Friday, July 9, 2010

Favorite Things Friday – the Peru Edition

Since I'll optimistically (but not realistically) be packed and relaxed this time next week, I'm going to do my Peru post a little early.


"Uno dulce de leche churro, por favor." That's the extent of Spanish that I need in order to survive in Peru. There is nothing as delicious as a churro from that yummy little bakery around the corner from our hotel after a long day of corralling kiddos.

My New Tennis Shoes
Aren't they cute? Keep an eye out for these guys in Machu Picchu pictures. That is if I can get them broken in before then. Right now they're just rubbing some nice blisters on my heels.

Machu Picchu

Welcome to one of the new seven wonders of the world. It's nearly impossible to take a picture that is not postcard worthy. This year I'll be headed up the mountain with Mom and Dad. I can't wait to introduce them to the fascinating ruins and the great little shopping village at the base of the mountain.

Miguel Miguel began the orphanage many years ago when he invited some street boys home to live with his family. He calls it "the community" and all of the children are a part of his family. Although he appears calm and laid-back, he is a fierce protector of the kids and he works diligently to meet their needs. Miguel is more like Jesus than any person I've ever encountered.

These Sweet Faces

All of the hard work and time we've put into planning and packing is worth it the moment we see these sweet kiddos. I can't wait to see all my little boys again. They are so precious and full of life! I pray that we can be a blessing to Miguel and all of the community's children.

One week to go! I can't wait to be back in Peru again.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Favorite Things Friday

I want to share with you some things that I love!

Cassie is all that I aspire to be as a blogger someday. Her witty updates on life, family, fantastic finds, and photography bring me great joy. And she likes to give away prizes! I stole the "Favorite Things Friday" from her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Lentils - the other Legume

Although I never tire of black beans and rice, Laura raved about her love of lentils so often that I finally went out and bought a bag. They're dirt cheap, cook in about 15 minutes, and easily adapt to any recipe. I've just begun to scratch the surface of my lentil cooking. I like to cook them in vegetable broth and spices, toss them with some other cooked veggies, and eat them over rice.

Hey Cupcake!

This Austin landmark began as "that place in an airstream trailer with a cupcake on top." I've tried almost all of their cupcakes, but my favorite is the snowcap (chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting.) Then yesterday I branched out and tried the 24 Carrot. Oh my!

This is just the beginning. There are many more favorites to come! :)