Hello, hello friends! How is your Tuesday afternoon going so far? It's been a rainy day over here so I'm curled up watching House Hunters (so great)...
... and snacking on a couple of handfuls of some Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds (so great also) until I start tackling my to-do list.
I thought I'd catch you up on what's been going on around here with a little Life Lately post! The past couple of weeks have been some of the best weeks of my life and I thought I'd share a bit.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that we took a spontaneous trip to Disney World a few days back. We were the first people on the ferry to cross over to the Magic Kingdom and we were the last in the park after staying until 1a.m.
We rocked our Minnie ears all.day. long. And of course, we didn't leave the park without a few of our favorite Disney snacks...
A couple of days later, I hopped on a plane and headed to Haiti with a mission team from my church! To be completely honest, I was scared to death the night before the trip. I really didn't know what to expect at all. I tried to play it cool when people asked me if I was excited... I was actually really nervous deep inside!! But Jesus is SO good and it was one of the most incredible weeks of my life. And I can't wait to do it again ASAP.
Throughout the trip, we taught VBS a few of the days, did home visits, met with the leadership council, prayed over the village and the country, and met with many of the people in the community.
I loved learning about the Haitian culture and the Haitian way of life. From the school systems to family units and living quarters, life is a bit different there than it is here. And I LOVED it. Since the trip, I've been asked a few times what was my favorite part... and I really can't tell you! The whole trip was absolutely incredible. The food was out. of. this. world. amazing.
(I've been trying to recreate crispy plantains, rice and beans, and Haitian slaw since being back. Definitely not the same. And fresh-off-the-tree mangoes aren't conveniently located in my backyard like they were in Haiti.)
The people we met and the team bond we built was incredible:
And God's love and beauty touched every single nook, cranny, and corner of the entire trip!
I'm tearing up just thinking about it. I miss it so much!
I think my biggest takeaway from the trip was that I was able to see that we, Americans, are poor in so many ways, but we are also rich in many ways. And that Haiti is also poor in many ways, but rich in many ways as well.
Even though we all spoke different languages, we all were able to communicate through love and actions. It's amazing how much you can understand another culture, another human, another language... without even speaking! Ahh, it was just great.
After readjusting to life in the states and getting back in the groove of things with work, I've been doing a little organizing and baking.
I borrowed a carpet cleaner machine from my aunt and uncle and I don't think I've ever felt more like an adult than when I waltzed into Kroger to purchase carpet cleaner for the carpet cleaning machine. (Well...one time I went to Kroger and got a flu shot on my own. I felt pretty adult then too.)
While the carpets were drying, I've put together a few recipes:
^^This one is top secret, but will be posted on About.com very soon. :)
But the healthy zucchini muffin recipe below was posted yesterday and you should make them asap:
In the past couple of days, I've been able to cross a couple of Athens restaurants off of my restaurant bucketlist.
I met my good friend Hannah last night at Shokitini downtown:
It was deeelicious. They have excellent sushi & meal deals. And they surprised us with complimentary deep fried Oreos as a post-dinner treat. YES THEY DID. And I think I would come back just for those. Yes I would.
Today, it was one of our team members birthdays (HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!) and we celebrated at Cali N' Titos.
I ordered the grilled fish tacos, but I was most excited about their "Tostones"- fried plantains. They were very similar to the ones we had back in Haiti and reminded me of sweet memories there.
So that's been a bit about life lately over here! What have you been up to? Any 4th of July plans?
** Disclosure: Blue Diamond provided me with the Sriracha Almonds above but all views and opinions are my own. (&they are great.)