Holt’s House of Hope Update!!

In the first half of my hike I set out to raise funds for Holt’s House of Hope – Please see that page of my blog for more information.  My goal was to raise at least $2,189.00 or the same number of dollars for miles I would walk.  It’s so humbling and exciting to say that in the first half of my hike all of you out there made it possible for me to raise $3,234.78.  Isn’t that incredible and amazing.  It was so much greater than anything I had hoped for.  This has allowed Holt’s House to purchase so much on their wish list.  If you recall, here’s what they wished for…

“A learning center that would provide access to learning materials, books, technology resources, language learning software, and other opportunities that do not currently exist in this area. Needs in this area include adding hopefully 2 laptops to the learning center (approx. $400 each), purchasing books from their Amazon wish list (ranging from approx. $5 to $20 each), as well as Rosetta Stone language software (approx $150 each).”

Well they were able to purchase a Rosetta Stone immediately and use that on an office table for the boys to start using.  When more donations came in they were able to purchase the laptops and start ordering books.  Then they were able to purchase tables, chairs and stools.  Yesterday the learning center opened!!!  I am just blown away that you made this possible.  It is also so like God to help motivate me towards my goal by having the Holt’s House Update come out yesterday, my last day before starting my 2nd half of the trail.  And today I’m able to tell you, my first day back on the trail.

Here is the update and the pictures!!

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This is the original Rosetta Stone ordered and the picture I got by text in May.

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This was the staff starting to learn a few days ago before the actual library opened.

And NOW… Here’s the Learning Library open for business as of yesterday!!!

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And a few more pictures because it’s so exciting.

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Here is the link to the Facebook post if you want to see it or comment on the post directly.  And please feel free to share the post so others can learn about Holt’s House too!  https://www.facebook.com/1935817403310609/posts/2543128565912820/

Your faith and giving made this possible.  I am just so grateful!  Thank you so very much!!

I’m Back to “I’ll Be Back In 5…”

I am back on trail as of today!!  I’m starting in Carlisle, PA and heading north as fast as I can walk with Mt. Katahdin in my sights – not literally – but that’s where I am headed.  Please see all the details on “My Progress” page of my wonderful and adventure filled time off the trail May 27th until today.  I ask for your prayers as I head north.  I have 1,060 miles to go and the entire way until I am within 100 miles of the finish will be without visitors or interruptions.  That’s way different than how I hiked the first half of the trail.    I’m excited to start again and blog more.  I am going to post about Holt’s House in just a minute so stand by…