Yesterday I shared about some not-so-exciting stuff that happened last week and you can read about that here. Today I have some VERY exciting news to share that also happened last week. Drum roll…
MY SISTER IS HOME!
My little sister, homegirl, bff, fave, and brain twin is home!! Brie has been living and serving in Kenya for the past 2 years and only has the opportunity to travel home about once a year. I cannot be happier she’s here! Unfortunately/fortunately Brie arrived home in the midst of terrible hospital week 2014. This was sucky for her, as Ray and I had planned on picking her up in Atlanta and visiting the aquarium, but great for me because I was in the middle of a meltdown and needed my sister.
Brie will be home until the beginning of January, which gives us lots of time to do things like watch Little Women while eating pizza and wearing leggings. You know, the important stuff.
If you’re local (or even if you aren’t) take some time to ask her about her life in Kenya. Let her tell you about her sewing project or her friends or the Cheese Palace. I promise you wont regret it!
Last Monday, after 3 months of being home, my sister started her return trip to her second home in Nakuru, Kenya. I’m soooooo glad she was able to visit for an extended period of time. She’s my best friend and I miss her everyday. I’m so thankful to have a sister I love and get along with. I’m also thankful that she doesn’t judge me for my messy house or for wearing leggings as pants. Brie posted her first vlog! Watch it!
Guys, my sister is 22 today. 22!! I remember sitting in a waiting room watching Sleeping Beauty waiting on her to be born. She’s my best friend and one of the funniest people you will ever meet in your entire life.
Brie (or Senorita or Brita or Rita or RRRRIIIIIITTTTTTTTAAAAAAAA) currently lives in Nakuru, Kenya working for His Cherished Ones International. So, I mean, she’s basically just playing with way cute babes in the Af all day.
I love my Rita sooooooooooooooooooooo much. Go tell her Happy Birthday on her
facebook. Or her twitter. Or her blog (which she will hopefully update soon.)
My sister, Brie, will soon be moving to Africa. I have super mixed emotions about it because I’m SO excited for her but I also might cry everyday because she’ll be so far away. I wanted her to a write a little something on this blog so you guys could be thinking about and praying for her while she’s traveling and once she gets there. So, here she is…
Guys, I’m moving to Kenya in two weeks! Does that make me a crazy person? Probably. I’m not really packed at all (except I have been washing ALL of my clothes tonight… and it’s been treacherous), I don’t have all the money I need, and I don’t even know exactly what I’m going to be doing there, but I’m so excited! I’ve felt God calling me to international missions for a long time, and now He’s opened the doors to Nakuru, Kenya and is clearly leading me there to share the Gospel and love my far-away neighbors. I’m moving to Nakuru with a sweet family (read about them here), and we will be working with His Cherished Ones International. AKA I basically get to play with babies all the time. Holla! But my main focus will be serving the family so they can be more effective in their ministries… so like maybe cooking (they don’t really have cheese and their milk is boxed and mostly comes in flavors like cotton candy and banana… what’s a girl to do?) and maybe like doing laundry. But most importantly, this means I get to wear leggings and a top knot all day every day, my dream come true! 😉 Please keep me in your prayers as I pack all my stuff at the last minute, say goodbye to the people I love most, make the 27-hour journey to Kenya, and get used to living in a very different culture. More specifically, please pray for smooth adjustments to the Kenyan culture, living with a family and in a home that is not my own, and dealing with discomforts and changes in general. I mean, boxed bubblegum-flavored milk and only spray-on deodorant… come on.
My sister, Brie, is hilarious, stylish, wonderful, creative, brave, ridiculous and even so much more. She likes colors, folk art, vintage. Her bedroom is a huge reflection of who she is and her aesthetic. She loves to display fun and personal details. I just love it so much!
So, it’s my pleasure to introduce you all to Brie!
“My bedroom is basically a funny mixture of current Brie and 12-year-old Brie (hello, lavender walls and strange light-colored gigantic furniture. Think Ray Romano’s headboard in Everybody Loves Raymond… because I own the exact same one.) I have lots and lots of trinkets that I’ve somehow accumulated over the years from thrift stores and Christmas presents from my mom and Alliray, and I love them. I really like old jewelry and clip-on earrings, and I’ve gotten a lot of mine from a jewelry box gold mine that my mom inherited. I also love hand-made things! My grandpa used to be an incredible wood-worker and my grandma did a lot of adorable embroidery and sewing, so I have several things that they’ve created displayed in my room. Most of my other artwork and handmade treasures have come from thrift stores and craft festivals.”
Lemon curtains my mom made followed by cloth cats my Nonnie made!
Hello, popsicle stick lamp!
Jewelry box I found at a craft festival.
Vintage circus bowl filled with homemade soap by my friend, Tim!
“Basically my room is just a big mess of all the things and details that I love! It makes me feel like myself and like I can breathe. In just over a month, I’ll be moving to east Africa, but I will definitely be bringing along a few of these things so I can feel like I’m at home… even on the other side of the world. My bedroom is my fave place to be, and I love it so much. Even my purple walls and dusty bookshelves and middle-aged adult furniture.” 🙂