Posted by: mckenzie | December 16, 2008

the time has come..

I cannot believe that I fly out tonight. It’s impossible to think that 4 1/2 months have come and gone and my time here is up. I’m getting all emotional and teary eyed just writing this post because my heart is simply not ready to leave this beautiful place. Please don’t misunderstand. I am SO intensely excited to get home and spend Christmas with my family and my friends and to sleep in my own bed and eat good food and take hot showers; but I guess it is true when they say that a heart will always stay one day too long. Carly, Maggie, and I were talking the other night that it is so silly that we are so sad to leave, when literally a week ago we were all so homesick and ready to be home that we thought we would have to change our flights to get home earlier. Now, if I thought my mom wouldn’t totally freak out, I would be ready to change my flight to stay another week.

I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to spend only a short time here in Ghana and to meet some of the most beautiful, joy-filled people on the face of this great earth. My only wish is that I could bring every person that I care about back to Africa with me to show them what life is all about. It’s not about things and possessions, it’s about God’s love for us and our love for others. It’s about living in community with people and spending time together. It’s about living simply and humbly. It’s about celebrating the life we have been given, and living for now, in this very moment. I know this is a lesson that we all grow up learning, but I feel like since coming to Africa, these words have taken root in me and are growing and flourishing to take on new meaning in my life.

I pray that when I return home people can look at me and recognize change. Life here has just been so simple and easy and I want to return home and continue to live simply, and continue to allow myself time to just BE. I want others to see in me the joyfulness that I have seen in the Ghanaian people. I want others to see that I love people with all my heart and no reservations. I want to give myself fully, not only a part, to the Lord to make of me what He wants me to be.

I want so badly to go back through this blog and erase any bad posts or negative comments I ever made about Ghana, but I guess that would mean that I wasn’t being totally real with myself. I just want everyone to know how incredibly wonderful it is here and know that though sometimes it gets hard living in Africa, the good times make up double time for the bad.

I wrote in my very first blog entry that I thought this would be the most life-changing adventure of my short 19 years, and it has not let me down one bit. 3 African countries, many stomach viruses, many many nights with no electricity, no running water, and no indoor plumbing,.. the list continues. It has definitely been an adventure and it will be extremely hard to top. I also said in my first post that there was a possibility that I would wither away to nothing.. too bad that didn’t happen. Actually the opposite happened, but hey, what are you gonna do? They say that if you leave Africa without gaining weight then you did not fully enjoy and immerse yourself in the African culture. Well, I guess I immersed myself double time. I also said in that post that I may or may not return as a hippie.. I guess I’ll let you guys be the judge of that..

My heart is just overflowing with all that I have learned since being here and I just hope that I return refreshed and renewed and ready to take on whatever God has in store for me. I cannot thank all of you enough for the continued prayers and thoughts and emails and comments and packages and letters that I received. I have so many amazing people pouring into my life and I am a better person for knowing each of you. I love you all from African to America and back again. I pray that I can be as much of a blessing in each of your lives as you have been in mine.

So, I guess this is it. I know you are all deeply distraught about not being able to read all my thoughts and feelings anymore on my blog anymore (haha, or not). And I really had planned on being better about blogging, but you know.. it’s Africa. However, if you are interested about my thoughts and feelings still, I will be home on Wednesday the 17th and would love to get coffee or lunch or something. I just want to see people and catch up and hear about everyone’s lives.

Okay, that’s all. Farewell blog, until the next trip abroad.

Posted by: mckenzie | December 4, 2008

a dozen days.. all i have left here in Africa? Crazy!

I’m so excited to be home (just in time for the BEST time of the year), but it’s also starting to get bittersweet as the international student population is thinning out by the day. Each day a few more people leave, and it’s just getting sad to have to say bye to people every single day. My turn will come soon enough. Cant believe how the time has flown by.

So, as you all know, Capetown was WONDERFUL. Such a beautiful place and such a relaxing week for Carly and I. We visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was in prison for 18 years. It was super informative and really surreal to be there. We also got to go wine tasting (i’m legal here, I swear!) in the incredibly beautiful wine country in South Africa. Sunday morning we hit up Hillsong Capetown for a 10:00 worship service. The worship was wonderful and it just made me want to hurry up and get back to my favorite church in the world. We got to do so many things and see so many incredible sights. I just feel so blessed to have this opportunity to travel around this incredible continent.

