I’ve wanted to travel to Ireland ever since I was a kid. Something about the green, rolling hills, stone castles and friendly people just seemed to call to me.
I knew my ancestors came from Ireland, and I was always told my red hair came from there, too. I knew that one day, I would go there.
So last month as I waited for passport photos with my sons, it occurred to me that my first trip out of the country would not in fact be to my beloved Ireland. Apparently God has other plans for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.
In fact, I am so incredibly excited about the first time I will use this passport that I’m not sure how I will survive the wait.
This October, my 14-year-old son Aidan and I will travel to Nicaragua with Compassion International. We will visit Compassion’s main office in Managua the first day, then we’ll see some of Compassion’s projects during the next two days of our tour.
Finally, on the fourth day, we will meet our two sponsor children and spend the day with them. We’ll have a translator with us, so we can really get to know these boys in person.
By the time we meet them, we will have sponsored Esteban, 8, for almost four years, and Jose, 11, for one year.
I’m already collecting items to bring to my boys. I have teddy bears, Uno games and children’s Bibles in Spanish so far. And I have a list of other gift ideas that continues to grow.
So the countdown is on. In just seven months and a few days, I will hug my Nicaraguan boys tight, my son and I will shower them with love, and all of us will share wonderful memories of being together.
I may not be headed to Ireland yet, but I can’t think of any place besides Nicaragua that I’d rather visit this year.