made to see Jagoda; she has a|
bouquet for us; we have groceries for her.
|Then on to Dragica and her daughters (they|
have a bouquet for us!).
Antonia is to be married in December; the next
| ||Then on to the two sisters, Ilka and Anica. |
Bob wants to check in with the tree being used now for holding up the
The tree is about the same age as Bob so Bob is glad
|Ilka is so glad to|
see company; Anica is content to just sit and wait.
| ||Mary and Ilka chat a bit.|
Did you bring ??
Yes we did.
|We arrange to meet Dijana and son, Ivan|
at the gas station.
Ivan has a knack for auto mechanics and Joseph encourages that route by
bringing Ivan a beautiful set of mechanic tools!
| ||8/31: Three guys pounding the keys! |
Tim is donating a lap top and the other two guys are probably wishing it
would be theirs!
But no, there is a local fellow who, we are sure, would
Thank you Tim!
OK we are here at the Capljina
| || Everybody grab a box or a bundle and follow|
Suzanne into the Community room.
|In overload, one of the local boys volunteers.|| |
| ||Dijana and Mary are setting up the displays|
of the clothing and the shoes and the toiletries.
Big day is tomorrow!
|We will be ready for the rush by the needy|
| ||Zeljana is always ready to volunteer; to|
|Looking better; we have brought book bags |
and the church is also providing some; theirs have the school supplies
already in their bags along with a good sweater.
| ||Flour and oil and sugar and yeast and|
potatoes etc. is in position.
|9/02: Tuesday; the crowd has gathered. |
Jelka and family have already delivered bags of potatoes, peppers, onions
The local store has already delivered bags of flour and oil.
| ||Let us see; where are you on the list? Did we|
get your family shoe sizes?
|Our volunteers are here again today.|| |
| ||Sure, we can help. And we see that Luka|
is taking up his position.
|Well, that’s over; every thing is gone; every|
one has gone. Now it is up to the clean up crew to put everything back to
That is Maja handling the broom.
| ||Sept. 4|
Luka is chosen to be the recipient
Good luck Luka.
|The group at Domanovici has gotten an OK from|
the local school (it is just down the street). The two kids will both
be entering first grade.
They are excited; everyone is excited!
We have brought bags and school supplies (and food).
| ||Andreja is with us today. The kids are|
checking to see what all is in the bag.
|Oonagh and Joseph are also part of the team;|
the kids could not be happier.
| ||Joseph has brought classy pencil boxes!|
the school stuff.
| ||Marijano’s big smile comes forth when he|
finds that he will be able to receive some funding for that all important
trip to Sarajevo to the eye specialist.
The Capljina eye doctor has
|A real nice fellow; talented in sketching but|
now sees limitations as he finds his eyesight is disappearing.
| ||We can never forget the camp in Stolac; we|
are very happy that Zorica and family have not moved after all; it would
have been better for them if they had made it.
They made it to the
Zorica phoned to give us the news!
| The trailer is gone; the home has to be put|
back together with whatever can be found.
| || A stove is in position but not too much|
proper wood can be found in this area.
|But the stove does find use as a good place|
to sit and rest and talk.
| ||We have brought edibles.|
|We have brought help along with the food.|| |
| ||Zorica and family line up in front of their|
new possession, a car.
It looks pretty good on the outside but the inside
Zorica has already phoned; the car will not start in the mornings; can we
We are all too familiar with pushing cars to get them started; it is a
Matthew comes to visit; he is
| ||What is the excitement?|
Who can be in that
|It’s Janet; our mentor. Their answer to|
their prayers for the last 10 years or so.
| ||Dijana and family are so very happy to see|
Janet again; everyone is crying.
|Janet settles in; just like old times. |
So much to catch up on; so much to see, so much to hear.
| || Sharing life’s happenings|
from both sides.
|Zeljana rushes to show Janet her laptop!|| |
| ||Janet gets to see the Confirmation pictures;|
| A real family|
portrait; created out of love and respect.
| || Later at a|
restaurant Bob wipes away the tears and
beams with happiness at the dessert display.
|Joseph is just happy to be in Janet’s company|
The house at Domanovici; some shoes
We hear that their teacher has really really welcomed them as new
A good start.
|Ajlana shows off the new sneakers.|| |
| ||Ana wants so very much to thank Joseph for|
the beautiful pencil box.
|And everyone wants to see and be very|
impressed by Ana’s new hair do.
| ||Marijano and Janet have a chat at the table.|
|Next stop! Janja and Teresa and Niki. |
They have continued to pray for Janet daily. We do believe that
prayers from families such as these are placed ‘first in line.
| ||Niki always wants to ‘scoot over and be next|
to Joseph especially for the picture taking.
We note that Father Peter Rookey has just passed away.
from the Xlibris Book Information
Oct. 12 is Father Rookey’s birthday (he was 97 years
|One of our favorite priests; one of our|
We always add our special intentions just before the
Thank you Father Rookey.
A blessing that Father Rookey agreed and Mary arranged for Ivan (our
Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your
Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, St.
Prayer © 1993 Peter M. Rookey and Servite
| ||Sept. 12|
Three of our very best friends
|Mary and Janet; we all admire Janet so very|
much for her spunk, her sharing, her ‘getting it done’, she has been and is
an example to us all. "The lamp might be moved, but the light is still on!"
Thank you Janet.
| ||And more friends are waiting!|
|Today is ‘shoe-day’; thank you Oonagh!|
But we have brought, we think, all kids sizes.
| ||Spare donated luggage is brought filled with|
clothes bought and or donated by many many pilgrims.
The kids are
We are ‘taken back when we spot the kids on the floor taking turns with the
sharp knife; stabbing into the bread (and later the cheese and cold cuts).
No one has eaten this morning; the school kids can look forward to lunch
The deli is good enough to put these kids food items ‘on the
We understand better how much this ‘sharing is needed.
| Sheila also maybe has received a contract?|
We do hope that this is
Mary knocks on Jagoda’s door;
Where is Jagoda?
|Joseph arranges a tree branch to hold the|
bags up away from any animals.
| ||There she is! Just down the street. |
Gathering twigs to start the fire.
Jagoda goes through joy and then
|Jelka and family have been wanting to build a|
pig pen and smoke house.
They have done the investigating, have planned
| ||What a team!|
|And Joseph; he is looking for a use to put|
this lovely flowering plant of Jelka’s to good use!
Does it enhance?
| ||We have arranged to meet Sergio; he had|
called and let us know that he has some funds to return to Joseph. The
loan is being paid ‘on time as we knew it would be.
Alexandra is back! She has been
Already working today Alexandra has picked up a
Thank you all, so very much!
| ||Bob gets a ‘glad to be back hug from|
|And we start sorting and planning and|
checking the needs lists.
| ||Beautiful handiwork; so many will be so|
|Ready to bag, ready to deliver!|
Marko returned for his Tuesday appointment;
| The adventures of Marijano!|
The doctor in
| Marko went with him; they|
had the appointment on a Friday; the doctor advised against the
operation at this time (it will be a last resort) and made a further
appointment for the following Tuesday. Marijano was calling us every
few hours to report the feedback and to ask for advice.
Saturday the two fellows met up with a Sarajevo friend at
| They went back to the cafe; explained the problem;|
called the local friend; called us in tears; bothered our sleep that night;
we figured it was picked and gone; we prayed.
Marijano could not believe that anyone would steal that! We had always
assumed that no one could top a Romani gypsy guy as far as being ‘street
The two returned home, broke, no
We have seen Marijano and he has returned the
End of story; just had to share.
Prayers are always being answered!
Love is always being shown!
Faith is always being shared!
We are excited!