22 was a wonder[full] year: moving to Haiti, sweet new friendships, & lots of challenges along the way.
I’ve transitioned out of the year of the infamous Taylor Swift song, & into year 23. New song for this year?
Dave Barnes – Twenty Three. It’s a good one – I suggest looking it up.
My 23rd Birthday was a perfect day.
I made coffee & sat at the kitchen table reading – reflecting – praying. Looking back at the past year, & looking ahead at the future. My heart was (and still is) overwhelmed with gratefulness for what the Lord has done & is doing. Then, my wonderful roommate, Raquel, surprised me with a gift that my thoughtful mom brought down when she came to Haiti in MARCH. It had cards & gifts from my mom, precious grandparents, & friends back home. So intentional & thoughtful – thanks everyone!
Then, I opened to door to be greeted by my sweet friend Amanda bringing me fresh flowers in a mason jar & a pretty handwritten note. This friend gets me, y’all.
I spent the morning on the guesthouse roof at staff church, worshiping with the MOH Staff overlooking the country that we so deeply love. Then, I went back up to my apartment to find Amanda making CREPES. Fresh. Homemade. Crepes. With strawberries. What a gift. Lots of sweet friends on staff came up to the apartment to hang out, drink coffee, & eat crepes.
After lunch, I went out to Leveque to spend time with my people. Amanda accompanied me with her beautiful talent of photography, & captured some of my most favorite photos ever. The afternoon was full of singing, dancing, laughing, braiding, hide-&-seeking, spinning, & just plain joy.
J O Y.
I was overwhelmed at the glimpses of grace the entire day.
The day concluded with a “meeting” AKA: surprise Birthday party – up at the Vision House with the staff. Cake, kind words, & friends.
My heart almost burst.
From an outsider’s perspective – there was nothing monumental that took place on that day. But to me? It was one of the most special days I’ve been given. I am so thankful.
Each day, friends – grace is abounding. Do you see it?
All Photos taken by ©Amanda Johnson, 2014