Dream Vacation

I’ve traveled the world and grew up in tropical paradise Rio, and I’m telling you this: Savannah, GA is awesome.

I went on a much-needed, budget-friendly getaway with my friend Robin, and we stayed with a friend of a friend, who is now our friend Cheryl. I have so many pictures and memories. Allow me to share a few? It’ll all make you want to go there!

It was 3 days and 3 nights, the perfect amount of time to get away but not get carried away. Who knew we lived 4 hours away from all this? :]

My feet dipped into very cold ocean water and were delightfully covered in sand. I found the perfect souvenir seashell to remember Tybee Island. The sunrise covered the water with a golden shimmer. It was therapeutic to watch it, to know that God set it up to be breath-taking, knowing how much I love it. Oh how sweet He is.

savsunriseAt the park, I took a turn at the swing set while the playground was still mostly empty. I swung high enough until the chains would give that scary jolt, when the tension loosens and catches. Freedom. And yes, sometimes freedom looks like going backwards and forwards, next to other people just going backwards and forwards, just enjoying the breeze and moving nowhere, gripping chains. How odd, right? Feeling free while holding on to chains? I felt like a small child, as I closed my eyes and breathed it all in. I didn’t feel so much like a child after stopping, realizing my hips didn’t quite fit and my hands smelled of rust, and one of my feet tingled from falling asleep. Worth it. Still one of my favorite things in the world: swing sets.

folkduoI ate delicious food, drinks, and desserts. I had a chocolate waffle cone at Leopold’s. I had my favorite dessert: creme brulee with a bellini at Lulu’s. We went to a ships and sea museum, and got a tour of the first African church in North America… yeah! Rode in trolleys through the city, hearing about all the history. We had horchata lattes and croissants, and actually had good coffee. We had amazing omelettes at The Breakfast Club. I laid down on a park bench and stared up through oak tree branches to a bright blue sky. We walked and marveled that the squares were so romantic, so lovely! There were French fountains, gazebos, old brick buildings, and weddings going on all over the place. We walked into the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and tried to take in all the details on the walls and ceilings. It felt so nice to walk around in a long skirt and sandals, to not be cold. I had the joy of meeting up with one of the girls from my summer trip to Uganda, Katelyn. She might be coming with me to Uganda again this summer, here’s to hoping! It was a wonderful surprise to meet Alice, one of the girls who had followed my World Race blogs, and is now gearing up to go on her World Race! Can’t wait to follow her stories and return the blessing. How cool to have a late lunch with them at Soho South Cafe!!! So many worlds colliding.

sohoAnd we returned to good ol’ Gainesville on Monday. Robin now is on her way to Malaysia for the month, and I am gearing up for a mighty leadership training weekend for Phylla House leaders. Full submersion into the deep waters of God, being fully out of control. Apparently, starting a ministry is like spiritual drowning? That’s what God is telling me. He will surround me and completely overwhelm me in the best way. So here’s to having the perfect vacation and now… onto breathing under deep water!

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  1. Hey Helena, your blogs are always inspiring, your life is very interesting and full of adventure. I am writing Christian song lyrics and I would like to ask for your permission to use “breathing under deep water” as part of one of my songs! Prayers would be greatly appreciated for this pursuit 🙂 thank you 😀 God bless you abundantly

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