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It’s raining Peras de agua fruit

It’s raining Peras de agua fruit

It wasn’t too long ago that I took pictures of the kids playing under a fragrant tree on a carpet of pink petals. Well, the profusion of hot pink blossoms has given way to an over abundance of fruit, literally gushing from the tree. Our property caretaker has...

How our views on consumerism have changed

This is Elise.  Mike and I have often asked ourselves if we could just live a simpler lifestyle in the US instead of living in Nicaragua.  Yes, we could live have lived a more reduced lifestyle in the US but here it is much easier to live simply.  We...
Hot market, cold feet

Hot market, cold feet

We put an offer down on a commercial property and are currently under contract. Sometimes it felt as if I was at a bidding war, and reminded me of a time, not too long ago, when all common sense was lost in the real estate market. I was apprehensive at times, and...
Easter at Laguna de Apoyo

Easter at Laguna de Apoyo

Elise, the girls, and some of our closest friends went down to Laguna de Apoyo for Easter Sunday and encountered a very special bunny. For the young, and the young at heart, seeing the Easter Bunny on a paddle board was a happy sight. I wish I could have been there to...
Granada: Our one year anniversary

Granada: Our one year anniversary

April 15th marks our one year anniversary of living in Granada. Anniversaries, for me, punctuate how impermanent life and our experiences are. In my old life I would say, “Wow another year went by.” or “It seems just like yesterday…” Back...
Looking for rental property in the U.S.

Looking for rental property in the U.S.

We are way behind on the blog entries because I have been in the Florida the last couple of weeks looking for investment properties. We are expanding our financial horizons to possibly include rental income from either Indiana or Florida. It has been interesting...
300 rings

300 rings

My daughter and I went to a local lumberyard to buy some fence posts for an animal enclosure in our backyard. True to Nicaraguan norms, you go right to the source. Want to buy sausage? Go to the butcher. Want to buy milk? Go to the farm. You get the picture. Just as...
A couple new additions for us

A couple new additions for us

The kids got a couple of ducklings for their menagerie and were happy to take them swimming. We are currently fencing off a portion of our backyard to give the animals a large space to wander and be free. As for the pool, it will be ours again soon and the ducks will...
It’s raining peras de agua blossoms

It’s raining peras de agua blossoms

Our pera de agua (water pear) tree dropped her blossoms by the thousands and carpeted the ground beneath her limbs for more then a week. Our kids, and their friends, were enamored by the intensity of the fragrance and the profusion of the vibrant pinkness of the...
The annual spring fling fundraiser

The annual spring fling fundraiser

The annual spring fling fundraiser is the single most important source of outside revenue for our school. Each of the attendees made generous contributions in time and or money to participate in this function. The evening was a change a pace for most of us, as it was...
Butterfly Reserve, Granada

Butterfly Reserve, Granada

Prior to my arrival back home, the gang went out to the Butterfly Reserve. Though, I wasn’t there, I did get an earful about their visit. Essentially the reserve is a place for raising butterflies for release back into the wild. There were plenty of newly molted...
Painted Pony trail ride

Painted Pony trail ride

Painted Pony Tours are just 5 minutes from Granada but feels like it’s a world away. Sierra and Zoe take regular riding lessons here, so are somewhat experienced for their age. For Lia’s younger children it was their first time alone on horse back. Once...
Spring has arrived at my friend’s farm

Spring has arrived at my friend’s farm

Spring usually means longer days, baby animals, and in most places, better weather. One of the best places to appreciate spring, is on a farm. We had the privilege of going to our friend’s farm, just outside Granada, after their busy birthing season. The girls...
Homemade corn tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas

Making handmade corn tortillas is a wonderful way to get the kid’s attention focused during the afternoon hours. Lia always wanted to make handmade tortillas and what better place to learn the skill then in front of 5 kids. No pressure here, just good ole elbow...
Laguna de Apoyo day trip

Laguna de Apoyo day trip

While Lia and family were in town we decided to go out to Laguna de Apoyo for one of their days. Since the crater lake is only 20 minutes from downtown Granada it makes for a nice and easy get away from the city. The kids love the placid waters for kayaking and...
Coming home

Coming home

After two weeks on a road trip, I was so happy to finally be home. Seeing my wife and kids is always a high point when I return, but we also had visitors as well, making the homecoming extra special. Lia and her children came over for their Spring break. So it was...