April 11, 2016

We Have Got the Best

We seriously have the best community and support system that one could ask for.  We are so grateful to our friends and family who have been so supportive to us during our time living in Nicaragua.  While it has not been easy to be far away, while at times it can be lonely, we are so grateful for each and every day here.  Over the last couple of months, we were thrilled to welcome friends and family into our home and into our lives.

Our first visit started on the New Year when Kevin’s parents came to Nicaragua for two weeks.  We loved seeing Nicaragua through their eyes, eating all of the delicious foods that we have come to love and exploring the variety of landscapes that this country boasts.

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A few days later, my dad’s childhood friend and my second dad, Dave Foy, came to visit us.  We spent a long weekend together enjoying the seashore, colonial town of Granada and cigars of Estel√≠.  Dave was a welcomed visitor, very interested in learning about the politics, economics and culture of Nicaragua.

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Shortly after, my childhood friend Erin, her husband and in the womb baby, chose to ignore the Zika outbreak and instead enjoyed a week here in the Pacific part of Nicaragua.  We spent days together learning about the history of Managua, hanging out on Calle Calzada in Granada and soaking up the sun near the shores of Tola.  We were so grateful for their visit.

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In February, our great friends Eric and Nikki and their kiddos Matigan and Wyatt took their first international trip to Nicaragua.  They spent two weeks here with us, really getting to know what life is like for us here.  We spent time in Managua trying to avoid the heat, but making up for it with fresh white pineapple and cold smoothies.  We headed north to Matagalpa and explored and hiked through coffee farms, which is a common interest of Eric and Kevin.  We also spent a weekend on the beaches of San Juan del Sur and Rivas.  This visit was a very special one.

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During Semana Santa, our friends Andrew and Lynda and their little one came down to visit their family and also spent a few days with us.  Andrew and Kevin went to high school together and we all attended Dordt together.  We enjoyed hanging with this great couple and meeting Miss Sullivan.

To top it off, my mom and sister came down to Nicaragua on a last-minute trip.  We had planned to go to Cuba over Kevin’s spring break, but are still unable to travel outside of the country due to Estela’s (long) adoption process.  So instead, they graced us with a visit here.  It was Tia Shawna’s first time meeting Estela and we can all tell that they are going to be the best of friends.

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Again, we are grateful for our community of people that support us and cheer us on.  We only hope to do the same for you!

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