We missed our flight on the way back to Ghana (not our fault), so South African Airways put us up in a super nice hotel for 3 days and two nights with room service, hot showers, steak dinners, chocolate mousse and other things that made us feel like we weren’t anywhere near Africa.

We got back to Ghana just in time for Thanksgiving, so a bunch of us crowded around 2 hot plates in our hostel kitchen to try to make something that somehow resembled a Thanksgiving meal. Someone picked up a roasted chicken (from who knows where) and threw together anything green they could find (there isn’t much) for a salad. Thanks to the stove top stuffing, mash potatoes, and macaroni and cheese sent by the parents, it ended up being somewhat successful and made for some great Africa memories. I have so much to be thankful for this year; amazing parents, brothers, extended family, friends, boyfriend, church, and everyone that has been praying for me and thinking about me during the last 4 months. I am so blessed.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m getting more and more excited about Christmas, especially as I read people’s blogs from back home and see family photos. Ahh, Christmas time will be so sweet this year! It’s so hard to imagine that the Christmas season is here, considering I just spent the past five days laying on a beach (and getting tan, of course:)) and swimming in the ocean. Be jealous.

Keep praying for me over the next 12 days. This is been such a journey for me and I know it would not have been what is was without the daily thoughts and prayers sent my way, I am so grateful for all of you. Lots of love from Ghana.

Beautiful, beautiful Capetown.


More hiking days.


Carly and I looking super sophisticated.


Our happiest day in Kalk Bay, our favorite artsy town with the BEST coffee shops.


Posted by: mckenzie | November 20, 2008

died and gone to heaven.

Look at me. Only been in Capetown for two days now and already busting out a blog entry. Anways..

This. place. is. amazing.

Beautiful blue skies, not a cloud in the sky, perfect weather, air conditioning, hot showers, good.. no incredible.. food everywhere, bluest water i’ve ever seen, most unbelievably beautiful mountains.. I mean God must have worked extra hard on Capetown when He created this world. This is without a doubt the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. It’s been such a wonderful escape over the last couple of days. Although, I truly, truly love Ghana and the life that I have been living there, it has been so nice to get away for a little bit and see more of this incredible continent.

I had a little scare on Monday night when we arrived at the Ghana airport. Apparently US Air messed up big time when booking my flight and booked me for a nonexistent flight, so I wasn’t on any flight to Capetown. But no worries, I shed a few tears, they felt bad, and everything got worked out. The flight was nearly empty, so Carly and I both stretched out and slept the whole way.. it was wonderful.

We are staying with a friend of Carly’s here in Capetown, so he was there to pick us up from the airport when we arrived. We dropped our stuff off at his place and wasted no time getting started here. We climbed Lion’s Head mountian, had an incredible lunch by the waterfront, and just spent time catching up and relaxing. Yesterday we went down to Boulder Beach to hang out with some penguins, then took a scenic drive down to Cape Point, which is where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. It was beautiful.

Today will be filled with Table Mountian, and some good shopping! I cant wait.

Now for some pictures…

Lion’s Head mountain.


Just me, climbimg rocks and being awesome.


Just breathtakingly beautiful views.


Capetown, from the top of Lion’s Head.


Carly and I at the top of Lion’s Head.




So, those should hold you over for now. More to come soon! Miss you all, love you all. Less than a month before I am home!

Oh, and I’m currently looking out the window of the internet cafe and watching the 2010 World Cup Capetown Stadium being built 200 feet away from me.. so cool.

Posted by: mckenzie | November 13, 2008

an elephantless weekend:(

This past weekend Carly and I took a trip to Tamale, Northern Ghana because of an amazing connection we had to a Ghanaian guy that is living in there, thanks to some friends from Charlotte. Tamale is super close (or so we thought) to Mole National Park which is known for its wide array of exotic animals living in their natural habitats. Ha. All I wanted was to see an elephant. Didn’t matter how far away or how big. Just wanted to see an elephant.

