Monday, June 30, 2008

Saying Good-Bye

The end of June has come and our lease is up at our old house today. I will be happy to have the back and forth stuff between two houses over. Although part of me is sad that I am leaving for good the house that I have lived in for 3 years. That is the longest I have ever lived in one place. Happily though we brought over some of the plants that Aimee and I planted almost three years ago. The soil at our new house is better and I hope that our plantains and sweet oranges will grow a little faster. I’m thinking about starting a small garden with a few other vegetables to see what will happen.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dreams Becoming Reality

6 years ago when I first started coming to Nicaragua my dream was to someday do teacher training for Nicaraguan teachers. This last week part of that dream became a reality. For the past week I have been with Mosaic church from Charlotte, NC in San Rafael del Sur making my dream a reality. A team of teachers and a construction crew stepped onto the campus of New Jerusalem Christian School and did some amazing things. Each afternoon teachers from 4 different schools took part in workshops that were designed to be as interactive and engaging as possible. Nicaraguan teachers learned how to use some new math manipulatives that many of them had never seen before. They also saw some creative ideas for teaching map skills and even read some Big Books in Spanish during the Literacy class. All in all the teachers were delighted to see some new things and share ideas among themselves. This team has opened the door for many more BIG things to happen. I look forward to seeing God at work in teachers in various ways in the near future. Here is a link to some pictures from the week.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lights on Lights off

We moved out of our old house almost one month ago. Just a few days after we moved out the power went off in the house. At first we thought that it was just the normal power cuts to the sector that we often experienced. Once we realized that it was just our house and that it was not getting better we called the power company. They said they'd send someone out. Long story short with many, many phone calls and visits to the power company and over two weeks later we called a private electrician. Pablo was amazing. He fixed the whole problem including a trip to the market to buy the right cable in less than an hour. Pablo did tell me that it was no wonder we had no power the cable from the transformer to the meter had been cut and patched several times and was in bad shape. Thanks a million Pablo for turning our lights on again. Now the guests who are staying in our house can eat their dinner in the light. :-)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Class of 2008

Last week I had a glorious opportunity to visit my family in Texas. I had the honor of attending my youngest sister's graduation from High School. This was the first time in I don't know how long that my entire family mom, dad, brothers and sisters were all together in one place. It was such a nice time. We mostly hung out and shot the breeze. My lil sis Bethany even helped me pick out a brides maid dress for a friend's wedding later this year. Family is such a precious gift and all too often taken for granted. I love my family.