Blog posts : "Updates 2016"

November 2016

November 4, 2016

The wind has shifted to the north, and although it is still hot and humid, our rice is ripening and we are now beginning to harvest a bumper rice crop. We plant so that the paddies do not ripen all at once, to give the harvesters time to harvest meth…

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October 2016

October 21, 2016



Sarnelli House is a pretty darn busy place! The 120 kindergarten, grade and junior high kids are on their midyear school vacation. The 24 junior high and vocational students have been on their break for a while now. All are…

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August 2016

August 24, 2016


I arrived back at Thailand’s green shores on July 28. It was great to get home, and see all the kids and the workers. I had the July 30 Mass for the kids; that day being my 78th birthday. Despite a huge rain (which …

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July 2016

July 28, 2016

Greetings to you all! Rice planting has begun and our staff, older children and volunteers have all been out in the fields at various times, knee deep in muddy water, bending to plant the rice seedlings into the ground. They are committed to the task…

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June 2016

July 9, 2016

Many things have been going on at Sarnelli House. After ten weeks of holidays, the children returned to school in the middle of May. We have 156 children at the moment and only 11 of them stay home because they are too small to go to school.  So orga…

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May 2016

May 13, 2016

The kids had a nice long school vacation, and now they have gathered back here to begin the new school term, around May 16. There are clothes to be bought; names and class designations to be hand sewn on shirts and blouses. New shoes; new school bags…

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April (เมษายน) 2016

April 5, 2016



April 13-16 is Thai New Year, and people go to the temple or to Mass and then begin pouring water on the elderly and throwing water on everyone else. The hot season is in the forties already (Celsius)…

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March (มีนาคม) 2016

March 15, 2016



I tell everybody that everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I also find out that this is definitely not true! Anyway, watch out for the green beer.

March 4 was the las…

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February (กุมภาพันธ์) 2016

February 14, 2016


Happy Valentine's Day to all!

We had a great Valentine’s Day party for the kids. Only Ole and I were here; no volunteers or guests. The kids wanted egg noodles with red pork, etc. They also had cake from our bakery, pop an…

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January (มกราคม) 2016

January 27, 2016

We read about all that snow and cold and we saw the snowy horrors in other lands on TV, here in Thailand! Here, in the northeast, it is bitter cold, and they had snow in Laos, north of us, yesterday! The cold season held off for two months or more, b…

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