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We are the SUNY Rockland Community College chapter of Habitat for Humanity!
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Jun. 5th, 2009 @ 09:30 pm Christina's entry
Feeling: cheerfulcheerful

But I am so glad we are all hanging out <3

...........I LOVE YOU GUYS !!!
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May. 23rd, 2009 @ 08:14 am LAST DAY!!!!!!!! -Christina Tania Jessie Lizzie Laura
We are all extremely sad to leave.  We really would have loved to had stayed and seen the finishing touches put on the house.
We met so many amazing people with big hearts and warm personalities. ~ Lizzy

Wow! The week flew by, and I had a really great time, I'm soo glad I decided to go on this trip! Many strong friendships were built and we all have big plans to keep in touch and hang out during the summer! I wish we had stayed a few more days to see the walls get up, and it would have even been better to see the whole house done! But we all know that our names are literally written on the walls. I think I am going to continue my work with Habitat for Humanity because this was a wonderful experience! :)  ~JESSIE

I love our humble abode and I love everyone here ! - Christina

Bye Louisiana !
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May. 21st, 2009 @ 05:58 pm A wall is up!
Feeling: happyhappy
The progress on this house is amazing.  I have put in more nails than I can count; all of us have.  The flooring is done -- everything but the porch.  One wall is up.  We all signed little messages on it.  It's just so exciting to be a part of this.  

Mr. Harrison, the person we're building for, turned to me and said it will be sad when we leave.  I think I will feel sad too.

Right now we're enjoying some down time before dinner.  French toast and sausage! :) 

I'm very proud of how well everyone is working together.  Already I hear students talk about the Habitat trip next year!
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mrs K
May. 21st, 2009 @ 12:06 am Christina & Josh Entry
Feeling: sleepysleepy
Hi Everyone:)

Hi Deb and John! We MIss You...

It has been a long and thrilling journey filled with multiple highs and lows, as each obstacle we

Hi, Christina is taking over the keyboard because Joshua is turning this into one of his SGA speeches.

On Sunday we got here. My ears were not popping for 3 hours after the plane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joshua tried multiple ways to pop my ears but it was as he says "an epic fail."  We went to Walgreens and walked to the post office.  And we probably called Chad.

Monday: On Monday we went to Riverwalk and French Quarters and toured New Orleans it was a lot of fun.  We went on a tour and Josh was kind of rude because he kept leaving while our tour guide was explaining things to take pictures of banana trees and little boys chasing pigeons.  And we probably called Chad.

Tuesday: Tuesday was our first day of building. Joshua was very manly and did a lot. Christina used a saw for the first time and attempted to use a hammer. We set up the wood they needed to construct the framework for the floor plan.  We went to a park at night which was a lot of fun. It was really pretty as the sun set.  Joshua also made friends with a fisherman.  And he decided to embrace his femininity and wore Christina's cute gray sweater :).  Then we went home and probably called Chad
PS: We missed being on the boat

Wednesday: Happy birthday Chad!  <3333333333333!    Today we built some more.  Christina got really burnt in the sun.  Josh even got a sunburn, but there was no pain so he claims.  Christina also has a blister on her ear from the sun it is pretty disgusting.  Work was fun.  We had our ice breakers in the park (yes Deb we are doing ice breakers) and that was a lot of fun because we had to say nice things about everyone and we realized how much we all love each other :).  And then Chad called us :)

So we are having a lot of fun with everyone here it has been great so far and it is more than halfway ovrer!!!! We are gong to go to bed since we are waking up early to build.

Joshua and Christina

Joshua is feeling the SGA blues big time
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May. 20th, 2009 @ 05:31 pm Alanna
Feeling: cheerfulcheerful
I spent the day cooking and cleaning instead of building but its still helping! I couldn't move I was so sunburnt and my throat was swollen so I slept until 11. I got up and then started to chop pico de gayo for Ms. Diva. :) After I could move my arms a little more, I started spreading and making sandwiches. It was awesome- I basically prepared a bunch of food and spent the time working talking with Jason, Ms Diva's nephew.

I'm in much higher spirits. My legs are still very sore but not nearly as bad as they were before and everything has basically stopped stinging.

