This house is quite musical so I finally decided to record a bit on my phone.
There's no video, btw, just sound.
Today was a productive day: Dawson and I headed out to explore town with our cameras and then ended up having meetings with all three farmers in our group to get Rainforest Alliance certified. Of course, an Eskimo stop was included in there (the ice cream place of Nicaragua) and many cups of coffee and fresh avocados off the street that my host mom and I bought on the way home from our 5 AM walk.
I usually help with dishes after each meal, and today I helped the woman who is hired to assist with cooking/cleaning with more dishes in the outside sink. We were trying to talk and she asked me if I like skirts, in relation to the fact that I wear them every day. I then tried to explain -- in Spanish -- about my faith and wanting to dress modestly. It was pretty challenging but I think I got the point across (Yeah pretty proud of that;). Then she said something about remembering me and my skirts and I lost her ;).. The girls have also seen me praying at mealtimes and the younger one asked initially what I was doing, and I heard the older one say "Orar", which is to pray. A few days later she gave me a picture of Jesus "for me to pray with", but I told her thank you but I don't need it. ;) They said they pray at bedtimes, and go to church on Sundays, and they do have quite a few pictures of Jesus around their house.
Also today I walked into the kitchen to find the hired woman, Fatima, and one of the older daughters who is in and out of the house, Laiby, holding a tiny, adorable baby. Laiby said it was her niece and then asked if I wanted to hold her, which of course I did. Then she joked that I was "practicing" and I told her I was only 20 and too young to have kids. I asked her the same, and she laughed and said she was 18 and "completely alone" too, and then we asked Fatima who shockingly said she was sixteen. Sixteen!! And she is working full-time as a cook/maid. I felt very entitled at that point since our lives are so drastically different. I have been given so many opportunities. Soon after, the baby's mom walked in and we asked her how old she was, and her answer was twenty.. and we all looked at each other and laughed. Wow. And this baby is her second kid! Again, such different lives!
I'm also pretty sure I ate mayonnaise today. That was a low point.
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.