hello from lima! my wifi has been a little spotty but as i shared on my instagram last night, we are currently in peru!
it’s been an incredible experience for our family so far and we are so glad we are here. josh and i decided last minute to book this trip. like, we bought our plane tickets on friday morning and left early sunday! (sometimes the cheapest way to find tickets is to book them last minute! not always, but in this case it worked out nicely!) i don’t know if it means we’re super spontaneous or just complete idiots thinking we can do this sort of thing with three kids, but we went for it.
peru has been on our list of places we have been wanting to visit for a long time, and including an element of service for our family while traveling has also been something we have been wanting to do more of (although difficult to sometimes do abroad with small children, which is why after josh found this nonprofit online and emailed them to see if they’d allow a family with two toddlers and a ten month old to help serve, we jumped on it when they replied YES!) it is called cross cultural solutions. the experience is one we will remember forever.
we ended up extending the invite to come with us to some of my family, and my sister rebekah who lives in LA took the bait and is down here with us for the first part of our trip! my dad is also coming down tomorrow which is the best news ever because he is more familiar with the area and it’s his birthday weekend and he is also fluent in the language (although bekah and josh speak spanish well too, even though they both claim they don’t. and honestly samson counting to 5 in spanish is better than i can do!) it’s a party too, because our friend jenner (who has helped us put together our NYC guide videos and also traveled with us to amsterdam) is here for a few days! we thought it’d be a long shot when we called him friday night at like eleven in the evening all like, hey…. wanna come to peru and help us create something fun!? i always enjoy putting together our own videos, but since we are helping serve down here, and also trying to really be aware of the kids (conrad is still so small and still crawling a bit so need to give him extra attention) anyway, we figured it might be best to have some help of our own!
i’ll share more soon, but below are a couple of photos josh and i took over the last few days…
serving lunch to our new friends!
eleanor really broke out of her shell this trip and went to town dancing by herself for her new friends for about half an hour to traditional peruvian music!
and then, she pulled papa up to join her!
and samson went around the entire circle of people to shake their hands! i really could not get over his determination to make sure he got around to everyone. no one forced him to do this! he did it all on his own and it touched my heart so much! such a sweetheart. this experience has definitely been a powerful one for our family so far.