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Thursday, December 06, 2012

posted Dec 7, 2012, 6:35 AM by Gamer 3332   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 6:36 AM ]
Friends and family

We hope all of you are doing very well and things are good there.  God is so very very very good here.
We are well, healthy, happy and having a fantastic time.

Yesterday we spent the whole day at graduations at Belcer’s School.  We have been to a number of graduations but I have to say that these were so special and the day was, to say the least, fantastic.

In the morning there was graduation from elementary school.  Deb had a sponsored student, Maura, graduate.  She is an adorable girl and Deb had met her only once before and had never met her family.  So say the least it was emotional and joyous when she got to be with them.  After graduation we all went to Tip Top (Pollo muy bien!!  Muchas gracias Mike U.)  After we got back to the church and were getting ready for the afternoon graduation Maura showed up and invited Deb to come and be with her family at her home.  Deb thought about for about a nano second and said yes.  She and Dixie had quite an experience walking to the house with the translator and spent a wonderful time just being in the home, sharing with the family, eating cake (after all it was a graduation party.  FIESTA!!!) and taking in all that sensory overload that comes with being at a place that is so much different from what we are used to.  Also it is so awesome to be so accepted into the homes and literally the families.

After graduation in the afternoon Jane was able to go out with her girl (and believe me daughter would not be too strong of a word to use here) and be with Heysell, Blanca (her other daughter) and their parents.  A wonderful supper at El Eskimo and a fantastic time spent sharing, laughing, loving, hugging, and being with family was what it was all about.

Ray got to meet the parents and family of his sponsored girl Ninfa and after graduation went with them to a restaurant called Popeye’s (not the chicken place).  It was a very interesting local restaurant and was kind of a combination restaurant and zoo.  It was very interesting to say the least but the time spent sharing  was, again, fantastic.  To be able to sit and share lives and stories with these families is an experience that will live in our hearts forever.  They are so open and sharing and so accepting of us.  We are truly blessed.  Also, it is so interesting to find that their families are not that much different than our’s.
OK it is Thursday now and to get it over with early for Jim Hooley we had STEAK tonight for supper.

We spent the day today in the cities of Granada and Masaya.  While in Granada, the oldest city in Latin America, we took a boat ride out to the islands.  Deb wanted to see a monkey in a tree and she got more than that and actually got one to come up to the boat and feed it!!!  Very cool stuff.
After the boat ride we went for lunch and did some walking around the main square of Grenada.  It is a beautiful place and we had a blast..  After that we stopped at the market in Masaya and did some shopping.

Tomorrow we are off to Oscar’s school for a graduation and then to Nueva Vida to do some more reconnecting.
We are so blessed to be here and are so thankful for all of you that are praying for us and waiting for us back home.  Please keep praying for us and our brothers and sisters here.  This is an incredible experience.

Here is the link for the pictures.  If it doesn’t work go to the Nicaragua Resource Network facebook page and look for LaGrange 2012 December.  

Dios te bendiga
Jane, Deb, Dixie and Ray
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