It is time for another post that is not organized by theme, but more a sharing of our photos over the past couple of months. We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to.
Our Estelí family came to visit for a few days. They had some time off from work, so they spent their days relaxing at our place. They are the easiest guests to have as they always had a delicious Nicaraguan supper ready when we got home from work. They are way too good to us! We enjoyed some hammock time as well as the World Series games.
We have enjoyed hosting friends, neighbors and students at our home. We did a pancake breakfast for supper that everyone seemed to enjoy.
At the end of November, Cassie headed to Edmonton and Calgary to present at a Restorative Justice Conference as well as other MCC functions. It was a full, but wonderful week away. In between our meetings and presentations, we were able to spend an afternoon in Banff and check out downtown Calgary. The trip was made even better as I was able to spend time with Marisa, a friend who left Nicaragua in August as well as a group of friends that visited last March. It was wonderful to catch up in the below zero weather.
We also went and spoke at two concerts to raise money for MCC’s work in peace building and HIV/AIDS projects. If you are looking for a Christmas gift, pick this cd up. It was recorded in an collaboration between individuals that work for MCC Canada, Guatemala and El Salvador. The music is beautiful!
Last week, we shared some chocolate cake with our neighbor friends Solkey, Derrick and Daniel. Since that day, Daniel continues to ask when he can come for more chocolate cake. It must have tasted okay!
We recently celebrated the culmination of five years of work at the seminary graduation. It was a joyful day for all. Above is part of the graduating class, they were our very first class that we taught at the seminary. We are excited for them, but will miss seeing their friendly faces. The above photo is us with our student Bayardo and his wife Teresa. They will be moving back to the Atlantic Coast in January. They have become close friends, coming over for coffee a few times a month and will be missed. We hope to visit them someday at their new church assignment.
Here are a few more pictures from graduation. Kevin is pictured with a good friend and previous student, Zapata. Here I am with one of our students daughters. I apologize for the sweaty face, a ninety degree room with a few hundred bodies just gets plain hot.
We celebrated the Purisima and Griteria in early December. This is said to be the biggest holiday in Nicaragua and is a weekend full of fireworks, gift giving and family gatherings.