So, friends, hopefully you have noticed that I haven’t had a post in a while. I’ve been on another ‘trip of a lifetime’ (to Padre Ramos, Nicaragua) and returned earlier this week. Before I left, I assumed that I would be racing back to put words to the experience; that hasn’t been the case. Life is always a surprise, huh?
I’ve been remembering all that I saw last week, to be sure; and the faces of those sweet and gentle people have played like a movie in my head. I just have not yet known what to do with all that I saw and experienced. As one friend put it, I’m letting things marinate.
I saw beautiful things and sad things and lived remarkable moments. I shot hundreds of photos, though I fear they won’t capture what I witnessed. So . . . I guess I just need a bit of time to figure out what to do with the experience. Just like editing photos, I am requiring some time and space to put things into the right light and figure out just how to tell the stories. What do I leave in? What do I leave out? So, I'm thinking.
I know some things that I want to tell you, for sure, so I believe they will be this Friday’s list. Here are a few of the things I want to share with you about my trip to Nicaragua (in coming posts) - a bit of a ‘sneak peek’!
I want to tell you about:
- Working with friends who have little, serving friends who have nothing.
- Hammocks and ‘Nica’ time.
- The colors.
- The challenges and gifts of not carrying along my ‘real’ camera.
- Learning that humor needs no language.
- What I learned about trust from those who don’t ‘hold on.’
- Why I’ve spent a good portion of this week ‘unsubscribing’ from all that I can.
- Zip-lining and Hannah Montana helmets.
- The magic of seeing a country from the back of a Toyota truck.
- The ‘Bread Lady’ and the funny dollar store glasses.
- How children who live in a dump reaching for an orange have better manners than American children in a fast food restaurant fighting over french fries.
- That even toddlers can have a servant’s heart.
- The benefits of being somewhere where the stars have no lights to compete with for stage time.
- The things that make our world seem so small.
- Folks who think nothing of a farm animal walking through their conversation.
Thanks for your patience, folks. I look forward to sharing with you. I thank you for your prayers, support and questions. I loved being a traveler again and I can’t wait to tell you about it!