Nicaragua 2018

I honestly had to keep reminding myself that this was reality and not a dream. (The 100* F+ also helped me realize that this was indeed happening) I was back in Nicaragua rushing all over the place with my little sister Deborah.

The fact that she hears wedding bells ring the end of May made this trip even more special. One last escapade with my little sis as a single woman πŸ™‚

Our flight home got in during the wee hours of the morning, so we tried desperately to strike up conversation with each other to hold sleepiness at bay.

Me: so what was your favorite part of our adventure?

Deb: I don’t really know. It was all fun.

Few minutes of silence, then:

Deb: what was your favorite part of our trip?

Me: I don’t know. It was all fun.

We are very chatty at 2:30 in the morning. πŸ™ˆ

The truth is- the entire trip was a highlight. So without further adieu, here are a few pics from our journey.

Deborah hasn’t been gone for quite a year, so it was easy to slip right back into her Nicaragua slot, catching up with her friends, remembering the best food in town, best coffee shops, fabric shops etc.

I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen the Garrobo that lives in the eaves of the girl’s house until this trip. These fairly large reptiles are supposedly a delicacy in soup. Anybody interested in coming for supper? πŸ™‚

Our visit to the Pacific was another must πŸ™‚ so beautiful!

Deb and I caught a bus to Esteli and spent some time with Delmar and Sarah. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing their world.

The agriculture in Nicaragua has me fascinated. The rice is really growing. (Volcano Mumbotumbo in the background)

We discovered a dairy farmer right up the road from Sarah’s house. The cows didn’t seem to bothered by the gringas that were watching the goings on πŸ™‚

Another super fun evening was a birthday party for one of Deb’s friends. We roamed all over the city collecting things for our mini garden obsession. I’m enamored by how you can take the same ingredients, give them to different people, and come up with such unique end results. These ladies were such good sports and so creative!

Feb 14 in Nicaragua is “the day of love and friendship”. And caught up in the spirit of the festivities of the day, we made cut-out sugar cookies for the project at children’s church. This in theory is a lovely idea. Reality is that cutting out heart cookies on a 95* counter top is hectic at best. Bless Jody for helping salvage that near calamity πŸ™ˆ It was so much fun watching the children decorating their cookies. Even if they did occasionally lick their icing knives before sticking them back into the icing bowl πŸ˜†

Little hands, shoe-less feet, lonely eyes looking back at me

Will we leave behind the innocent to grieve

On their own, on the run when their lives have only begun

These could be our daughters and our sons

And just like a drum I can hear their hearts beating

I know my God won’t let them be defeated

Every child has a dream to belong and be loved

Boys become kings, girls will be queens

Wrapped in Your majesty

When we love, when we love the least of these

Then they will be brave and free

Shout your name in victory

When we love, when we love the least of these

When we love the least of these

-Audio Adrenaline

I know this sounds a little crazy given my single status, but Valentine’s Day really stood out to me. In fact I’m challenged to practice this day of love and friendship quite often- To show love to the least of these.

Faith, hope, Love. But the GREATEST of these is love.

Happy Valentines Day, a bit late this year. πŸ’ž

Go share some of Christ’s love,

Kendra

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