Summer is a confusing word for us here in Nicaragua. June, July, and August are not the hottest times of the year (March and April are) and we don’t have a big summer break since we are on the Nicaragua school calendar (February through November). I (Susan) sometimes find myself having no clue what month it actually is since there aren’t such obvious weather changes with each season. However, we do get three weeks off between the first and second semesters at our school, so that becomes a summer break of sorts for us.
We started off the month of June by moving into a new house. The house we were in was a year-long sublease from a Canadian family who was gone for the year, so we always knew we would be moving at the end of our first year. Thankfully, we were able to move into the house of some friends who were moving back to Canada and they were nice enough to sell us all of their furnishings and appliances as well. Moving from one furnished house to another is nice since we didn’t have to worry about moving much furniture.
Soon after we moved, my mom came to visit us. After classes ended for the kids and me we were able to spend a few nights at a house on Laguna de Apoyo. It was a nice way to relax after a busy semester and before heading back to the states.
My mom flew back to Michigan with us where we spent a wonderful two weeks catching up with friends and family, speaking at our supporting churches, and enjoying the wonderful Michigan summer. Some highlights were spending the 4th of July with family, celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday, meeting my new nephew Jack, and seeing cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
We are so thankful to everyone who helped us during our time in Michigan. We don’t know what we would do without the people who let us borrow their car, live in their basement, eat and swim at their house, and who pick us up and drop us off at the airport.
Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head back to Nicaragua. We have been back in school now for a month, and have enjoyed not feeling as clueless as we did at this time last year. There is still so much that we don’t understand or know how to do here, but we definitely appreciate not feeling so “new.”