Happy happy joy joy ^^

I'll be back to work building the house tommorrow. I still can't believe I'm in Louisiana. XD

Hi Mommy! Hi Lenny!

xoxo Alanna
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May. 19th, 2009 @ 06:09 pm its Jessie!
(It's Jessie)

Today was the first day we actually started habitat work.  It was a lot of hard work that included lifting, using power tools such as saws, and nailing.  I learned many new handy things, and had a great time, although it was very tiring..The people (leaders) that were helping us today (Laura, Dann) told us that we will most likely have the full frame of a house before we leave, and I really hope that that happens so we can see how much we really have helped. I already saw a big difference today!
I really love this place, I'm not sure if it is the people or the place, but I think it is a combination of both.  We are currently eating a Southern dish called Jumbalia.. (not sure if i spelled that right) and it is DELICIOUS!!! 
Anyways, I'll be updating soon
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May. 19th, 2009 @ 05:15 pm Alanna: sunburnt but happy
Feeling: bouncybouncy
I'm sunburnt.

We started building a house today, at the foundation. My hands are so sore... I've never nailed so much wood at one time. (Hi crew! Its a school thing, I can't say it. You fill in the blanks XD)

I love living with people my age. Its brilliant. I didn't like it at New Paltz but we all get along so well that I'm really enjoying it. At first, I was hesitant to sleep in the same room at 14 or so other girls but its amazing. I'll be sad when its over.

I'm glad that we all live so close so I can chill with everyone when we get back to New York.

I really want to sing, still. There's rumor we might have a talent show. I wouldn't mind it :) as long as it was very informal XD

The boys are currently stuffing their faces. I'm going to go have story time with the girls.

PS Outdoor showers are amazing. I don't know how I'm going to take an indoor shower again.
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May. 18th, 2009 @ 07:43 pm Alanna: The Big Easy
Feeling: sleepysleepy

Its beautiful. And it wasn't expensive either. I'm so happy with it :) 

It feels like we've been here for weeks even though its barely been 48 hours. Today we went to the French Quarter, which was absolutely beautiful. Its very evident that it wasn't nearly as damaged as the rest of the city of New Orleans. We passed the Super Dome on our way and I have no idea how so many people fit comfortably in that place. I can't imagine my home literally being drowned in water. Its absolutely breathtaking here but I wouldn't be able to live here- the place looks so destroyed. It would depress me that I couldn't help more.

Tomorrow we're going to build. I'm excited.

We met loads of people today. This place is very much like seaside- everyone is laid back and amiable.

I miss singing. I wish I could go belt out a broadway tune and then come back and help but there's no where to go sing for a few minutes. I love how we're all near each other though. Its really awesome to be in a room with a bunch of girls that get along. I'm having so much fun. I've never felt so at ease with a group of people than I do now- for once everyone just seems happy to see each other. No backstabbing, no talking smack- the last time I was with a group of kids my age it was a childrens theater - everyone was cliquey and nasty. Its wonderful just being yourself around people and not having to keep a guard up.

I won a free ice cream today :) I guessed the author of a poet.

Peace out boy scouts :) 

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May. 18th, 2009 @ 08:43 am Monday morning and it's going great

This trip is going great so far.

Last night Jenna led us in a Skittles icebreaker.  Different colors represented different questions, such as a talent we wished we had, our biggest fear, or our favorite food.  After that we did 10min of quiet journal time where we reflected on a quote from the Habitat for Humanity founder, Millard Fuller.  Everyone was asked what part of the quote spoke to them, what they hoped for from the trip, and what brought them here.

Here was the quote from his book, The Theology of the Hammer:

"Our goal in Habitat is to completely eliminate poverty housing and homelessness.  We will accomplish that lofty goal by making shelter a matter of conscience.  Our intention is to make substandard housing and homelessness socially, politically, morally, and religiously unacceptable."

Many people chose to offer a little bit from their journal.  It was inspiring hearing the stories of personal loss or gratitude that brought people here.  I think we all left happier and closer.  The skittles helped! :)

Today we're going to checkout the River walk and go on a tour of the French Quarter.  General goals include eating cheese grits and buying a I heart New Orleans t-shirt. 

Tomorrow the work begins!


P.S. I ate Popeye's for the first time yesterday.  Hey, I am from San Diego... :)
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mrs K
May. 17th, 2009 @ 05:08 pm Lizzy!!
Feeling: sleepysleepy

So everyone who is close to me knows that I laugh at EVERYTHING!  Well, Jess and myself decided that we wanted to go get pillowcases for our stay.  They were quite the bargain!  When we arrived back at our "home" I opened up the pillowcase package and handed one to Jess.  I unfolded it and saw that it was Doll-sized! Oy, the funniest thing ever =] I laughed so hard that the boys in the other room heard me and came in to see what was so funny. xD  I'm still chuckling at it.  Who would have thought the pillowcase would have been that small!!
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