African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir visited my church and I saw them perform live on Wednesday! This is so exciting to me because I first saw them on American Idol 2 years ago when I went to Zambia on a mission trip. When I got back to the states I missed African music so much that I bought their CD. 

I think I sat there with a huge smile on my face for the entire time they performed. I loved it. It brought me back to Africa, to the children we taught and played with, to the little girl Martha who wiggled her way into my heart. And as if seeing them perform wasn’t enough, 3 of the girls stayed in our home for 2 nights! It was wonderful. Once again I was Auntie Lisa. And once again I had to interpret their “Africanized” English. I got a little taste of a culture that is not my own and I loved it! 
I want to travel a lot of places, but I definitely want to visit more places in Africa, and if I’m going over there anyway, I think it should be with the purpose of helping. If you’re going to a place of poverty, disease, and hunger, then why not do something about it while you’re there?! It makes sense to me anyway.
Pictures to come…

My Weekend in Arkansas

My time with Josh and his family was so much fun. I had a great time at his Uncle Tom’s lake house. We played with the kids a bunch (his cousins Kate and Seth mostly) – driving them on the golf cart, playing in the pool with them, Josh wrestling them while I told the kids where to pinch, punch, and sit on him :). 

We played Bocce Ball (aka lawn bowling) with the family too. Apparently, I’m not too shabby at 
the Italian game. I won’t mention of course
 that my team lost and Josh’s won. But If we’re keeping track of wins and losses I did beat Josh several times at cards ;).
We also went on a swamp buggy ride with his mom and rode a zip line. That thing picked up speed fast and I went barreling into the hay bale with the wrong landing formation. I strained something in the top of my foot, which eventually felt like nothing compared to the huge knot I got on my head when riding on the back of the golf cart the next day. 
We spent 4th of July evening on the porch watching fireworks go off in 5 or 6 different locations across the hills. It was beautiful. Being a Florida girl I certainly enjoyed the coolness of the summer evenings and mornings as well.
Overall it was a great weekend with family, fun, and delicious food!

The flowers Josh had for me when I arrived in Dallas. I absolutely loved them! He also had strawberries and my favorite Dove chocolate.
Down at the dock.
Our first plane ride together!

Josh and the kids. Love the look in his eye!

4th of July

I’m leaving tomorrow to fly to Dallas where I will meet up with Josh and drive to Arkansas. I’ll be spending Independence Day at his Uncle’s lake house where the big family shin-dig happens every year. (how do you spell shindig?) Anyway, I’m very excited and should be completing the packing process at this moment, but… I’m not. I did, however, paint my toenails and I got rather patriotic with it.