Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Blog Recap - A Year In Review

This year I posted 28 times on this blog. That's about a post every two weeks. Not bad but if I'm being honest it could be better. 

This year I saw some beautiful sights both near and far...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My First Deaf Visitor

This year I had my first deaf visitor from the states. Her name is Marquida and we met at an assembly a few years back. Her expressions were similar to many people's of awe and shock and then the perfunctory 'I'm going to come visit you.'

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo Walk 2014 Fort. Pierce, Florida (the Jetty)

So a lot of people want to know if I'm on vacation when I go back to the states the answer is almost always no. I don't have a lot of time for fun because I'm working as much as I can. 

This year however, I did get to have a little bit of fun. A very good friend of mine recommended the Photo Walk to me this year and I was intrigued. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Author Mary Ellen Boyd is Back!

My good friend and author Mary Ellen Boyd is back with a new book, a new genre, and a new interview. Check out the interview here on my writer's blog. You've got two days to pick up your free copy of the book on Amazon here.

The reviews are already coming in here's what a one person had to say:
"The characters were well developed and the writing was fantastic! I was so disappointed when it ended. I was looking forward to another installment of Ms. Boyd's Days of Judges series and now I can't decide what I hoped she does next but whatever it is I am looking forward to it!"
*Please do this author the great service of not only reading her story but don't forget to leave your own review.


Saturday, October 11, 2014


It's Going To Be Another Busy Year

It's so interesting the things you learn about people serving here in Nicaragua. I met up with a couple that moved here when I did and found that not only did the adopt an Ocelot...yeah, I didn't know what that was either. There's a picture below but feel free to Google that one. She looks a little like a miniature leopard. She's belongs in the 'wild cat' family but this kind couple saved her from a birdcage and starvation. Then they built a small chocolate business to earn money while living here. and named it for their big kitty. Chocolate..mmmm...my favorite. I volunteered my services in exchange for chocolate ;-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Karaoke Meets Nicaragua - Now That's Fun

Saturday nights are karaoke night at the local Mi Viejo Ranchito

The action starts at 7pm so get there early to get a place in line.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Things I Never Thought I'd Miss

Sweet Corn

Always liked sweet corn but after not having it for a few years, I can safely say, I love it and miss it a lot!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Kingdom Hall Spring Cleaning 2014

Busy inside and out
For the first time, (that I've ever heard of) Masaya Sign Language congregation was invited to participate in 'Spring' cleaning. Since our meetings are usually occupying the 2pm slot, in years past we've had to endure the sound of heavy machinery and workers, but this year was different. Here's a few of the highlights.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Milwaukee Regional Convention - 31k+


Gotta love the umbrellas! 
Here's a bit of what I took away from the regional convention at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, WI.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Check Out My Visit Nicaragua Invitations! 

I'll be passing a few of these out at the next convention. If I see you there you just might get one ;-)


Monday, June 2, 2014

Things I Never Thought I'd Say in Service: So How Did I Taste?

Okay, so I'm guessing you might need a little explanation on this one. This is something that occurred during lunch last week.

While eating at a brother's comedor,* Shawn was the first to notice something strange on my left. While chatting with her about our morning's escapades I felt something on my left arm and brushed at it. When she started laughing I turned to find a little boy with his tongue sticking out, at my elbow. 
photo credit:

He'd apparently licked my arm. I wasn't sure until he did it again, to his mother's embarrassment. Soon the entire lunch table, who'd now caught on to this sneaky taster, broke out into hysterical laughter. 

When I asked if he liked the way I tasted, he said with a straight face and a nod, "Yes!"


*small buffet/eatery

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guess Who: Wrote a Book?

If you're from Ft. Lauderdale Sign Language congregation you may have been just as surprised as I was or maybe you're wondering: 'When and where did Jatniel Garcia get the idea to write a book?' 

Well, I asked him and here's the short interview I did:

Jatniel Garcia's Author Interview


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Bye To The Green

If you haven't noticed from my past pictures I'll try to remind you. My apartment in Granada had green walls the four years I lived there, that I was forced to endure.  

