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Tag, you’re it!

My (real life and blog) friend Ashley over at The Pollock Potluck tagged in a game of blog tag!  Ashley lives in the cutest little town with her husband, adorable son Luke and two doggies!  We actually met in college because both of our then boyfriends, now husbands were in the same fraternity.  I wish we had known each other better then because we seem so similar in our values and interests!  But better late than never!  Ashley writes about all of the funny and not-so-humorous moments of being a new mom.  Go on over to her blog and check her out!  I’ve never done anything like this before but I can’t wait to answer her questions and tag some of my blog friends!

So I am supposed to answer the 11 questions Ashley came up with and then create 11 more questions and tag several bloggers/friends!  Here we go!

1. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to and why?
Hmm, I don’t know if I would change my name.  I have always loved Erin Elizabeth (is that vain?).  I like a ton of other names but I can’t even write them out because pretending to have another name feels so weird!!

2. What website(s) consumes most of your internet time?
Eek.  I am ashamed to say Facebook and Pinterest.  I’m more ashamed about Facebook.  I check it way too often- it doesn’t help that it’s on my phone.  But I love Pinterest and I think it was one of the most brilliant ideas ever.  I’m still waiting for an Ipad app though, HINT HINT Pinterest!  Feel free to follow me!  Pinterest is especially helpful right now because I’m helping my future sister-in-law and brother plan their wedding!

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3. Is there one household chore you love to do?  How about detest?
I don’t particularly love doing any chores but I love the feeling after I do them.  I guess I love vacuuming because you can see an instant change, like the lines it makes in the carpet.  :)  Haha I need instant gratification!  I would say I detest cleaning toilets, I mean who doesn’t?

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4. Coke or Pepsi?  Diet or regular?
Well I would definitely prefer coke over pepsi and totally diet over regular but I am really trying not to drink soda.  I stopped having soda consistently in August of 2010 and have only had about 10 sodas since then (when I’m super craving them).  Before I quit drinking soda I had atleast one Diet Dr. Pepper a day.

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5. You have an entire day off to yourself- no commitments, no responsibilities.  What do you do?
Wow anything I want???  Can I use imaginary money too?  I would probably go get a massage and then a mani/pedi.  Then I would get a banana pudding milkshake from Chick-fil-a and I’d probably go shopping.  I think that’s it.  It sounds kinda lame but that’s the best I could come up with without doing the impossible like teleporting to a million places.  That would certainly make my time much more efficient.

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6. Have you ever been to Disney?
Yep, we went for 7 days in 1993.  My parents took 4 kids who were 9, 7 {me}, 5, 3.  Crazy.  {I know there is a good pic of us at Disney- in matching outfits- but I don’t have access to it.  Maybe I’ll add it later… if you’re lucky. Trust me, you’ll want to see it.}

Here are the pics!  See?  They are amazing.

Matching fanny packs and outfits!  Holla.

Tree trunk legs are hot and totally not awkward.

7. If you online shop, tell me where?  If not, what stores do you frequent to drop some dolla dolla bills?
I think I probably spend the most online at Amazon (books, music, general stuff).  Stores that I frequent the most are probably Target, TJ Maxx and Homegoods.

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8. What are your fears?
I think some of my most frequent fears are losing other family members.  My dad passed away when I was a freshman in college so I frequently think about losing other family members.  I am also very afraid of finding a dead body in a bathroom stall.

But going in a different direction, an inspirational quote from one of my favorite authors.

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9. If you were a famous athlete, what would you be famous for?
Probably soccer.  I think I started when I was in about 3rd grade and played every year through the end of my freshman year in college.  I have played on a couple of indoor teams since moving to Richmond and I’m about to start playing again {starting next weekend!}.  I am so excited!  {The pic below is me probably as a sophomore in high school}.

10. Right handed or left?
Right

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11. 30 years from now, what does your life look like?
I hope to have a lot of kids- few of our own and a few Haitian bebes- probably living in a big farmhouse on a bunch of land.

It’s your turn! {even if I don’t tag you, you should do it.  Come on PEEER PRESSURE!}

Dorsa @ My Running Thoughts

Marcie @ Sassy. Happy.

Ashley @ The Chic Line

Elizabeth @ E, Myself and I

Stephanie @ The Almost Runner

Alyssa @ Life of Blyss

Emily @ Jones Design Company

Now for your questions!

1. What is the #1 destination on your dream vacation list?

2. What is the most recent or best thing you’ve DIY’d?

3. What is your favorite recipe?

4. What is the most inspiring or best book that you’ve EVER read?

5. What are some of your favorite daily blog reads?

6. What is your fave quote?

7. Favorite childhood book

8. Fave nail polish brand/color

9. If you won 1 Million dollas in the lottery, what would you do with it?

10. If you could go back and change any event in your life, would you?  If so, what would you change?

11.  Favorite time of year and why.

Now go ahead and tag your friends!  Answer my 11 questions and tag your own blogging buddies and ask them 11 questions!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Haiti changed my life.

