July 25, 2013

Lately

I hope that this finds each and everyone of you doing well today.  I realized that we had a lot of pictures from our last couple of months that we hadn’t shared with you yet, so I thought I would put together a random post with our recent happenings.  If you are interested, I have done a few other posts like this: here and here.  Enjoy!

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Lately, we have been spending a lot of time with our neighborhood kids.  Whether we are reading, playing with the hose, putting together puzzles or playing soccer, it is always an enjoyable and exhausting time.  We wish that we could dedicate more time to our neighborhood.  Some days it is tough to arrive home from work at 5pm and have the energy to play for another couple of hours.  All in all though, we are totally blessed by these kids and are so glad to live next door.

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We have been enjoying lots of dinners with our Nicaraguan family, friends and students.  We enjoy hosting in our home as well as visiting the local fritangas together.

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We continue to teach at the Baptist Seminary and are thoroughly enjoying our current class.  Here are some mural pictures that we took in Estelí to use for the weeks that we were teaching on Human Rights and Gender Equality.

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We attended and celebrated Aleesia’s 2nd birthday.  It was Dora themed and we had a great time celebrating with her.

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We have been drinking A LOT of pitaya juice as it is in season and one of our favorites.  Isn’t this fruit absolutely gorgeous?

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We hosted a despedida (goodbye party) for our friends and colleagues, Adam and Marisa.  We are soaking up our last week together and are not looking forward to life in Nicaragua without them.

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We are trying to take advantage of living close to the ocean.  We don’t get there enough, but always enjoy swimming in the waves.

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We have enjoyed going to the new park in town with some of our Nicaraguan friends.  This playground is pretty incredible with many play sets, and fields and courts for almost all sports.  beats many in ‘America.

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We hosted a learning tour from Ohio for a few days in June.  Although we had people sleeping in all corners of the house (including our storage room), we enjoyed having them in our home and experiencing parts of Nicaragua with them.

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We participated in MCC’s Latin America Retreat which we hosted here in Managua.  We assisted with some of the planning, but were really able to enjoy our time interacting and learning from other workers in Latin America.  It is always a treat to learn about what other workers are doing and to share our joys and our difficulties.

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And last, but so special, our friend Chelsea came to visit for two weeks.  We had an incredible time together and it was such a gift to us that she came.

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