August 8, 2012

Mi Hermana y Hermano

We recently wrapped up an incredible visit from my sister and brother. It meant the world to have them here, to talk face to face about the ups and downs of life here in Nicaragua and for them to experience it with us first hand. Our time was filled with conversation, howler monkeys, beans (too many for my sister), camping, volcanoes, card games (which resulted in bets for back rubs and smoothies), salty food (thanks to our dad's pallet), surfing, climbing the inside of a 10 story tree, time in the hammock, garden building (pictures to come), spanish practice, cloud forests and laughter.

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Together we learned about Nicaragua's history and culture through books, but more so through conversations with warm and generous friends and strangers (taxi drivers really like to talk!).  While my brother was here, he read through Blood of Brothers which I am currently working my way through. If you are interested in learning more about Nicaragua, we would recommend this as it is very thorough, well written and an enjoyable read.

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Kevin and I both feel incredibly blessed to call them our sister and brother. The time was better than we could have hoped for. For now, there is one sad sister in Managua.

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Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I just had to come by and see where y'all live in Nicaragua! My husband and I fly into Managua once or twice a year on a mission trip. We go from there to Nueva Guinea and then onto a very little village called La Union - way out toward the east coast. It isn't on the map at all.

I love Managua and Masaya! Praying for ya'll!

Cassie and Kevin Zonnefeld said...

Hi Beth,

Thanks for writing! That is soo great that you come here, but you are right, I am never heard of the town La Union. We are hoping to go and explore the east coast sometime. It sounds amazing. Thanks for your prayers!

Hannah said...

Hi Cassie & Kevin! Just stumbled across your blog from someone elses. I just recently went on a missions trip to Nicaragua and fell in love with the country. Is there an email address you guys have so I can chat with you about what you guys are doing? Thanks!

Cassie and Kevin Zonnefeld said...

Yes Hannah. Send me an e-mail at:

We look forward to hearing from you!