We took R, R2, and Mamma D to Loyola Refugee Day. R2′s sister came along as well. I’m glad we got to go on an outing with Mamma D, we weren’t sure how much she got out of the apartment. She seemed to have a really good time!!! She knew several of the people there and enjoyed the dancing and crafts. She doesn’t seem to have as much control over the boys as she would probably like, but she seemed to enjoy herself. I’m just so glad that she came with us. Her two younger kids did not come, we didn’t see O and S said he had a pick up soccer game at 5 so he didn’t want to come. I think that the family really has settled into their life and they all seem to be doing pretty well. I’m glad that we got to know them, I don’t think we did very many things to actually help them but I think that they liked having us around once in a while. Mamma D was appreciative of our homework help and I think we did help the kids with some essential study skills. Working with them made me appreciate people who are learning English. It is such a complicated language! I feel like I’ve gained a new confidence from working with the family as well. It was nerve-wracking at first but I got more comfortable each time we went and I think that I’ve learned how to handle myself in those types of situations. What a fabulous experience!