This blog is a long time in coming – but please believe the heartfelt thanks that is behind it. Right in time for the holiday season!
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Psalm 95: 2-3
So here I am, back in Nicaragua again, after two weeks visiting friends and family in the States, and I can’t even begin to express how truly blessed I felt getting on the plane back to Central America.
Throughout this year, my fellow staff members here at New Song have each taken trips back to the US, bringing back stories of their friends and families, and hordes of chocolate to last until their next journey to comfort-food heaven. Up to this point, though, I hadn’t left Central America, choosing to renew my Visa in Costa Rica while visiting my old haunts there.
I was nervous to go back, nervous about how I would feel leaving Nicaragua, nervous about shattering the illusion of my life in Chichigalpa, nervous about how cold the weather would be, nervous about reverse culture shock. In truth, as excited as I was to see everyone, I didn’t want to leave because I knew how quickly the remainder of my time would go once I came back.
Nevertheless, I packed my bags, arrived at the airport, and began my epic journey.
Those that saw me in the States know how crazy my two weeks were, full of road trips (Chattanooga, Atlanta, Kentucky, Durham, Philadelphia, Montreal!), coffee, and (thankfully) pretty decent weather. I was so busy, I almost forgot to miss Nicaragua!
Honestly, I went to bed so many nights just so grateful for the people in my life, smiling ear to ear from the day’s adventures. In this whirlwind trip, I was able to reconnect with old friends, go trick-or-treating with my nephew, take my sibling on a “college” trip to Montreal, and help one of my very best friends pick out her wedding dress…every single one of those experiences I treasure, knowing that those very moments are like so many others I have had to forfeit while living a life outside of the US.
I am so very very grateful for you guys….for all of you that I saw as I whirled by, and for all of you I wasn’t able to connect with while blowing through town….and so very very grateful to all of you who have made it possible for me to finish out my year in Nicaragua.
That’s right I AM FUNDED TO FINISH OUT THE YEAR IN NICARAGUA!
The bittersweetness of leaving Nicaragua was coupled with the immense relief of the knowledge that I would soon be coming back, that two weeks of travel would culminate in a return to my home of the past year. Although still a little short of the projected fundraising goal, it’s close enough to make staying through January possible.
Thanks to you guys….
…I will see my kids here finish the school year
…I will be there when my seniors graduate
…I will celebrate birthdays with them
…I will celebrate the holidays with them
…I will make sure they are prepared for the next step in their lives
…I will have 3 more months living life alongside New Song and the people that make up our community.
And that is no small thing.
Thank you to everyone of you who made my trip to America so great, and thank you to everyone of you who is making my precious time in Nicaragua possible.
You guys. You’re awesome. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