Life in Nicaragua

A little bit of life

Things have been wonderfully busy here at House of Hope! We’ve had teams visiting working on plumbing, roofing and other general construction on our new buildings (that will eventually house more families), and we’ve also had teams come to work on sewing and paper bead making. I’ve been getting a lot of translating opportunities – and some great time with the women and children!

A view of one of the new duplex buildings

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Rat friends.

Ok, so those of you who have been following since the beginning, might remember my story about the infamous rat poop at the orphanage. Since I’d seen it before (even though it was oddly on the ceiling there) I didn’t think too much of it when I would find random pieces of it around my room. Yes, it grossed me out, but all in all, it’s small and I was distracted with my few tarantula run ins. UNTIL – I left a tomato out on my mini fridge one night, and left my room for a few hours and came back to this….

Sure, go right ahead

Well that freaked me out. I tried to pretend it was a small little thing – then a few night later I left a bag of bananas hanging on my window lock (yes, my bad) and after I saw this….

Don't mind me ;)

I knew he was a big ‘friend’ and I wasn’t feeling too comfortable. I was chatting in my doorway with one of the girls when she screamed and pointed up at the top of the wall….and there he was – his huge head and beady eyes. Needless to say, I slept with the light on, hoping he won’t come down to visit if he thinks I’m awake. Next item on the shopping list: poison or traps?? I’m not excited about either, but something has to happen.

I’ll keep you posted!

New life at House of Hope

Well, I don’t really know how to adequately describe this place…but I do know that I love it! This might be the best fit for me yet!

I’m still trying to come up with a way to describe all that goes on here, but I’m coming up empty handed. What I can say, is that one of the main things I love is that there are a lot of ‘tasks’ to get done. We have time to hang out and bond with the women and children, yet there is also plenty of things to constantly be ‘checking off the list.’ Even though there are a lot of mundane tasks, you’d be amazed at what goes into a ministry of this type – and you always feel like you had a really productive (and tiring) day – even if you did nothing that you had planned; things are constantly changing!


Two of the dorm girls, Sugey – 12 yrs old and Yemi (pronounced Jamie) – 12 yrs old, with the two baby peligueys (a mixed breed of goat and sheep)

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