Encouraged & Refreshed.

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We’ve been back from our Fall break for about a month now and I still love looking back on our time home. It was filled with LOTS of travel, which means it was filled with many sweet reunions and we got to see so many of our favorite people. We were encouraged, loved, and blessed by everyone we came in contact with and are SO grateful.

Here are some pictures to tell the story of our time home.
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BELATED ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND/CELEBRATING ONE YEAR IN HAITI:Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset
Matt and I got to take two days when we first got back to get away just the two of us. I cannot even begin to tell ya’ll how much of a blessing it was to be able to spend time just the two of us. We rarely get that time in Haiti. We got to go on dates, relax by the pool, and just enjoy being with each other. Such a blessing.

AUSTIN, TEXAS
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Coffee shops. We. Love. Coffee shops. Needless to say we spent hours in many of the cute little Austin coffee shops. Heaven.

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Sweet, sweet friends. We loved spending time with them and exploring downtown Austin together.
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Rainy afternoons in downtown Austin with two of my favorite people. Photo taking, Modeling, antique shopping, coffee drinking, walking, etc. Matt always takes a billion pictures when he has my phone instead of just one and this may be the first time that I’ve been thankful for 2093423 pictures instead of just 1.

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We ended our time in Austin with a date night at a wonderful restaurant (that served popcorn instead of bread!) and then we met up with our sweet friends to enjoy the rest of the night under some string lights. It was magical.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK
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Farmers market. Love love love. Last summer I remember biking to the little farmers market up the street from Darrick & Jodi’s house and loving it. This year we did the same thing. I love adventuring with this sweet family and we had such a wonderful time with them, even if it was too short.

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TheWELL. No words for how thankful we are for this body of Christ and their constant love and support for us.

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We finally got to meet this sweet bundle of joy that we’ve prayed for for months. Thankful for the joy and grace that is her story and I know the Lord has big plans for her future. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset
I am blessed beyond words by this beautiful woman. She has spent hours, days, months, and years pouring into my life and setting such a great example for so many. So thankful for her hospitality and love.

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
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We came back home just in time for Kevin’s triathlon on Captiva. I couldn’t imagine a better location for a triathlon than here. We got there well before the sun came up, but it was all worth it when we got to watch the sunrise. Oh, and there was coffee. So thankful for that.

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After the triathlon we got to go to breakfast with this precious family. They have been a constant support and encouragement for more years than I can count. I’m so thankful for all of them. So very thankful.

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Matt and I had to take up every opportunity we had to spend time at coffee shops. Coffee + donuts at Bennett’s? A must.

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One of the last things we did in Fort Myers was go out to lunch on the water with my precious grandparents. I am so thankful for their presence and influence in my life and can’t imagine life without them. We sat for hours listening to them tell stories from their childhood, how they met, and other sweet stories from their lives together.

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Our time home was so very needed and so very refreshing. Looking back we are so thankful to have such sweet family and friends who open their homes and give us opportunities to rest and reconnect. I wasn’t sure what to expect coming back to the states after a very busy and sometimes heavy season. The Lord was faithful and gave us exactly what we needed to fill us up so we were ready to head back to Haiti. We came back to Haiti encouraged & refreshed. So so very encouraged & refreshed.

We are so thankful for every one of you. Your sweet words of encouragement, love, hospitality, and interest in our lives in Haiti. You mean more to us than we will every be able to say. Thank you!

4 thoughts on “Encouraged & Refreshed.

  1. So beautifully written Amanda, thank you for sharing your memories and your life with us. We are grateful for all you and Matt are doing in the name of Jesus and blessing all you touch not only in Haiti but everywhere you go. We love you both ❤

    Kelly & Terry

    Kelly Sent from my iPhone

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