Life in Nicaragua


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow, there is really just so much to be thankful for. I’ve never really thought about how grateful I am that I was born in the place that I was. Of course I have thought about how thankful I am for my wonderful family and all of my amazing friends (and so much more), but the country I was born into? Sometimes I think it is to easy to forget how great we have it, because we don’t often look at how different it is for others.

One of the wonderful things about the beautiful people here in Nicaragua, is their love of their country and their people. Although they are surrounded by poverty, many raised in a war-ridden era, constantly facing incomprehensible hardships, their hope, laughter, and joy cease to amaze me. My time here is rapidly coming to an end, and with goodbyes in my near future….well, I can’t imagine leaving. These people have touched me deeply and taught me more than they will ever know.

Thanksgiving was fabulous, although I will say I missed the traditional meal and time spent with family. I spent my evening in McDonald’s. Yes, that’s right, good ol Mickey D’s. My first time since I’ve been here! The dorm girls have been great lately, and with Britt just recently getting back from vacation, she decided to take them for a night out. Their choice. So off to Mc D’s we went! None of them had ever been before, so they were excited about everything. From the play structure to the ‘cool thing the ketchup comes out of.’ I miss everyone at home, but have to say – I’m very thankful I got to share this night with my wonderful girls here in Nica.

I hope you all had a spectacular evening, filled with family, friends, love, thankfulness, and of course – FOOD! I’m thankful that I have all of you (those who read this AND those who don’t 🙂 ) in my life! Much love and many blessings to you all!

Bon a petite! Oscar, Vilma, Emily, the dorm girls, Britt and I – enjoying a night out on the town! Quite an adventure for the girls!


Ana and Emily (Emily is Oscar and Vilma’s daughter – the on site directors of HOH)

Little Berta posing for the camera in the back of the truck on our way home.

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It’s not fun being sick in a foreign country…

I know, it’s been a LONG time with no updates! Unfortunately, I still don’t have much to talk to about, since I’ve been in bed for almost three weeks! There’s a Dengue Fever epidemic right now, and one of the kind mosquitoes chose to bite me. I will say – I wish Dengue Fever on NO ONE. My case went from bad to worse, and I ended up with a serious kidney infection – and that’s why I was in bed for so long. I’m happy to say that I am up and moving again (after many doctors visits, pedialite, injections, anitibiotics….) and will be back at House of Hope today! Oh, I left House of Hope to stay at John and Helen’s to recover, and unfortunately two other people at HH currently have Dengue as well. So yes, I’ll be seriously using the repellent with my remaining time there (it’s said to be worse the second time- which I cannot imagine).

Anyway, life is great here and I am soo excited to get back and get some quality time with the women and children. I miss them! Here’s a few pics from life before the sickness, and my visit to the orphanage (which went really well by the way).

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Is this not the cutest thing ever?? Her mom made this outfit for her in one day! (Go DUCKS 😉

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Margarita, Connie and I at Camino de Vida – the Saturday morning kids church.

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The kids at the Casa Bernabe had a school dance presentation – each group represented a different region of Nicaragua, and their traditional dance. Ana and Ruben are in orange, and Mileydi and her school partner are in blue. They were ADORABLE!!

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Costa Rica

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I’ve been in Nicaragua for 6 months now – so it was time to leave the country and renew my visa! I headed to Costa Rica and stayed part of my trip with Esme, a Costa Rican I had previously met here in Nicaragua, and the other portion of my time I spent with my wonderful Costa Rican ‘guide’ Maikol. He is close friends with the former directors of Casa Bernabe, so I have known him for a while – and it was great to travel the country with a native!
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We walked around the capitol, visited his family and friends in neighboring pueblos, headed to the Atlantic Coast to play in the water, stayed at a friends farm in the middle of the mountains, hiked to secluded rivers, went ziplining…..it was an amazing trip!
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If you want to see more pictures…

Turns out it’s easier (and quicker) to upload multiple pics to my other, older, site (http://www.hollynica.shutterfly.com) – so from now on you can find them there. There’s a link to the site, titled “My Pictures.” on the left side of the home page. Enjoy!


Just what I was looking for…

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I’m used to things not turning out quite the way you thought they would here in Nicaragua, yet this time it was even better than I imagined. I picked a random, less traveled beach in hopes of a peaceful relaxing weekend in the sun…and that is exactly what I got! Aside from a few die hard surfers, there were no tourists. A few hostels, restaurants, and the wonderful locals in this poor beach town, Las Salinas, the perfect getaway. The long stretch of beach was stunning, the sunsets were some of the best I’ve seen, and the hospitality and amazing culinary talents of the locals were unbeatable!

To read more click the title of this post…


A new road in Nicaragua

UPDATE! Life down here in Nicaragua is changing yet again! While I love the people at the Nehemiah Center, and it was a great opportunity, it just wasn’t the right fit. I’ve found that my passion is working directly with the people, especially children, and I have decided to follow a new path and work at Casa Esperanza. There are still many details to be worked out, but I will be moving in to Casa Esperanza when the director, April Havlin, returns from the states on Sept. 20th. Yes, my return date is still the same (I’ll be home in December) but April is already trying to talk me into coming back in February…who knows how things will turn out!

As for now, I’m still working at Casa Esperanza every Tuesday, heading out to Leon every week with John and Helen (Manantial), helping to edit papers for the Nehemiah Center, and working with other people and organizations as the opportunities arise! Tomorrow, August 13th, I’m taking a little vacation and heading to the beach for the first time! I can’t believe I’ve been here since March and I am only now finally making my way to the ocean – I can’t wait!!

To read more about my new adventures into House of Hope, click the title of this post…


So many changes, so little time…

Life here in Nicaragua has been pretty typical; therefore, constantly changing. Nahum and Gener, the boys that have been living with John and Helen for the past 18 months have moved out. They have moved in with a young Nicaraguan couple that John and Helen have known for almost 5 years, and they live in a safe neighborhood in the middle of Managua. With John and Helen leaving in February of next year, this will hopefully be a good transition into typical Nicaraguan life for the boys, and it’s the next step towards being out on their own. While it’s a good transition, I really enjoyed their company so it was hard to see them go. Gener is like the pesky-yet-hilarious little brother I never had, while Nahum is my sarcastic guitar teacher (I can now play a few chords :)) – life is very different here without them!

To read a bit about my visit to their new place, click the title of this post…

Gener packing up to head out…
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Here we go…

Hi All,

Yes, it’s finally up and running! I’m hoping that this site turns out to be a little more user friendly than the last one, but if you have any suggestions please let me know. I’ve tried to post some recent stories to get you caught up – I know it’s been a while! Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you enjoy it!
-HB

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A week spent with women

For the past week, life here at the Little’s has been very different; the house has been filled with women. Helen had organized a women’s team to come and stay at the house, and to head out into the community and serve other Nica women for the week. We spent time with the women of El Faro (the church right outside the dump ‘la chureca’, we went to Casa Bernabe to serve the women who work there, we spent a few days in Leon working with the communities of La Ceiba and Las Chacaras, and we also had a chance to spend some quality time with the women of Casa Esperanza.

All in all it was a great week filled with new experiences and new friendships – I’m sad to see them leave! To read more about our week, click on the title of this post…