So we took the supposed 12 hour (15 hour) bus ride to Tamale to meet Mark, who was going to take us around the north and travel with us to Mole since we didn’t know anything about traveling in the north. Well, bless his heart, Mark had come down with a horrible strand of Malaria and was totally out of it all weekend. So that left Carly and I on a bus to Mole alone.. no idea where we were staying when we got there or if we would even get there. Not to mention the bus was scheduled to leave at 1:30, so no problem, we would be there before it was dark and sketchy out and find somewhere to stay and everyone would be happy. Well, you know that bus didn’t leave until around 5:30, when it was already dark in Tamale. And there were all kinds of live animals on the bus with us, that’s weird right? Like a little girl sitting next to me holding a chicken by the neck.. not normal. Anyways, by the time we got to Mole, all of Africa was asleep. Thank goodness we found a room available and went to sleep quickly so we could get up for our walking safari early the next morning. We were so excited, we were going to see real, live, African elephants.

Well, we woke up the next morning to the sound of warthogs (like Pumba from the Lion King) snorting through trash outside our door and antelopes grazing in the grass literally 10 feet away from our room. Sweet. Little did we know, those same warthogs and antelope would be the highlight of our walking safari. Anyways, we caught up with the group and walked and walked for a few hours. Saw more warthogs and antelope than I’ve ever wanted to see, a family of baboons, lots of birds, and bugs.. no elephants. Not one.

We thought it was just because it is the wet season here in Ghana and because elephants don’t like the rain, that they had migrated somewhere else for this season. Nope. EVERY SINGLE OTHER GROUP saw elephants. Multiple. Such a bummer.

Anyways, the weekend was good. We traveled for something like 36 out of 90 hours of the weekend, which is enough to make me never want to get on a bus again. But the scenery was beautiful, we saw the most beautiful sunsets and met wonderful people. There are blessings in everything.

The internet is crazy right now, so I only have a couple pictures for you. Sorry!

Carly and I looking rough on the longest bus ride of our lives.


When I took this picture, I thought the camera was zoomed it. Nope. That warthog was like a foot away from me.


And now.. a picture of my senile Art History professor. Oldest professor at the University.. and he gets crazier and more inappropriate and more out of his mind everyday. And no joke, he weighs less than my mom. But he makes us all laugh a lot.


So that’s all for now. 5 weeks from yesterday, I will be home! And Carly and I leave for South Africa in 4 days!! Cannot wait.

So much love to you all! (But today, especially Teri Miller, who sent such a great package, you are wonderful!!)

Posted by: mckenzie | November 1, 2008

picture overload.

Just pictures as of recently. Some are completely random. Some from lunch at our sweet Jane’s house. Other’s from Halloween.. don’t hate on the choice of costume. It’s Africa, you do what you can.. geeks it was.

Beautiful Joanna.. such a sweet, humble spirit.

80’s chick, freaks and geeks, quailman!

WATERMELON CARVING! (that’s Africa in case you are bad at geography..)

Beautiful day at the botanical gardens.

Lots of friends at Indian food one night.

Carly, Eric, and I.. a nice little trio.

Digging up seashells with tons of village kids.. couldn’t be happier.

So many pictures, sorry! Enjoy! Love you all and pray you are having a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Happy November:)

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints”-Ephesians 1:18

Posted by: mckenzie | October 31, 2008

africa as of lately…

I’m so bad at blogging, I’m so sorry. Don’t lose faith in me, I always comeback strong.

Anyways, Africa as of lately has been… surprisingly busy. But in such a good way. I feel like we are finally getting the hang of everything here, and Africa is finally starting to feel a little bit like home (but no worries people in Charlotte/Chapel Hill, I won’t get too comfortable). I really feel blessed to be here for an entire semester, and not just a few weeks because I really feel like it has taken me this long to get completely acclimated to the culture here. Of course, it’s Africa, and there are still things that shock me about this culture everyday, but it’s definitely starting to feel more normal to see naked people everyday, or cows just chilling on the side of the road.

On monday, Carly and I had an incredible opportunity to take a tour of the Ghana UNICEF building. We had a connection through a highschool mate of Carly’s who’s mom has worked at Ghana UNICEF for 17 years now. If you don’t know, UNICEF stands for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund and is a nonprofit that is constantly working towards educating children, improving water sanitation, giving immunizations to children, and raising up women to take leadership roles in communities. Pretty much everything I am interested in doing for the rest of my life. It made me so confident in the fact that I am supposed to major in Child Development and Family Studies and that there are so many opportunities in this field. I got so excited about the fact that my major could enable me to get a job that is solely based on serving and empowering and bringing up strong women in children in communities, even in my own country! Such an inspiring day.

