Matagalpa, Granada, and the Campo

Matagalpa, Granada, and the Campo
It's 4:30am. I've been up since 3:00. The roosters are crowing, and for awhile the innkeeper had "2 1/2 Men" on in his room adjacent to the lovely lobby. Two orange kittens are chasing each other around on the cool tiles. I don't know where the coffee is, but we got some Coke Zeros last night and put them in the fridge (20 cords each, so about 85c - not bad for a soda here), so I have some caffeine.  This is our 9th day, but I already feel enough at ...

Hello from 36,000 feet!

We're over the North Atlantic, almost to Greenland. And I'm on the Internet. Amazing! In 4 hours we'll be in America, and in a little over 8 I'll be in my home state. I should be at home in 12. It went so fast! I'll write more on our various adventures later, but wanted to thank everyone for their messages and prayers. It was a great trip! Super busy, with some unexpected happenings (like the vehicle breaking down 3 hours from Kampala), but we had a wonde...

Las Penitas, Dreaming, and “Boy, it’s HOT!”

Las Penitas, Dreaming, and “Boy, it’s HOT!”
   Our internet hasn't been great, and we may not have it at all for the next 36 hours, so I'm going to get this post in while I can! We've spent 4 days in a beach community outside of Leon called Las Penitas. It's very small, but there are a good number of expats making a life here, especially Canadians. We've learned SO MUCH in these 4 days, so even though it seemed a little long to visit such a small town, it was the perfect first stop. ...

How Not To Help

How Not To Help
With our upcoming move to Nicaragua, I have joined several Facebook groups of expats living in various parts of the country. Since I've been back from Uganda, there have been several US news outlet reports of various churches preparing "food aid" and sending it to Nicaragua. One church in Charlotte actually prepared 55,000 (yes, 55 THOUSAND!) packages of food. And I get it. I really do. It seems like a good idea. The youth can get involved. We're helping.

Our Scouting Trip to Nicaragua is NEXT WEEK!

Our Scouting Trip to Nicaragua is NEXT WEEK!
Nicaragua... My husband says with a smile, "Why am I letting you drag me off to Nicaragua?" I say, "Because you love me." Truth be told, we are both almost giddy with excitement and expectation. I've written about our journey to find out "elsewhere" on my life coaching blog and in my newest book, but I haven't added too much about the, well, GOD side of the story. If you've followed Ten Eighteen for any length of time, you know that God was 100% r

Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!

Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!
I didn't intend to take a team to Uganda with me this month. I had envisioned doing what I have been doing the last couple of years, since my kids were off at school and unable to go with me -- go by myself, enjoy a day or two off wtih Suzanne, and not do the formerly traditional "one fun thing" that I'd always planned with the kids. (I really miss going with my kids, and even after 4 trips alone, I would still rather go with them. Retired homeschool mo...