Waking Up to Joy

Months ago at Hope House, we made a paper chain with all of our names.  I kept the paper chain and put it up in my room at Thrive.  I couldn’t bear to part with it so I brought it home.  I made it into a collage to add a reminder for my room in the States.  I love these kids that made Fridays full of joy, happiness and love.  They captured my heart and showed me a glimpse of God. I am committed to praying for them and the caretakers at Hope House daily and I’m going to love waking up to their names!

Pray for them with me!

Here are some of their names: Teboho, Keke, Katleho, Thabo, Nelly, Zodwa, Teboho, Nthokozo, Mathola, Thando, Tseantanda, Lunga, Kwanele, Letta, Zandile, Samke, Lerato, Phumzile, Norah, Lucky, Gifty, Morgan, Carnation, Nkosi, Pume, Mahow, Nthforte, Beki, Umphilo, Thabang, Nomfundo, Teboho, Tumelo, Jamesy, Gugu

Cooking versus Baking

I have yet to get really into cooking.  I love to bake.  I love feeding people.  I love how making something and eating something yummy makes people happy when life is hard.  Although, I don’t measure things.  I throw a bit of this and a bit of that and estimate on pretty much everything.  Soooooo, wouldn’t you think I’d like to cook more since baking requires more precision??  Beats me.  Maybe I need to start making big meals for lots of people instead of making them dessert.  

p.s. I made white chocolate molten cake and chocolate molten cake with the roomie tonight.  Yeah, we’re pretty neat.  Plus, we’re master “fix-it” people hence why the toilet and garage are now in working order!

Celebration Pancakes!

I officially have signed on the dotted line, paid the deposit and received a set of keys!  Beginning Tuesday, I can start moving my stuff in 🙂   We had our first official “Family Dinner” at Amy’s after we got the keys and of course it was breakfast! Yum.  I love breakfast food and love pancakes with peanut butter even more.

Unfortunately, the camping trip was cancelled due to rain; however, we made the best of the situation by having a movie night and then walking around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet today.  Lots of fun!  Walking and talking and yummy food.  Plus, we watched “Into the Wild”–love it!!  I’m already ready to watch the movie again, that’s how much I liked it.

Memorable quotes from the movie and book (I REALLY want to read the book now!):

“When you forgive, you love.  And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” -Mr. Franz

“When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.” -Christopher

“Happiness is only real when shared.” -Christopher

“You don’t need human relationships to be happy.  God has placed it all around us.” -Christopher

“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it…I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic.  I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life.  In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing.  But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.  And I lived to tell my tale.” -Jon Krakauer

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher