I’m so excited to share this week’s Loveliest Things with you because it’s about all things World Race. If you’re unfamiliar with the World Race, it’s an 11 country 11 month mission trip that goes around the world. I did the World Race in 2011, and my husband Carl did it too! This Loveliest Things comes to us from Sara Torres who’s currently traveling around the world. Thanks for giving us a peek into your life Sara!
1. Hanging Laundry
There is something about fresh morning dew on the grass, crowing roosters and laundry hanging on a line that stops time in its tracks. Every morning on the world race, I roll out of bed and put no makeup on and live in a place where time goes slowly, neighbors say hello, people come to your door to say hello and the fresh cotton smell intertwines with the Guatemalan wind.
2. Coffee Delights
This is a candy that I discovered for the first time in Latin America. Not only the taste but the smell is a rich- a small piece of home. When it melts on my tongue, I feel like I’m nestled into a cozy chair in the Barnes and Noble drinking my steaming cup of joe.
3. Constant Snuggles
This year on the World Race, I’ve discovered the beauty of not having so much personal space. Everything is shared. If you are laughing, crying, on the toilet, everyone knows. This sounds like a bad thing, but it’s extremely refreshing to be more vulnerable than ever before, to have eight people gather around a tiny iPad to watch an episode of Gilmore Girls and to pile everyone in the bed for hours of pillow talk.
4. Secret Gardens
You know what The United States needs more of? Tin roofs and flowers draping from the ceiling. I will admit that the first time that I went to visit a widow’s house, I was instantly thankful for everything I had back home, but when she took me to her hideaway nook, I was blown away. During the day, she sits on her back porch in this glorious piece of heaven as the wind blows through the hanging vines.
5. Happy Widows
This is Juana. People call her “Chana.” She is 92-years-old and has a sparkling personality that draws everyone in like magnets. She hugged all of us, she sang for us and she told us that she talks to Jesus every morning, and she thinks that’s why she has so much joy- precious!
Sara Torres is a folk painter, a southern writer and a world racer from the Smokey Mountains. She loves Jesus, the sound of a fiddle, a glass of sangria and can appreciate a chivalrous southern gentleman who holds the door open. She may get a grownup job when she gets back home but could see herself as a yoga instructor. You can read about her adventures at saratorres.theworldrace.org.
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