Hope is All Around Us

what. a. day.  :)  


I was really looking forward to breakfast this morning – after seeing all the waffles and pancakes on blogs lately, I knew we needed to make some soon!


We had whole wheat pancakes with pure maple syrup, a mix of clementines/bananas/strawberries, and coffee.








The most exciting part about today was that we had some visitors at church today: Mizero, Children of Rwanda

What is Mizero?


Our Mission

Why Hope for Rwanda?

15% of children are orphans because of the genocide.
2% of the population are HIV orphans because of the genocide.
250,000 women were raped during the genocide.


* The Good News message of hope, peace, and healing through music and dance.


* Hope to the homeless, the orphans, those with HIV/Aids, and vulnerable by providing shelter, nourishment, and education.
* The Mizero Troupe annually to tour in various countries outside Rwanda.
* Awareness of Rwanda’s beautiful traditions to the world.


* Self-sustaining communities through our future Arts Academy in Rwanda, which will provide them with a well-rounded, Christ-centered education including both academics and cultural traditions irregardless of of the student’s race or religion.
* Unity between various churches and humanitarian aid groups already in Rwanda.


* But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.  Psalm 33:18-22 



If you have the chance to see this group or are looking for a group to support, this is a great mission.  Seeing a group of children doing this and having a passion for this gives me hope; if these kids can spread a message of hope and peace after going through the things they’ve gone through, anything is possible.

This was an awesome group of children, and they were so talented. They played these crazy drums and sang songs for us, and we had the opportunity to serve them lunch. I do not have pictures of lunch – I didn’t take my camera with me because I thought we would just be coming home for lunch, but then we found out we could bring them food and eat with them, so we went with them instead.

Before we went to the camp where they were staying, Nick and I got a small lunch because we weren’t sure if there would only be enough food for Mizero. I had a brown rice cali roll, some water, and a small bag of dark chocolate m&m’s.

We went to the camp and ate with Mizero and some other people from church – it was really great to see the kids from our church playing with the Mizero kids.


Once we got home (around 4 pm), we took a LONG nap on the couch and I started on some laundry.


 For dinner, we had this:





I simmered a cup of wheatberries on the stove in 2.5 cups of water until they were tender/chewy, about 45 minutes.


When they had been cooking for about 25 minutes, I started cooking a mix sliced mushrooms, diced onions, and diced green pepper. Once those had cooked/softened a bit, I added in a pound of lean ground beef. After the beef finished cooking, I stirred in the wheatberries, Italian seasoning, garlic, a can of tomato sauce, and a can of diced tomatoes. I let all of that cook together while I steamed a bunch of broccoli in the microwave. I added some rosemary and garlic to the broccoli and – voila! Not the fastest dinner (because of the wheatberries), but definitely easy  :)


Whew – I think I covered everything!   I hope your day was as good as ours!


I’m off to catch up on blogs, download a yoga class for tomorrow, finish a load of laundry, and get ready for Iron Chef  –  night!


Edited to Add:  I did have some popcorn drizzled with olive oil last night   :)  One of my favorite snacks!



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