Sunday, February 27, 2011

end of the trip

Ok, found these pictures on my phone. This is a terrible picture, but last minute I tried to get a picture of the four families and the five children, siblings, that they were adopting from Nicaragua. A couple (link to his blog) sat down across from Amy and myself at the airport in Managua with a young boy. The parents were glowing and the boy couldn't move away from watching the airplane at the window. I turned to Amy and said, I think they just adopted that boy. Amy thought I was crazy and then we heard the boy call them mom and dad. So I asked and that is when this amazing story unfolded. Four families from the same neighborhood were adopting five siblings from Nicaragua! I have only heard of a couple people being able to adopt from Nicaragua and they had all lived in Nicaragua for 3-4 months to get the adoption through. These families had been going down and working in a village somewhere in/around Managua (I think) over the past 3 years. A couple years ago they met the mother of the five children, whom they are adopting, just after she had been diagnosed with cancer. A year or so later on one of the trips the mother was dieing and one of the families promised to take care of her five children. They began paper work and getting permission from extended family to adopt the kids. It sounded like things were going pretty slow and the oldest girl was going to soon turn 16 and wouldn't be able to be adopted. A woman who had retired from doing adoptions ended up helping them out. They all came down and in 12 days were going home with the five children! They said it was due to the girl turning 16 that they were able to push things through and with the help of the woman who had retired from doing adoptions (she had done over 1000 adoptions in her career!) What a miracle. Here is a link to the Mustard Seed Community, that goes down and does the work in Managua, and here is a link to an article about the families who adopted, which I'm going to go read.

From blue skies and 90 degree weather to blue skies and 40 degree weather with snow, sigh.... At least there are blue skies!
My pottery or ceramic that I lugged home with Amy's help! My lizard vase or urn as where my ashes will reside one day - kidding, inside Nicaraguan joke.

Grant's hair before and after his hair cut. I think it looks great, Troy cannot see the 3-4 inches that were cut off and would like it cut a little shorter...

Victor and I attended the Woods Cross Jazz Band concert last wednesday, BYU's jazz band joined them and then performed. All I have to say is wow. The kid that was playing base in this picture was amazing!
Then Friday night my mom had three extra tickets to Viewmont's production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. My favorite musical - runs through this weekend if anyone wanted to go I'd go again : ) I took Morgan and Lexi my little actresses and we enjoyed the show.

Ethan lost two bottom teeth this past weekend, also sporting a nice short haircut : )

And with Gran's birthday on the 7th of March (we are celebrating next week, thus no pics) we were expecting snow. Well, it came. In the six years since have lived here it has snowed every year but one (big rain storm) on his birthday! Love the iphone pictures - but the blur is victor sledding down the neighbors hill.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last days of trip

Finally I've finished uploading pictures from my Nicaragua trip. These pictures are from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We got up and checked out of our hotel on Tuesday and headed to Lake Nicaragua. We crossed over on a ferry and spent the night on the volcanic island in the lake. The wind was really blowing when we were crossing the lake and it felt like we were on the ocean not a lake.

The island that we stayed on with it's two active volcanoes. I guess the last time they erupted was in 2000 & 2009.

My rain jacket that I took to wear and this was the closest I ever got to using it.

We stopped at a school to hand out some sports equipment. Then we stopped to hand out candy to these kids and we found out that it was a school for the def.

cows and animals were in the road all the time. In fact one of our first days in Nicaragua we almost hit a white horse that wouldn't get out of the road. Active volcanoes are nothing compared to the dangers of the domesticated animals : )

More stops to hand out the rest of our clothes and hygiene kits

women doing their wash in the river and below is a shot of the hotel we stayed at
These birds are a lot prettier than our magpies, but scavengers just the same. Where ever there was food these birds seemed to gather.

the beach at our hotel and the lake Amy braved and swam laps in.

We spent the rest of our day reading and walking around the town.
These women were fishing or collecting something off of the bottom of the lake with this net. They would let it out and then walk around and when they would pull it up they would put things in the little girls bag. There was a cute little boy and he walked along the beach for a while and wasn't too sure about walking in front of us. So I offered him the rest of our sour patch kids and he finally ran up and grabbed them and ran past us. The little girl swam in and took some out to the women in the lake.

We had a huge lunch so Amy and I had ice cream with fruit and fries for dinner, oh and very yummy hot chocolate.

We found this little fellow in our bathroom. Amy had me all freaked out about getting round worms and that's what I thought it was until I got home and zoomed in and could see it had legs. It must be some type of centipede.

This is where I spent my morning while Amy was swimming. Just uploading pictures and reading my book. Very nice morning.

This is how you stay out of the hot sun! Sonia your awesome!

My camera died on me here. So these next pictures are from Amy's camera. On our way back we stopped at the Messiah Volcanoes. It was like we walked into Mordor in Lord of the Rings. Black rock, steam, smoke. They say at night to can see the lava because it glows red. That would have been cool to see. We were all coughing after a few minutes due to the gases, then we read the sign that asks you not to stay in the area for longer than 20 minutes because you can get sick from the gases.

Our hotel room back at the Colonial. I wish I had pictures of the other rooms at this hotel, they were a bit cooler - I liked the stamped tiles, one was blue with green stamps and the other room was yellow on yellow stamps. This room was just brown, but more importantly had wifi access!