Marie here~

I am so excited to be going on this trip with my precious mother and beloved daughter.

We are the "Sarah Generations".

Here's a photo of my mother, Sarah Thedaev, at 10 months of age in 1925. At age 83, she's still going strong. Several times a year she'll jump in her Prius and embark on road trips heading to destinations such as Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas visiting friends and family. This is, of course, on her own. We finally convinced her to take a cell phone along - nothing like being stuck out in the middle of the Nevada desert...

A true Child of the Depression, my mother is a jack of all trades. Up to a few years ago, Mom would drive around in a large Dodge Ram truck with all her power tools in the back. If something needed fixing, Mom was the one to call.


And here I am, Sarah Marie, at age 6 months in 1965 - yes, that makes me 43. When I was about 12 or 13, I decided that I wanted to be called by my second name - asserting my individuality, I suppose.

In addition to being a wife and mother, I work full-time. I'm also very involved in my church; singing in the worship team. I love performing arts and participated in a couple of shows last year: Club Neighborhood 2007 - a Big Band Extravaganza and A Mayberry Christmas.


Here's my precious daughter Sarah Elaine at age 15 months in 1993.

Nearly 16 years old, Sarah is co-editor of her high school yearbook. She's also very involved in the youth groups of First Baptist and Cordova Neighborhood Churches. Between school and church activities she keeps very busy, but still finds time to attend concerts of her favorite "indie" Christian bands.

More to come...


Our desire is to be a blessing to the people we come in contact with in Nicaragua. We covet your prayers and encouragement as we prepare for this journey. We will continue to update this blog so you will be informed of our progress and help you pray for specific needs.

Philippians 1:3-6 ~ I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, beling confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
While monetary support is not required, it is appreciated.

If you would like to donate, just click on the Donate button over on the sidebar, and you'll link directly to the PayPal account.

If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, mail to:

First Baptist Church
2324 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 443-6537

Include with your donation a note indicating this is for Marie's Nicaragua Mission Trip.

Questions? Email me at marieedmondson at yahoo dot com or leave a comment.

Me llamo Sarah

My mom is dragging me to Nicaragua against my will - help!

No, I'm just kidding!

Actually, about a month ago I got an e-mail from my Grandma Sarah asking me if I would like to come with her to Nicaragua. Of course I said "YES! I'd love to go!" I love traveling to new places. I told my mom and she wanted to go too. So now the three generations are going to Nicaragua!
This will be my first time going there. I'm excited and semi-nervous. I mean, who wouldn't be nervous?! Going to a third-world country where you hardly know anyone there and it's a language that you're not fluently speaking...it's frightening. But I will have my mom and my Grandma both with me, and most importantly I will have God right by my side every step of the way.

For the language, in Nicaragua they speak Spanish, if you didn't already know. But I'm currently in Spanish 2, I'm not the best at Spanish...but I'm hoping I will be able to expand my knowledge with the culture and be able to speak in Spanish better.

Well, that's it for now.

Oh, for all those myspacers, you can be my friend on MySpace! Woo.

Okay, I'm done.

-Sarah Elaine


Hola! I'm Marie and I went to Nicaragua with my mother in 2004 to do volunteer mission work. You can read about our 2004 trip here (for some reason when I recently republished my posts, the photos did not appear - at some point I will need to upload them again - sorry!).

Well, here it is four years later and we're heading down again and this time we're taking my daughter! This blog will chronicle our preparations for the trip and highlight our adventures once we hit the road. Check back often for updates and posts from my mom and daughter too!