Seriously, how fun is it to have no short of 80 high school kids together in a hilly field making human ice cream sundaes? Carrying marshmallows in their armpits, cherries between their toes, ice cream on their stomachs, and whipped cream on their heads, they had to run across a field to relinquish the ingredients on to their very own human ice cream sundaes. It’s times like these, where we can play hard and carelessly, that i really love what Young Life is about. How could a giant ice cream food fight not break down walls in relationships? I’m so grateful that Young Life is so fun and relationally intentional, and I adore living life with these kids.
Their ease and comfort around each other, their inside jokes, and their natural sense of encouragement made it so obvious that these two were the best of friends. I had so much fun with you girls and was grateful that you shared your stunning smiles with me as we ran around in the middle of the day trying to find “cool” and shadowless places to take pictures! Here are some of my favorites:
Davidson has spring break a little bit earlier than most other colleges, and going to the Dominican Republic was such a nice escape from the February chill! We spent time in Jarabacoa working on Pico Escondido Young Life camp, experinced a Dominican church service (in Spanish!!), climbed rocks and hiked up a creek to a stunning waterfall, and ate way too many meals of rice and beans. The community I have been blessed with at Davidson never ceases to amaze me, and it was so fun to spend a week serving with the most fun people I know.
Each morning before breakfast, we were given 45 minutes of quiet time. Watching the sunrise over the surrounding mountains was so uniquely beautiful each day.
This is the lodge where we slept, had club, and learned to dance Merengue!
Love the sunflare that made it in so many of the pictures!
There is a lizard on the tree… they were everywhere!
All the different buildings in town had such fun textures and colors. I could’ve easily spent forever walking around town with my camera.
After lots of delays, a cancelled flight, an extra night in a resort, and some unexpected beach play time, we made it back safely, but I am so ready to fly back to the land of 3 o’clock pineapple snacks, speaking spanish, and tropical weather!