After so many weekends of travel, I was excited to spend a weekend at home. Not just in Vevey, but really at home. I wanted to spend some time enjoying my apartment. So, hosting seemed like a good option to accomplish being with friends and enjoying my home.
On Friday night, eight friends came over for dinner. I am American and only know how to make hearty food, so meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn were on the menu. (I will say that I’m becoming Swiss with my selection of appetizers…well, minus the chips & guacamole.) And, since we didn’t get to have the 30th surprise party for my friend a few weeks ago, I opted to make her funfetti cake (complete with champagne bottle candles, of course) for dessert. I don’t know how you’re supposed to explain what funfetti is to a Turkish friend, but he was a rock star and ate it. Can you say sugar overload?
On Saturday, I went with a friend to purchase some outdoor furniture. She has a bigger car than me – perfect for hauling large items! I found some good stuff at Hornbach (the equivalent of Home Depot…same orange signs and everything). We managed to fit this huge box in her car (which obviously warranted a high five)…
…and it fit in the elevator, too! (I’m SO glad…carrying it up five stories would have been intense!)
You know who your real friends are when they help haul furniture. Especially friends who show up for an afternoon of hanging out only to find that some manual labor is required before they can come in and relax. 🙂 Five girls from my Connect Group came over for the afternoon. We enjoyed the view, yummy food, and the good company. I’m grateful to be meeting so many amazing people from around the world while living here. At the end of our time together, we realized that all of us were from a different country – Canada, Singapore, UK, South Africa, Norway, and the US.
I started assembling the new furniture after the girls left, but ran out of daylight. Today, I finished, and I’m thrilled with the final product! Hooray for spring time!
A table & chairs and a grill are coming in the next few weeks or so. I will be fully prepared for outdoor living soon. This is my first place with outdoor space in grown-up life, and I am thrilled! Just an excuse to host some more in the coming months!
Today was an amazing Sunday. It was so good to be back after so much travel. The message was entitled “Nothing Is Impossible,” and it was such an amazing reminder of God’s power to do the impossible. Even when we can only ask “how?” I loved being reminded of how God has done the impossible before in the lives of Moses, Joshua, Balem, Elisha, Mary, and Peter.
They were also recruiting people to help with kids church in the summer time when they give the regular teachers some time off. I will be volunteering one Sunday with the 2-4 year olds, and I got a bottle of bubble for choosing to sign up. I laughed, because this free gift is the first kid-friendly toy at my house! (I’m also very aware that the fact that I will voluntarily be spending 1-2 hours with a bunch of little ones is shocking, but my time here is all about firsts, right?)
This afternoon, I went for a walk with a colleague who is visiting from the US. She arrived this morning for meetings this week. We walked along the lake in the gorgeous sunshine and then sat and enjoyed a coffee overlooking the water and the mountains. I STILL have so many moments where I can’t believe I live here.
Add in catch up phone calls with friends in China and the US, and I have to say that it was an amazing weekend. I love the weekend adventures, but it’s also great to enjoy a “normal” weekend at home.