I’m probably going to ramble a lot but I just feel like I need a brain dump.  There are so many times since being back when I just want to cry.  Yeah.

So I went to Haiti this past week.  We went on a medical and construction missions trip – I was on the construction team.  People have been asking me how the trip went and I don’t even know what to say.  There is no word for how I feel.  I’ve heard about culture shock but never really understood or experienced it.  I have definitely been struggling since coming back.  I feel guilty for what I have and the way I live.  My shed in the backyard is a palace compared to the way 95% of Haitians live.  I saw a pile of magazines on my floor that I plan on throwing away and I thought that Walencia, a little girl I met, would love to have those magazines to read, or look at pictures or even use them to make necklaces.

There is an organization called The Apparent Project where Haitians get 80% of the sales from their jewelry/artwork (go and buy some  jewelry!).  This is one good step being taken in Haiti to get people on their feet.  Not even back on their feet because most people never were.  There is such poverty in Haiti I can’t even describe it.  Most live in mud/stick houses that have big, gaping holes in the sides with tin roofs that have holes which were created from the rain beating down constantly during rainy season.  It’s amazing because right now- it is so dry.  So much dust and no rain.  Yet during rainy season the rain doesn’t stop.

We fixed a roof for one lady who has tuberculosis.  Her 4 children also have TB.  They all sleep on one double sized mattress.  I get to sleep on a king sized mattress.  Guilt.

And I know that some of you won’t be able to understand.  I didn’t understand before I went.  My boss, her husband, my Granny and brother have all been to Haiti.  I’ve heard them tell stories about the amazing things they have experienced there.  I enjoyed the pictures and the stories but after a while it went in one ear and out the other.  There is no way to understand what is going on until you go somewhere like that and experience it yourselves which is why you. should. go.  I just had the best, eye-opening, life changing week of my life.

Haiti has made it so hard to adopt children.  They want to keep their people in their country so bad that it seems like they would rather them die in their country than have a better life in another.  I was offered a little boy named Jou.  Seriously, his cousin was trying to put him on the truck with us, begging us to take him.  I would have taken him if I wouldn’t have been arrested at the airport.  His mother and father are dead and his cousin is raising him.  I mean seriously, I used to watch those starving orphans on TV and not have any compassion towards them.  Did I not think they were real?  I don’t know.  But they are real.  Jou is real.  I hope I can use my experience and let that change my world view and how I live.  I never want to forget this feeling I have.

I can not wait to go back.  Brandon and I loved it so much that we want to start a group.  Everyone should get to experience what I did last week.  It is amazing how little they have yet they are so joyful.  Everyone is always smiling.  Wherever we were, we would wave and say “bonjou” or “bonswa” and they would wave back and smile.  If we did that in America, we would get the weirdest looks.  We’re all so consumed with what we’re doing and where we’re going that we forget to smile and be nice.  It’s amazing how a simple smile affects someone.  We were all so happy this past week despite the living conditions and poverty that was surrounding us.

God is doing such amazing work through so many people there.  There are 4 missionary couples that work for CSI (Christian Services International).  Greg and Cathy are running the guest house we stayed in.  Greg helps organize all the groups coming down.  Tim and Toby run the girls home next to Greg and Cathy.  They have adopted 20 Haitian girls.  They are trying to educate and raise them to love and to give back to their country.  Jeff and Jean live next to Tim and Toby.  Jeff runs the construction crew and also ministers to the community (he was a pastor and owned his own construction company back in the states).  We worked with Jeff all week.  His wife, Jean is a teacher for a Haitian school.  She drives 11 miles to go to school which takes her over an hour!   There is so much traffic and the roads are so bad!  Tony and Tracy run the clinic next to Jeff and Jean.  One of them will usually stay back at the clinic while the other will go with the mobile medical groups.  They do charge their patients because they said their services are much more valued when the Haitians have to pay.  After the earthquake, there was so much free healthcare that most people don’t want to pay anything now.  Yet if they were to offer free healthcare from the clinic, it would be worthless to them.  So they try to charge just a little bit so that the Haitians can have some sort of ownership.

I went thinking I was going to make some people better and fix their houses but I think I got more out of week than I gave.  God is using something awful like an earthquake and bringing so much more to Haiti.  The day after the earthquake there were thousands of people in the streets praising God.  I’m pretty sure that would not have been my reaction.

Well writing this post was exhausting.  I didn’t even say half of what I wanted to say but hopefully you got a little glimpse into what we did last week.  Sorry for all the rambling.

Have you ever been on a missions trip or anything like this before?  How did it affect you?

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