We took a field trip last weekend for our Art History class to a few different art museums around town. It was so much fun and again so inspiring to see all of these striving artists living on almost nothing, but doing what they love to do. I’m so not an artsy person, as much as I wish that I was.. but for some reason African art just reminds me that we are all creative in our own ways, it’s all about how you channel your creativity and what you direct it towards. I know that I can’t paint a mural or carve a sculpture, but I also know that I work well with people and am creative in how I lead others. Creativity is all about perspective and perception.

I went to all of my classes this week, meaning not a single one was cancelled.. big week in Ghana. Classes end in two week which is just crazy, and I come home in 49 days or something outrageous like that.

Tonight.. being Halloween and all, some of us International kids are going to try to introduce Ghana to Halloween, because Halloween is about the only thing Africans don’t celebrate. Tonight should consist of bobbing for apples in dirty water, carving watermelons instead of pumpkins (gotta improvise), and trick or treating for.. I don’t know.. maybe groundnuts? Cause you know they don’t have candy in Africa and I’m not about to sacrifice any of my precious sour patch kids. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll definitely have some picture to post soon!

I promise to be better about blogging this next week! I love and miss you all!

Posted by: mckenzie | October 22, 2008

pure bliss.

Those two words, and this picture pretty much sum up my weekend. It’s okay to be jealous.

Camping on a beach.. no, not just a beach.. paradise. Access to indoor plumbing!! Free all you can eat breakfast (the best news we heard all weekend). Falling asleep and waking up to the crashing waves literally 20 feet away. Perfect sunsets. Perfect sunrises. Diving through waves all day long. Getting torn up and exhausted by the ocean. Meeting awesome Danish people that gave us their leftovers so we wouldn’t have to buy lunch. Actually being chilly at night time. Sandy feet 24/7. Gross/awesome tangled hair/almost dreads from the salt air. Digging up seashells with village children. Eating a coconut that fell to the sand from the tree giving us shade. Pure bliss.

It’s so crazy how much I feel God everywhere here. I know He is always there and always with me, but I literally feel Him in the breeze here. I love it so much that I wish I never had to leave it. This beautiful place, these beautiful people, His perfect creations. They are all around me here, and I couldn’t be happier.

Posted by: mckenzie | October 16, 2008

just an udate on life.

So, I realized that I’ve been trying to get way too deep in these last posts. I should probably just tell you about me.. what I’ve been doing and how I am, rather than all the boring life lessons I am learning from Africa.

I’m healthy! Which is so good and such a blessing. Still having some serious stomach issues.. but I think that just comes with the territory. My mom still thinks I should post about my doctor/medical clinic experience, but I think I’ll spare you all the gory details. I think I can pretty much sum it up in four words.. stool sample, African style. Good times all around, no doubt.

We’ve pretty much mastered the game of finding ‘western food’ around Accra. We know the best places for hamburgers, pizza, ice cream, etc. and you could say we are pretty much regulars at each place. Ghanaian food hasn’t gotten any more appetizing. It is still just a mound of dough in a bowl of oily soup.. probably wont change much over the next two months. But hey, I gave it a go and I threw up every time I ate it (no joke), so I would say it’s pretty fair for me to stick to food I know.

We have also mastered the Tro-tro system and are pretty darn good at getting around town. I have also recently become a master negotiator and can use my sweet charm to bargain for a taxi pretty darn well.

Carly and I always talk about how strange it is to be in our shoes when people ask us what Ghana looks like or what the campus is like. We always wonder what our family and friends see in their mind when they try to imagine where we are. We try to describe it to people as vividly as we can but it’s so hard to describe because we simply live it everyday. So we both thought we would try to give you a little look through our eyes of what we see each day.

