Tuesday, December 31, 2013

They just keep coming!

This morning I received an email from the shipping service in Florida. There are now 30 lbs of shoe donations waiting to be shipped!!! Can you believe it?? THIRTY POUNDS OF SHOES!

I'm looking forward to the shipment to arrive (they hold them until there is at least 20 lbs, to consolidate on cost) just after the new year. I'm excited for what is in store for our athletes of Roatan, both young and old.

Thanks for everyone who has contributed, shared the message and taken the time to give back to the community I call home. In a way, I feel a benefit as well, strengthening the distance between us, and giving me a sense of connection with all of you, even though we're thousands of miles apart.

 Keep it up, ever shoe counts!

Shipping address:
1335 NW 98TH COURT UNIT# 9
DORAL, FL 33172

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Expats Blog Shout Out!

2 of my favorite fellow Roatanian blogrrrls are fiercely competing for our 'home' country of Roatan, in the Expatsblog.com Awards 2013 Expat Blog Awards 2013 Contest Entry.

Ironically, they're the only 2 entered to represent THE WHOLE COUNTRY!

Check out their entries; 

The Top 7 Excuses for Getting Sucked into 'The Vortex' aka: Roatan

Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Expat in Honduras

Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Expat in Honduras - See more at: http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/775/top-10-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-becoming-an-expat-in-honduras#sthash.D0vDoAE9.dpuf
I wasn't on my game, this year. But look forward to participating next year! Cheers!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How many shoes do YOU have?

A few months ago, I was walking home from a local restaurant and pool up behind my house, after a lovely Sunday Funday/Day Off.  There were tons of locals gathered at the small soccer field back behind the property where I live.

I had seen the team once before, a couple of months prior, playing at a different field.  I remember them distinctly, as the team was all girls between the ages of 13-18 I would have to guess, all wearing nothing close to 'soccer attire'.  Most were wearing 'Keds' style shoes, some wore 'Croc' style shoes while others wore just socks and at least one of them wore only her bare feet.  Obviously they weren't wearing jerseys, pennys or shin guards either.

So when the guys around the netted dirt spot recruited me to play, pleading that one team was short a player, I looked down at my feet, which were sporting a cushy new pair of flip flops I'd ordered online and had someone bring to me in their luggage, looked back up at Cesar, the only one of the bunch I knew, and hesitated because I knew I could NOT say no!!!  If these girls can play in socks and bare feet, I'll manage in flip flops and soaking wet pool hair/clothes!

It was a blast, I immediately had a cheering section amongst the rest of the ladies playing the pickup game.  There didn't seem to be a lot of logic or strategy, which brought back memories of my Freshman Year of high school, where our team sucked so bad we took rocked the rep like we owned it.  Party girls with attitudes, smoking before practice, getting rides home from our graduated boyfriends,  and skipping school despite the fact our coach threatened to bench us every week.

The important part, for any of us, high school or Honduran, is that we had fun and it felt good.  The lessons that high school sports and team sports instilled in me is priceless.  It taught me how to work together, how to work hard and how to stick with it and not give up.

I didn't realize that it would affect me many years later, but in such a different way.  Hearing of kids and adults playing on uneven fields in the slums is something most of us only hear about, or see in the movies.  Though when you are faced with the conditions in real life, everything changes.  At that moment, I decided to change too.  I live in a country where many, many people face challenges each and every day that we (First World Citizens) take for granted.  Shoes is certainly one of them!!

I'm asking for help.  Not money.  Simply you taking the time to check your own closet, your kids' closets, your garage or mud room.  Perhaps that 'Goodwill' pile in the corner.  Mention it to a friend, neighbor or family member too.  All you have to do is put them in the mail.  Flat rate shipping can cost as low as $5.  I'll take care of the rest.

So please, take 10 minutes to gather adults and kid's sport shoes (tennis shoes, cleats, etc) and send them my way.  Your goodwill and generosity will surely put a smile on someone's face, and teach a lesson to last a lifetime.

Mail your gently used or new shoes of all sizes, colors and styles to:

SARAH H. DB# 462
1335 NW 98TH COURT UNIT# 9
DORAL, FL 33172 

Monday, Dec 16th, 2013 I received the first donation of shoes from an amazing group in Houston, Texas.  It's so exciting seeing the idea of giving in action!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Comments Comments Comments!

It was recently brought to my attention that the comments section of my blog was preventing <most> everyone from commenting on individual posts.

I've attempted to remedy it, but there's only 1 way to find out!

If you're a reader, and a fan please show your support by attempting a comment below. 


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Black Nativity?

It wasn't until we sat in the front row of the Church of God in Coxen Hole, and I read over the program, did I understand that 'Black Nativity' was not an island self-deprecating illustration, but a performance based on the original Broadway show, in the early 60's.

I grew up in a large church, with thousands of attendees, and each year the church put on a monstrous Christmas program for weeks leading up to the holiday.  It was called 'The Singing Christmas Tree', and it 'twas, a life size singing Christmas tree which towered over 100 feet in the air, with rows and rows... and rows of singers.  I searched for archives, and didn't find much, but here is an image of what we're dealing with.

The production was huge, and amazing.  In addition to the singing, it featured 2 hours of skits, sing-alongs, real live livestock, actors, lights, cameras, angels, live baby Jesus and prayer.  Even as kids, we arrived hours before the performance to meet an appointment in the makeup studio and the costume dept.  What a production!

I have many, many fond memories of this impressive collaboration, and find myself wishing I could watch it now, as I'm not certain the participants ever saw a complete performance.

Anyway, my childhood memories peaked my curiosity of the Black Nativity play here on the island.  Alex kindly obliged, and agreed he too, was looking  forward to see what was in store.

Fabulous Choir

One of the highlights of the show!  Cutest sheep ever!!

Shepards bantering

Entire Cast, sans sheep