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Well…. 

That sure was quick.  About this time 1 week ago I was climbing into my own bed after a very long day of travel, a stop on the way from the airport, a bit of dinner and hello to the young-ins.

1 week at home already.  After 3 months of a whirlwind of preparations, 25 days just came and went, way too quickly.

There is still much for me to process; still collecting my thoughts. I still have a project to work on for down there, which thanks to technologies I can actually do from here. But… thanks to those technologies, I see the photos, and have already had contact with a few of the young people there, and oooooooh I just really miss them already.

This trip was different than the others. There was more time to connect, and become a part of something. Not just the ministries, but the flow of life there. It’s amazing just how quickly we humans can adapt to our surroundings and weave ourselves into the fabric.

Disengaging – not so easy. Oh, so not easy, or even desirable, though necessary. Oddly enough, try as I did to ‘let go’, the longer this week has gone, the more I’m missing everyone, and the routines and flows of the days. Just taking walks into the market on any given day could be an adventure.

But now, especially since Thanksgiving is over and the left overs are about gone, it really is time to re-engage here. But nothing seems normal, nor is there really a desire for it to be. Sometimes the change of perspective is good, and we don’t want to lose it – it’s like losing a part of yourself that is new and precious. Don’t want to return to the same old, same old. What would be the point then?

It really does sound like a cliche, but we go on these trips with every intention of being a blessing, just to come back with so much more than we ever took with us to begin with…

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That’s it! The shot’s been fired, the gates are open and we’re off. Now, to see who God has to run this race with us.!!  

We presented the trip today to the church in both services. 

Here’s the video I was working on.  Looks better up close than on the walls at church… 

http://youtu.be/ARfdIjwWbvc

Now… time for a much needed nap….

Much in life is fleeting, here are some such moments from our Nicaragua trips…

Fleeting  –

we were ambushed while attempting to ambush!

we were ambushed while attempting to ambush!

fearless pastors, drenched... surely a priceless moment

fearless pastors, drenched… surely a priceless moment

soaked with water and fun. emotions of all sorts on the faces

soaked with water and fun. emotions of all sorts on the faces

a moment from fleeting memories – another place, another time.

Life itself seems often so fleeting – it’s but a breath, constantly changing in motion…

La Quinta Esperanza and youth group dance and drama ministry. Three foremost all siblings. This was a beautiful ministry while it lasted. And the looks of joy on their faces in the midst of this farewell performance for our group, caused me to choose this photo

La Quinta Esperanza and youth group dance and drama ministry. Three foremost all siblings. This was a beautiful ministry while it lasted. And the looks of joy on their faces in the midst of this farewell performance for our group, caused me to choose this photo

In a moment, a look can be captured… this one makes me smile. It’s fun to be in the right place to catch the unrehearsed… often a fleeting moment missed in the big picture…

Oh how the littlest one's delighted in the puppets.. as if they were alive - and the joy on the face of one who brought joy ...

Oh how the littlest one’s delighted in the puppets.. as if they were alive – and the joy on the face of one who brought joy …

And sadly too often fleeting, friendships… this one precious but truly fleeting, though still dear to my heart… they made the best of friends before the trip was over… but things in places like this can change like the ocean tide

Amanda and David - who was new to La Quinta, and  left almost as quick...

Amanda and David – who was new to La Quinta, and left almost as quick…

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