Saturday, May 24, 2014

In Memory of Myra: 1956-2014

The Masaya sign language congregation has taken some key losses in the last year. The latest blow to our congregation has been the loss of one of our deaf sisters, Myra, who died two days ago and was buried in the Masaya cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Our dear sister Myra has had many struggles to deal with in recent years. Her deteriorating health continually prevented her from doing as much as she wanted to do. To her delight, with the new booth arrangement, she'd been able to have a share in the ministry over the last few weeks.

District Assembly January 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Free Vaccinations, Anyone? Yes, Please!

Here's a little side benefit to living in a Central American country. Public healthcare is free. Things like vaccinations are done in campaigns and from door to door. Here's what happened when they came to our house.

The conversation went a little something like this:

"Buenas, we are providing vaccinations today, would you like to be vaccinated?" 

Monday, April 28, 2014

New 5 Question Interview (VIDEO): Meet Jocelyn

Hey, everybody, sorry it's been so slow around here. Thought I'd pick things up with another 5 question interview of someone who spent some time preaching here in Nicaragua. Decided to do a video just to switch things up. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Back in Nicaragua Still Getting Settled

March has been a crazy month. Returning from work in the states always requires some 'transition' time. It's not as easy as it looks after working day and night as an interpreter to jump back into walking miles a day teaching the deaf from the Bible. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Travelling Abroad - The Sunshine State

I had a great time while I was back in Florida for work. I had a chance to spend some time with some quality friends, while making a few ends. Here are some of the highlights:

Aren't my friends gorgeous?!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Travelling Abroad - The Land of 10,000 Lakes Or Something

Spent one Polar Vortex week in Minnesota and although there were lots of smiles in the pictures my teeth were chattering most of the time. I don't miss the weather so much as the friends and family there!

I didn't label the pictures this time if you have a specific question about something just leave it in the comments below and I'll explain it, otherwise just enjoy.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MY DIY Home Projects

So, lately I've been going through this phase wanting to make home improvements, organize and other general nesting behaviors. It's good timing, with my roommate away that leaves me plenty of room to redecorate and something to do with all this 'alone' time. 

Here's what's come of it so far:

Power cleaned the kitchen, living room and front porch areas.
Cleaned out all of my closets, drawers, storage units. Also decided to tackle some DIY projects that I've been wanting to try. Here are some of the pix.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

31 Days Without Water...and Counting!

Photo Credit: http://test.bradleymechanical.com/
A brother from the local congregation in Nindiri informed me that they are in town tonight to collect water.

They've been without water for a month, so far! Their home and all of their neighbor's, about a five minute car ride from here, haven't a drop.

Monday, January 27, 2014

5 Beginning Need-Greater Blogger Tips

As a reader of need-greater blogs I'm fascinated by other people's pictures and experiences. I've found some things work well and some things don't. Again, these are just my opinions they are not hard and fast rules but guidelines to make your blog easy to read and easy to follow.

I realize that I am opening myself up to criticism here, but I hope that I will help someone else even while my blog is always a work in progress.


Monday, January 20, 2014

LSN District Convention

Hey everybody, there's nothing like spiritual activity to put you in the right frame of mind and remind us of what is important. I had a great time and these are the highlights.

A bunch of my friends old and new

Friday, January 17, 2014


To those of you who also follow my roomie's blog you can disregard this re-blog of a post she did earlier this week.

To those of you who don't follow hers, this post resonated so much with me that I wanted to share it. Please check out the link and then come back to see my personal comments on it below.

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: NO (WO)MAN IS AN ISLAND: This is a RANT.  A pure, unadulterated rant.  If you're up to reading a rant, keep going, please.  If not, better you just leave now...

Monday, January 13, 2014

COUNTING THE COST: Keeping In Touch With International Calling

The hardest thing about getting up the courage to go someplace new and preach is the distance from your family. Maybe you're used to talking to your mom and dad every day or you've got kids that you're going to want to call and check on. Whatever your circumstances that distance can be overcome using some modern technology.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Stressed Out!?

View of both beds with curtain pulled back. Beds look a lot closer than they are.
Please don't judge me! I'm going to get another massage today. One of the few luxuries I like to afford myself, after a long and arduous month, is a massage. When I was younger, and had a steady income from my interpreting work, I used to go regularly to a school and let the students practice on me. Well, for the same price I'm getting a pro down here and I love it so much I just had to tell you about it!