Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nicaragua Trip Day 1

Hey everybody! It has been way too long since I last posted something here but now I am ready! Our trip to Jinotega, Nicaragua started on Friday, January 21st. Becky and I spent most of the day packing and getting ready to leave. Jill picked us up at our house around 7:30pm. We drove to Orlando and arrived at 1:30am Saturday morning. I love travelling at night when there aren't as many cars out on the interstate. We had a great time talking, listening to music and stopping for the occasional gas station snack. I'm always up for a road trip; the chance to get away from the routine is irresistable! This road trip was especially exciting since it was the beginning of a trip outside of the United States for both of us. I hadn't been outside the country for over ten years and Becky had never travelled outside the US before. I was very excited for her to have that experience. It was great having 6 hours to talk with Jill. She was very kind to go with us and acted as our guide. Since she had been in Jinotega before she was well prepared to show us the ropes. For those of you who don't know; Jill Counts, her husband Chris and their children Zach and Maggie are one of the two other families that are moving to Jinotega with us this September Lord willing. The other family is David Henniger, his wife Caryn and their two sons, Issac and Levi. Both the Henniger and Counts families had been in Jinotega before but since Becky and I had never been we decided that it was important for the two of us to do a little recon and get a feel for Jinotega and Nicaragua. God blessed us with three cheap round trip airline tickets that came from some friends of ours at church. They had bought them when fares were low hoping to be able to use them in the near future for a Nicaragua trip of their own. When that didn't work out they were contacted about our trip and were excited to be able to help us and recoup their cost at the same time; a blessing for everyone involved. Coincidence? I think not. Below is a short video that I put together using some clips that I shot on Friday the 21st. Enjoy and feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment section; we would love to hear from you! -Tommy and Becky
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