I’ve been home from my vacation five days and still I have not gone grocery shopping. We are having a heat wave so I am just huddling inside. I still managed to cook my traditional meal for July 28, the Peruvian beef stir fry “lomo saltado” (without the beef), which I wrote about 2 years ago. Adding Pace salsa sauce brought it to the top! The very “top” would be to celebrate this day once more in Peru.
I am torn between Sweden and Peru. I have family in both places. I inherited family in Peru when my father married one of my good friends. My cousin Milene came to the wedding, and my grandchildren just loved her!
A great surprise for my niece was that my father came from Sweden. It was very hard for my sister-in-law to keep it a secret, but she managed.
Someone else at the wedding was Mama Puppy with her very dressed up “mommy”, my princess Sarah.
As Sarah had her Mama Puppy, I was surrounded by my loved ones. A special treat was to see my “little” brother; not so little anymore. The one that I prayed for every night when I was twelve. The one that I made call me “mommy” when he was two! Here he is with my precious ones!
We survived the heat. That wasn’t the worse. To find our way around to the different places was another story. What a blessing that my daughter had a GPS on her phone. These modern-day gadgets are wonderful!
Something wonderful I heard on this trip was Brianna telling us that she and her sister Lana were becoming good friends. “LOVE hides in surprising places.” I received that quote today in an advertising. I was so pleasantly surprised to hear Brianna say, “Let’s be friends forever.” She asked me the same thing a few years ago.
To be friends, don’t we all need that?! Sometimes siblings have rivalry among themselves. What a goal to work on being friends!
I don’t know how long Mama Puppy is going to be around. But what I hope will stay for a long time, and grow stronger day by day is the sense of friendship between “my” girls. After the wedding they had some wonderful days by Stormy Lake in northern Wisconsin, days to strengthen their friendship. I’ll have some pictures about that visit tomorrow.
Let me leave with this word about friends.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov 17:17).