ASB 2014: Day 4, Day 5, and the Ride Home (Recap)

Day’s four and five consisted of dry wall and landscaping. We learned two things. First, installing drywall is not as easy or itchy as insulation. Second, dirt in Texas is not like dirt in Minnesota. You haven’t landscaped until you’ve landscaped in Texas. We worked hard those last two days, but we also had fun.


Grace hitched a ride in a wheelbarrow from Caroline.

And then, there was the fiesta. On Thursday night, the Laredo Habitat family put on a fiesta for the volunteers that were there for the week. Let me tell you, Iowa couldn’t handle this group. We won the dance off that Iowa didn’t know was happening.


J.D. got a dance with all of our ladies. Here he is with Hannah.

On Friday morning we took off for Minnesota, but first we stopped in San Antonio for a little shopping, a quick bite to eat, and a whole lotta selfies. Lonna, Matt, Jon, and J.D. along the Riverwalk.


Lonna, Matt, Jon, and J.D. along the Riverwalk!


Becca, Jake, August, Alex, Sara, Caroline, and myself at the Alamo!

Finally, we began the ride home. We did make it out of Texas, eventually, and then we watched Frozen (twice), slept a lot, and then basically woke up in Iowa!

All in all, this trip has been pretty great. We accomplished a lot as a group and made a lot of new friends. For me, these trips are a great way to expand your circles at college by sharing experiences and growth that only those on the trip will understand. It’s one of those “you had to be there” times. And this past week has been no exception.

This is my second ASB trip with Augsburg. Both have been very different and enriching. While I don’t know what next year will hold, I’m excited for the challenges to come and the friends to be made.

ASB 2015, here we come!


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We got to meet the owner of the house! (Day 3)


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ASB 2014: Day 3

Our day 3 consisted of… MORE INSULATION! We have officially finished insulating the house. Hopefully the house passed inspection tomorrow morning so we can begin installing dry-wall.

My group successfully mastered the staple hammer. We needed a few practice swings, but we quickly got the hang of it.

Today we were introduced to Frito pies. Frito pies are a bag of Frito chips with chili and cheese (smooth queso). Honestly, what’s better than chips with chili and queso??? Basically nothing.

This evening we ate at a local restaurant with traditional Mexican food. It was so good. We made a quick stop at Target for some (non) essentials… AKA ice cream.

Tomorrow is another day! Maybe we can catch the road runner that frequents the neighborhood!


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ASB 2014 Recap: Day 1 & 2

We arrived in Laredo, TX on Sunday evening. We got settled into our rooms, had a quick orientation and dinner with the Habitat staff and groups of students from Iowa State, and then spent the rest of the night hanging around.

Today we started our work in Laredo. We had a later start than usual because of some rain recently. But that didn’t slow us down! We were split into two groups for our work. One group is working inside on insulation and the other outside on siding and trim.

I am a part of the group working inside on the insulation. I’ve learned to dislike fiberglass. It’s itchy and get everywhere. There is a chance the fiberglass shards made it in my gum. But in all seriousness, insulating a house is hard work when you’re 5’4″. Try as I might, I can’t really help with the ceiling.

Tonight we’re doing a dinner at the Habitat for Humanity Center. After dinner we’re either going to downtown Laredo or walking down by the river.

All in all, I think there is a group consensus of being spent and/or exhausted… but NOT tired! Tomorrow is another day. More to come..

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ASB 2014

ASB 2014

And here we are now! The Augsburg ASB 2014 trip is officially headed to Lardeo, TX!

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A Week In Review

Well, as per usual, I did a poor job of keeping this updated daily. But as I lay on the top bunks on our sleeper bus, I’m flooded with memories from the trip. We’ve met amazing people, both from Augsburg and New Orleans, and will take the relationships and memories we’ve made with us beyond the trip. It’s amazing what a week can give you.

I think it’s almost better I didn’t write you a day by day summary of our activities because what happens really needs to be experienced and felt in person. I would definitely recommend this trip to other Auggies because it it’s a very unique trip and good use of a spring break.

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We’ve made it to New Orleans, been fed and washed, and now have some down time to ourselves. What journeys and missions will we take tomorrow? We will have to wait and see what day two holds!

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