So here is a little picture tour of our lives in Africa, its not much, hopefully I will do more soon.. but this is a good place to start…

This is me and Carly’s room. Yes, our beds are pushed together like we are 5 year olds at a sleep over, but it works better this way because somehow our room was unofficially named the hang out room (probably because Carly and I are super cool and everyone wants to be like us) so at any point and time during the day there are usually at least 5 people just in our room being awesome. And we watch movies/Lost every night in here on my 5 inch DVD player.. so people have to get real close and personal. (and no, I have not become a cleaner, neater, more organized person.. Carly made me make my bed and clean my side of the room for this picture)

The view from our door. We like the setup of the International Student Hostel because everyone is always out and about and it social makes life so much easier. Except, since it is set up this way, it echos like crazy and for some reason African people wake up at ungodly hours of the morning and are always banging around and yelling African words at each other, making it impossible to sleep in past 8 am. Rough life.

Our bathroom. Sometimes is works, most times is doesn’t. Good thing I’ve taken a real liking to peeing outdoors (I know what you are thinking, McKenzie is so earthy now, and yes, you are right. I am such a hippie.. i wish.) Also, there is another bathroom directly above ours, so the run-off from that bathroom drains from a pipe directly above and into our showers. Needless to say, sometimes when you aren’t paying attention, minding your own business, taking a below freezing shower and you feel a strangely warm flow of liquid.. it’s not an answered prayer for a hot shower, it’s someone elses filth/waste.

Outside of home sweet ISH2. I feel like this picture makes ISH look nice, kind of like the Hilton of Africa. Don’t be fooled by Carly’s sick photography skills, it’s not that nice. I can’t have you guys at home thinking I am living some kind of comfortable life here.. then you will stop feeling bad for me and stop sending me nice letters and sour candy. We are truly roughing it, I promise.

Our sweet little market.. more affectionately known as the Night Market, or NM for short. This is where we eat the majority of our meals. Yes, I know it looks a little sketchy and no, in no way is the food source sanitary.. but it’s food none-the-less, so no complaints here.

Pretty crazy to think that we are on the downward climb of this trip. It almost feels like we are on the homestretch already.. considering we have 12 days of classes left and less than 2 months (with at least three weeks of this spent traveling) before we come back to the states. It’s also crazy to think that when we get home it will be Christmas time! We will be coming from over 100 degree days to hopefully cold weather (you never really know in North Carolina, though). It will be so so great to have almost a month to reunite with my wonderful family and friends before heading back to Chapel Hill, which I am excited about too! I feel like life has just been put on pause since coming to Africa.. which means my American life skipped straight from summer time to Christmas time.. pretty sweet deal.

Until next time, much love from Ghana!

(sorry these posts are always so long, who knew I could be so long-winded?)

Posted by: mckenzie | October 8, 2008

finding joy every single day.

I am back to absolutely loving Africa. We all knew it wouldn’t take too long. It’s impossible to not love a place so full of God’s love and beauty. While I was all down and out a couple weeks ago, I just started praying relentlessly that God would allow me to find the joy and beauty in every single day. I did not want a single day to go by that I did not stop and look around and remember again how blessed I am to be where I am, when I am; precisely placed in this situation by God to do all I can to bring glory to Him. He has answered my prayers and then some. In the past few weeks, I feel like God has just been throwing little ideal moments at me to remind me to be joyful always and to stop pretending like I don’t have anything to be thankful for. I’ve seen more perfect sunsets in the past few days than I have seen in my 19 years of living all together. I’ve made some incredible new friends, that I know wont be just friends in Africa, but will continue to be in my life after returning home. I’ve seen new places in Ghana, been to a completely new country (Togo), and learned bits and pieces of new languages over the past weeks. I’m in Africa for crying out loud. If that’s not something to be thankful for and excited about, I don’t know what is.

I am reading an awesome book right now (also a movie, haven’t seen it yet, heard it’s great too) called Into the Wild. A couple great quotes that stuck out to me and encouraged me…

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

“You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”

Thought these were nice, and extremely relevant to this stage of my life. Yay joyfulness.

In other news, this past weekend was fantastic. Me and 8 other friends took a trip to another country with no plan or agenda. We traveled across the eastern border to Togo, a super skinny, usually overlooked west African country. We decided late late late on Thursday night that we would go to Togo on Friday morning. We set out with no idea how we would get there, where we would stay, what we would do, or how long we would go. Somehow it all worked out and ended up being one of the most enjoyable and memorable weekends we have had yet.

