I am back!
And I missed you friends while on my mission trip in Atlanta, GA! But Atlanta was nothing like I expected and everything I needed in life. I cannot even describe how my eyes have been opened because I am still processing everything myself. I plan to recap this trip in a different way, because it was different from any other experience or trip I have ever gone on. For right now though I just want to do one of those snapshot posts I love so much to give you an idea of what I have been up to. I wish these pictures spoke a thousand words, but they don’t. These pictures will however serve as a lifetime reminder of this life changing, and eye opening experience.
Yes I am the one in the obnoxiously colorful sweats. I guess I missed the memo that long car rides should be done while looking cute… Whoops
We served at a Soup Kitchen that was restaurant style the first two days. I cannot begin to describe the impact this had on me. Serving these women and their children and hearing their stories changed how I view all aspects of my life. I was able to see for the first time how very fortunate I am. My heart was broken several times, but it was also filled with joy when speaking with the women, serving them a hot meal, and playing with the sweet children who deserve nothing but the best in life.
I spent the entire afternoon playing with kids and helping them complete their homework! If you didn’t know already, my passion is learning and helping others to learn. Hearing a child say “I get it!” will always put a smile on my face. I only hope the few hours I spent helping with homework and reading books will make a difference in these kid’s education.
The furniture bank provides furniture for those transitioning into a home. It is such an awesome cause and I was overwhelmed with emotion seeing these individuals have the opportunity to pick out the furniture for their new homes! It showed me how much I take for granted. Thanks to this wonderful place these people will have a mattress to sleep on, a couch to sit and talk with family, and a kitchen table to sit down and enjoy a meal with family.
We spent a morning at a local farm IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY! I have a bunch to say about this experience, but for now I will leave it at this… Do not hire me to build your chickens a fence because I will probably fail. I am never going to complain about my studying again (that is probably a lie) because I am grateful I do not have to do manual labor for a living.
We got the night off. Shopping, coffee, ice cream, dinner, more dessert. It was so awesome to have this time to relax and get to know everyone more. We had a blast and our tummys were very satisfied at the end of the night.
The caption says it all. If you ever have the opportunity to volunteer for Books for Africa you should do it. The people are amazing and the service is awesome. Just think of all of the kids that can read because of this organization!
Thank you to Tanya Green and DOOR for giving us this opportunity. I will never forget this trip or the people I met throughout the week. #lifeforeverchanged
Um yeah we had our dinners prepared by a real chef named Chef! This was such a treat because breakfast and lunch were minimal and simple. I never realized how lucky I am to have the opportunity to eat hot and fresh meals daily. I do now. More on this later this week.
Mom and I spent the weekend in Blacksburg! So much fun was had and so much shopping was done! OMG. and Mom helped me to continue conquering that fear food by allowing me to make us buckwheat pumpkin pancakes for dinner Saturday! I had a skillet that had never been used and new buckwheat flour to try. I am now on a pancake kick so recipes would be very much appreciated! Especially recipes with buckwheat!
Breaks have become like 100 times better thanks to this girl and our brunch and coffee meet ups! I request Mexican next time! The real stuff none of that healthy fake stuff- chips, salsa, cheese, guacamole, the whole shabang. In all seriousness though Hollie gets it. Enough said.
What a week huh?!? I am so incredibly grateful for life right now. So many lessons have been learned and I cannot wait to begin recapping tomorrow. But let me end this post with this…
I always come back from vacations and fall right back into my normal routine. I do not want that to happen this time. I am forever changed.