Some things change, some stay the same

New country, new habits? 

I’m sitting here enjoying the sound of my boys playing, but Theo is still not wearing pants.  Or shorts.  He’s gone through three pairs today and they are all drying.  This habit of not wearing pants has apparently followed us here to Nicaragua.  Not for long, I’m sure, but at least for today. 

We’ve gone to the beach, swam in the pool a couple of times, slept in, and generally enjoyed time together as a family.  Getting to spend some relaxing time together reminded me how much I have missed it.  The boys are blossoming under our attention and I must say that we are enjoying fairly uninterrupted time.  I suppose we could be considered irresponsible for not yet buying a cell phone, but being nearly unreachable has its advantages.  I bet that many would say that Mark not being reachable by cell phone is new, but not being able to get ahold of me…that’s an old habit.

As we’ve spent a lot of time reading and praying, we have made sure to spend adequate time sleeping and playing as well.  It’s been wonderful.  I think that a relaxing night tonight and a slow morning tomorrow will leave us ready to jump in at the orphanage tomorrow afternoon.  In fact, Tate’s been asking every couple of hours how long it will be until we get to see his new brothers and sisters.  It warms my heart every time, even though it’s nothing new.  Tate and Theo’s love for their hermanos can only be considered changing due to the fact that it’s increasing.

So, I guess even here in our new homeland, some things are changing and some things are staying exactly as they were.

Thank God for that!


About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.
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1 Response to Some things change, some stay the same

  1. Be sure to pass along an extra hug from Tate’s and Theo’s Nana & Papa to their Hermanos e Hermanas!

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