This weekend I went on an adventure. A gal from the YWAm Amsterdam base planned on a hiking weekend in France, but her fellow mates couldn’t go last minute. So….Tegan and I filled in as their replacement. At first when they mentioned that I should join them I thought there was no chance of that happening because it would mean I would leave Cora for the weekend. Josh insisted that I go for the weekend and he would take care of Cora. This was my first time to be away from Cora so I had mixed feelings, but my heart ached for a spontaneous adventure! We left that night and stayed at a hotel near the Dutch border, woke up around 10am (glorious!) and made our way to Brussels! The photo above is our, OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE IN BRUSSELS! face. For lunch we enjoyed warm waffles and crispy frites! If eating waffles and fries everyday is wrong then I don’t want to be right.Brussels, you are so delicious. We also spotted the Mannekepis fountain statue! We were all a bit shocked to find that the statue was literally about a foot tall. Several people around us also whispered to one another, “i thought it would be bigger. Didn’t you think it would be bigger?” We laughed about it for the longest time after that.
After our time in Belgium we drove to France to do some hiking. We had a fun/creepy experience finding the house we rented for the night and ended up not hiking because of the snow and sleet. A little bit of a bummer but we still had fun staying up till the early hours of the morning sharing stories of our lives with one another. It was that night in the small french village that I felt I learned more about these two girls. With the weather working against us we decided to leave the next day and go to Annalynes home town in Oldebroek. Being in her home was the first time in a long time I have really felt at home. Candles were lit, Apple pie was baking in the oven, and fresh cream ontop of hot coco was made. Home. Her Parents were so welcoming and hospitable it was a blessing to spend time with them. We explored an old city near her house and heard stories of her grandparents who lived there. Such rich and deep history that I felt privileged to know.
The whole weekend was refreshing and life giving. Im thankful for the time I was able to spend with the girls and forming deeper relationships. Im reminded over and over again how important community and relationships are. It truly is a gift that the Lord wants us to grow and find joy in. I hope the start of 2015 was exciting and full of new things for each of you!