It was so crazy to see how as soon as we crossed the border of Ghana and Togo there was such a stark difference between the two countries. Different language, different currency, different forms of transportation. We were so lucky to quickly make friend with a guy named Rudolph who showed us a cheap hotel to stay at and ended up being our tour guide for the entire weekend. It was such a blessing to have him with us. It is extremely rare to meet a random guy on the street that genuinely wants to help and show us around without having other motives. But Rudolph was just truly a good guy and a good friend to us over our three day stay in Togo. We visited an island called Togoville all day on Saturday, where the primary religion is voodooism. We didn’t really get to see anything super voodoo, but there was definitely just a different vibe we got from being there. One of the best moments from the weekend was on the boat coming back to the mainland. The boat ride was just long enough to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets change into a black sky full of a million bright starts and an incredible hang-nail moon. It was perfect.

My personal favorite moment of the weekend happened on our way out of the country. We walked along the coast line on our way to the border. The sun was so hot, and the ocean looked so refreshing that Maggie and I could not take it anymore. We both dropped our bags and ran into the ocean fully clothed. We swam for close to 30 minutes just getting torn apart by the huge waves. It was so awesome to think about how I was in the exact same ocean that I spend all of my summers swimming in, only this time I was half way across the world on the directly opposite coastline. The world is a cool thing.

Oh, and I cant wait to introduce you people back home to Togolese tea. It’s the best thing since sour patch kids, you’re going to love it.

Thank you for the emails, messages, thoughts, and prayers. I can’t thank you enough. Africa is truly wonderful and there is no where else I would rather be.. except maybe on my way to Catalyst to hear my incredible Pastor speak!

Also, thank you to all my friends and family who have donated to Sarah and Mary’s education. I don’t know how I will ever repay you all for your kindness, except to say that you are all storing up treasures in heaven and these sweet girls will never be the same because of you! Thank you again, God bless!

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalms 126:3

Posted by: mckenzie | September 29, 2008

dancing the days away.

I’ve been suffering from some serious writers block lately, sorry about that. I feel like I have just gotten into a routine here and I am just going through the motions, which is exactly what I DON’T want to do here. I forget at times that I am still in Africa, and that there are still people at home interested in my days, even if they just feel routine to me. So here goes..

Saturday was one of the most fun days I have had in a few weeks here in Ghana. A bunch of us went with our drumming professor (yes, I am in a drumming class. yes, i have mad rhythm. and yes, we meet outside, on the ground, under a tree, for class. if that’s not African, I don’t know what is) to the Volta region, which is east Ghana, for a village durbar. A durbar is a festival designed to get the village together to just simply fellowship and celebrate. It was so happy and and joyful. We walked for over a mile through the town dancing and running and jumping and laughing at how crazy fun Africa is, while others played drums and chanted and held the chief of the village high above the rest of us. It was one of the single, most beautiful moments I’ve experienced since being here. As my friend Maggie would say, it was one of those infinite life moments, when you want to be immortal and stay in that moment forever, and when you know that everyone in the world would love to do or be exactly where you are at that exact moment in time.

It’s so crazy to me how full of life these people are, non-stop joyfulness just exudes through them, and you cant help but dance when you are around them. I love that if music is playing, they are dancing. To them, it’s like, if you CAN dance, why the heck wouldn’t you? They dance through the streets of their villages, during every moment of a church service, at celebrations, even at funerals. Life just seems a lot sweeter when you throw dancing into the mix. So go put on some good music, and dance. You will be a whole lot happier if you do!

Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp. -Psalms 149:3

A few other tidbits of info for you..

-I’ve had to cut my nails twice now, because they are so long.. and I’ve never had to cut my nails before in my life.

-Apparently fruit flies breed in banana peels? Whoops, missed that chapter in biology. Needless to say, we’ve got a little fruit fly problem in our room from a month old banana peel. My bad.

-We also have a lizard living in our room that we cant catch. So, room 127 has turned into a mini-animal kingdom.

-My friend Kelly wrote the greatest blog entry I’ve read in a long, long time. All About What You Take In, go read it! You’ll want to read it over and over.

Last, but not least..

-Just finalized plans.. I’m going to South Africa for a week in November! I cant wait! So excited!

I love you all endlessly and I miss you even more! Thank you for the love and encouragement. Now, go dance!

All pictures taken by Carly of course!!

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