My darling girl

Here are some of my favorite photos from my week in the malnutrition clinics and a few of my favorite quotes that are giving me inspiration at the moment. The first photo shows goats wandering through our makeshift clinic under a mango tree one beautiful morning.

This image will always remind me of the day a health surveillance assistant (HSA) came up to our team as we were finishing up for the morning and said, "I've found some mothers and children who could use your help". We all piled into the car and drove to meet them as he already had the mothers assembled and waiting for us. We had to pass through fields and fields of tea higher up in the mountains, and through a guarded gate to access them. I was so thankful the guards let us pass that day, as we did not have prior permission to get on the land. The back of the land-cruiser you see here is what our driver works out of every morning, handing out the peanut formula. The photos that follow are those mothers we met for the first time that day. A group of 20 or so young women.
 The resourcefulness and patience of our field team has been my biggest inspiration this week.

These quotes have me thankful I've never lived a safe and "normal" life, but has me wondering- what's next? Life seems to be constantly reminding me to soak in every moment- both those unexpected ones and the ones that seem ordinary at the time, but run together to create a fantastic life full of memories!  

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” 
-Vincent Van Gogh

“Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy — one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.” 

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night

The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask. 
-180 degrees south

“In sorrow, pretend to be fearless. In happiness, tremble.” 

-Jane Hirshfield, last lines to “In Praise of Coldness”, in Each Happiness Ringed by Lions

“My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” 

-Alice Hoffman, from Practical Magic